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White Noise
Release Date: January 7, 2005
Length: 1 Hr. 41 Min.
Rated: PG-13 for violence, disturbing images and language
Distributor: Brightlight Pictures
Starring: Michael Keaton, Ian McNeice, Chandra West, Aaron Douglas, Deborah Kara Unger, Keegan Connor Tracy, Colin Chapin, Anastasia Corbett, Mike Dopud, Miranda Frigon

Directed by: Geoffrey Sax
Produced by: Simon Brooks, Stephen Hegyes, Scott Niemeyer
Written by: Niall Johnson

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Reviewed by Scott Jeffries
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Directed by Geoffrey Sax, white noise is more than just a horror flick-in fact, it can aptly be described as one which deals with the supernatural.

The film is centered around a happily married couple-Jonathan (Michael Keaton) and Anna (Chandra West). They lead an ideal life and have no worries. Then, suddenly Anna goes missing and is found dead. There is no reason or motive behind her death and it leaves Jonathan despondent and broken.

Then, a man comes to Jonathan and tells him that Anna is trying to contact him from the other world. She does this through EVP- Electronic Voice Phenomenon. This basically means that she tries to communicate through phone, TV and radio static. Skeptical at first, Jonathan turns into a believer when he sees it happen and experiences it personally. He then learns the art of deciphering EVP. Anna starts telling him about what is going to happen - tragedies and accidents that he can help avoid.

In between all this cozy talk, Jonathan does something he is not aware of - he opens the world of the living to the other side, the dark side and soon things start spiraling out of control as not all ghosts are as understanding and helpful as Anna.

Talking about the good points - the movie highlights and introduces the audience to EVP. This is not something which many people are aware of and it actually exists. There is a lot of research happening on the topic and scientists have proof that it does exist. The lead actors have done a convincing job - you really do feel bad when Anna dies, what with her being pregnant and all. The frustration and depression that Jonathan goes through is almost palpable. Even the supporting cast has complimented their performance.

The bad part is that the continuity is really not done well. There are at least 5-6 scenes which have glaring flaws as far as continuity is concerned. Also, in one scene, you can actually see a camera man filming! Very unprofessional.

The movie goes on to talk about something that is debatable - EVP. Strongly religious people might find it offensive. And if Jonathan can do it, why donít other people? They have made EVP look like something very simple, which it is not. And why does Anna try to save others from death when it is a natural phenomenon? Plus, does she not know that there are some unsavory elements in the other side which are going to try and get into the real world - all thanks to her helpful nature?

The movie has a very sixth sense feel to it, based on a similar topic where a person gets to communicate with the other side. Though the film has its share of violent content, it is not gory and disgusting with a lot of screaming for company. It is mature and the fear is psychological - it makes you feel that we are really not alone and that we are surrounded by those who have passed on - not a very comforting thought.

All in all, a decent film. Definitely worth a watch.

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