Broadcast Signal Intrusion (SXSW) review

Take a leaf straight out of the finest conspiracies of The X Files lore, Broadcast Signal Intrusion is a fascinating mystery which draws you and doesn’t let you go.

Video archivist James, who is putting himself into his work to get over a recent trauma, uncovers a conspiracy from a series of sinister pirate broadcasts.

I must admit that initially I found this film hard to get into, but once you pass the exposition stage you will be all in, and wanting to uncover the mystery just as much as James.

Being set in the late 1990s we get wafts of nostalgia such as huge cell phones and basic chatrooms, which thinking now were the precursor the social media dominated age we live in now.

Broadcast Signal Intrusion has a unique slow burn quality that is also complemented by a stunning score from Ben Lovett which pulsates and soars at the right times.

Harry Shum Jr. is excellent as our central protagonist James, who feels again plucked straight out of the Fox Mulder guide, ironically from the same time period the film is set in.

Despite the aforementioned slow burn it also has the ability to shock you and there some genuine WTF moments throughout that may catch you off guard.

The metaphor for Broadcast Signal Intrusion is very much in one quote from the film – You spend so long looking for answers, you forget what the question is. When is the right time to let go? Will the answers satisfy your needs? I guess you can make up your own mind on these counts as the credits roll.

Slick and engrossing, Broadcast Signal Intrusion could turn out to be one of the best genre films of 2021.

Broadcast Signal Intrusion screened as part of the SXSW Film Festival 2021.


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