White Noise Review
Written by: TERRORWATCH
This was defiantly a movie without a punch but it did deliver a real amount of creepiness that i wasn't expecting. White Noise was brought to us in 2005 by UK TV director Geoffrey Sax who's works include, "Clocking Off" (2000) and Van Helsing Chronicles (1997). The movie's main star was Michael Keaton who did actually surprise me and come up with a decent role to play. The movie has so much creepiness to it because mainly its about EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena). This term the meaning of talking to the "dead" by high audio recordings on, "White noise". So the movie takes us to the death of John's wife and his unborn child, soon enough he gets involved in all sorts of EVP and is soon addicted to trying to hear is wife speak. After a while experimenting he realises that the world of spirits ain't all good and soon contacts some evil ones, with the help of his dead wife she shows him he can do good of his experiments and that the evil forces can do more than expected. The movie does sound pretty cool and with a solid story meant to be its doing great at the box office. The advertisement campaign was huge with posters and flyer's here there and everywhere, this movie defiantly comes with a punch.
Now acting in this movie is from from excellent, the movie just seemed a bit to quiet and motionless. Michael Keaton plays John Rivers, a grieving man that loses his wife and unborn child. The performance was OK, at times it was great to see the energy of the man but at other times when the acting counted he didn't perform. Scenes like the grieving and different emotional crying scenes felt wasted and lost because of his acting, it failed to tell me this was a man ruined by his loss. The cast included Michael Keaton, Deborah Kara Unger, Chandra West, Ian McNeice and Amber Rothwell. Another thing i didn't really get with the movie is that the characters didn't really gel together and i ended up feeling that although on screen the characters were family and friends it never felt like that. Overall though the movies acting isn't too bad and with allot of crying comes allot of emotion sadly though none really off the man of the show which of course was stole by brilliant Michael Keaton and true to say not his best performance.
Now ghost movies don't really have much to see in them and most of them really run off hide and seek scenes like The Others. The movie was just the same and the visuals wasn't too in your face here, it was pretty bare overall until the last few scenes. Now movie through the movie we see certain things, well mostly a TV that needs a tuner, slight visuals within that and then boring Michael Keaton. We don't get really any effects until the last scenes were John finds out were a missing girl is being kept. The scenes dark and really creepy in the dock yard with the dirty damaged building really made it look grubby. We then see a really cool scene were John gets view of a table full of knifes and really bad things like chemicals only a psycho would keep, this makes you tense. The next scenes shows us some CGI ghosts which for me was a bad thing to see. Due to most of the movie being a non seeing movie we now get to see full ghosts up close and i thought keeping it secret would have kept the suspense. The CGI wasn't too good but the scene were it was staged was quick and painless in turn didn't do much damage to the movie. Another scene that was great was a TV seen were we see Johns wife trying to communicate with him and then this distressed woman smack at the screen shouting. This scene was good and had everyone at the cinema screaming and i personally thought it was one of the best scares Ive seen, it even had me jumping. So this is not a all action ghost movie The Haunting (1999) its just one of them, hide and seek things that actually work and go with the whole style and story of the movie.
With white noise everywhere in this movie it was important that the speeches in the white noise wasn't corny and lame. The movie did deliver a real like amount of voices coming from the white noise, a few corny ones but since the whole movie is full of them it wasn't too bad. The scary TV scene as i said was achieved by the loud shocking bang from the TV and really enhanced the whole scene. The background sound was very low and lazy, a bit like a detective series, not too bad indeed. Some camera scenes were great, i really liked the first conversation John and EVP manic Raymond Price had, the camera shots were simple but really set a real spin round feel making it feel like Johns world was actually falling apart.
Overall the movie is a pretty cool one on the lines of The Sixth Sense but very original indeed. It had its own style and it delivered the best corner of the ghost world, EVP. Michael Keaton did a great job and i wasn't disappointed that much with the movie. It was a solid movie and very simple but at times i did get lost with the story line but good clear scenes brought it back just well. The ending for me could of been different and a really wanted a house bound ghost chase but we didn't get that, the movie took the wrong turn for me but it was still clearly good even with the ending it had. Any good horror movie fan will be expected to see this as it is a good edition to the ghost section in our horror collections. Go see it in theaters today.