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White Noise 2: The Light (2007)

Cast: Nathan Fillion, Nathan Fillion, Katee Sackhoff, more...
Director: Patrick Lussier, Patrick Lussier
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Studio: Universal Studios
Genre: Horror, Suspense/Thriller, Supernatural/Occult
Running Time: 99 min.
Languages: English, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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In lieu of continuing the events of Geoffrey Sax's 2005 thriller White Noise (which starred Michael Keaton and Chandra West), the supernatural thriller White Noise 2 (released in Great Britain as White Noise: The Light) begins with a separate set of characters and explores a thematically similar set of events. Abe Dale (Nathan Fillion) is a sweet-natured, contented husband and father whose wife, Rebecca (Kendall Cross) and young son, Danny (Josh Ballard) are butchered by a seemingly crazed gunman. Henry Caine (Craig Fairbrass) bursts into a diner and shoots both of them, then turns the gun on himself. Devastated, Abe makes an unsuccessful suicide bid, then awakens in a hospital, where he finds himself in a near death experience, pulled inexorably toward a bright light. Regaining consciousness, Abe discovers his sudden, newfound ability to spot "auras" around the living that signal death in advance. He uses the precognition to save several lives from potential disaster, as a kind of 'avenging angel,' but soon discovers that these interventions against death wreak exceedingly dire and ugly consequences on Earth. ~ Nathan Southern, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Good acting, truly pathetic script. by emdoub September 13, 2009 - 8:57 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
In the movie that this is supposedly a sequel to, a man discovers the (widely documented) phenomena of EVP - Electronic Voice Phenomena, in which voices can be heard and/or faces seen in recordings made by equipment that was not receiving any signal when it was recording. The movie reports on the phenomena reasonably accurately, and the story is built up around plausable events, positing that EVP is what it's thought to be.

In this 'sequel', the phenomena of Near Death Experience is what the story's based upon, with minor reference to EVP. NDE is pretty widely documented, too - unfortunately, the writer/director team gave the phenomena a whole new twist - after his own NDE, our protagonist can tell when people are about to die, and starts saving them. Ghosts appear in his house, video screens have blobs of white noise appear to overlay the actual picture, and EVP-sounding voices start coming out of PA systems, etc - but only our protagonist can hear them. We're off in La-La Land, folks.

At one early point, an EVP researcher speaks of 'de-tuned receivers', as if it's a modification - when it's just a receiver that's tuned into the bandwidth between stations. When he confirms that our protagonist can see EVP-like phenomena on the screen without a recorder, he claims that his NDE has turned him into a de-tuned receiver - showing that the writer/director read some material without any real understanding of what the phrase means.

About halfway in, the conflict becomes clear, which I won't spoil - but I will say that it's totally nonsensical. Quick cuts give us some shock value, and there is some "what will happen next" suspense, amid the absurd theology and downright wrong information given about Lucifer's hand in all of this. There are plot bits from other movies patched in, and a fun reference to Nathan Fillion's earlier role in _Firefly_ and _Serenity_ - but the story will insult your intelligence, deeply.

On the other hand, the pacing and cinematography are good, the acting is fine, and some of the dialog is downright charming. If you're already a fan of Fillion's from his earlier roles, that's a bonus. If you can take your forebrain out of gear and just enjoy the ride, you can enjoy this movie. If you need the explanations to actually make sense, or expect the same respect given to NDE that the original movie gave to EVP, you're going to be annoyed. I'm a Fillion fan, so it worked - but only just barely.

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