White Noise 2 (2007)

Genre(s): Drama / Fantasy / Thriller
Rogue Pictures || PG13 - 99 minutes - $29.98 || January 8, 2008
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2008-01-16


Buy this DVD from Amazon.com!
.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

A U D I O &
.:: V I D E O ::.

Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Patrick Lussier
Writer(s): Matt Venne (written by)
Cast: Nathan Fillion, Katee Sackoff, Craig Fairbrass, Adrian Holmes


Theatrical Release Date: NA


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Exploring the Near-Death Experience
  • The Making of White Noise 2
  • Journey into Madness


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

Comment on this and other movies on the message board!


.::THE FILM::.

IMAGE

The world of direct-to-DVD seems to grow exponentially every year between the numerous American Pie spin(rip)-offs and other movies that didn’t do all that well theatrically (Stir of Echoes comes to mind). What I wonder is, exactly who wanted them in the first place?

White Noise 2 continues the tradition (at least here in the States where it never went to theaters) with needless DTV sequels. The original explored the spiritual realm via E.V.P.’s (also known as Electronic Voice Phenomena) as Michael Keaton’s character tries to communicate with his dead wife. Number 2 is basically the same, except it uses a different medium to propell the plot.

This sequel, which really has no connection with the original in terms of characters, has Abe Dale (Fillion; “Firefly”) grieving for his dead wife and child after a bizarre incident at a quaint little café. A stranger walks in, shows a gun and kills Abe’s family for apparently no reason before turning the gun on himself. Filled with utter grief and guilt, Abe tries taking his own life and experiences what experts call a “NDE” or Near Death Experience as he goes through a tunnel to what we assume is heaven to meet the ones he lost. He is brought back to life and finds that he now can see who can die and begins to save them without realizing the consequences.

At its core, WN2 is a decent movie but one that obviously could be DTV. Nathan Fillion is a good actor but with little to do with a mundane and, frankly, boring script, that humor and charisma Fillion has shown on a series like “Firefly” couldn’t come through all that well. Katee Sackoff of “Battlestar Galactica” fame, plays Sherry Clarke, one of those who Abe saves after an attempted abduction/rape. Sherry knows what Abe is going through after losing her own husband and the two forms a bond.

Although I never really got into the movie very much, it comes off more like a modestly budgeted Sci-Fi Channel Original Movie, it at least kept my attention some of the time, that is, until the final act where the entire sequence was downright laughable. Forget the so-so visual effects or acting. Leaving alone a script that needed the touch of someone with more experience outside of a single episode of “Masters of Horror” (according to IMDb), White Noise 2 just didn’t seem needed.

There’s some OK talent attached with director Patrick Lussier, most well known for this Dracula movies spanning from 2000 to 2005 (as well as the editor on many of Wes Craven’s films), but outside of a couple of true scares, this isn’t something someone needs to own. Personally, if I’ll watch a marathon of “Ghost Hunters” before I put this disc in again...



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Deleted Scenes (33:06) – Most of the 15 scenes included are just extended from what was in the final version. I guess the more notable one is an extension on the ending which doesn’t make the movie any better.

Exploring the Near-Death Experience (14:13) – Like the original White Noise examined EVPs, this one takes a look at NDEs through the eyes of 6 people who went through it and how the experience changed their lives.

The Making of White Noise 2 (7:58) – Short ‘making-of’ with the usual sound bites from the members of the cast and crew. It doesn’t reveal much on the special or visual effects except to show some behind-the-scenes footage.

Journey Into Madness (5:55) – Nathan Fillion, along with a (cute) “Location Production Assistant”, take the viewer on a tour of a supposedly haunted mental hospital used during filming of WN2. It’s played up for yucks by Fillion but still a cool featurette. Shame we didn’t get a commentary from Fillion...



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

IMAGE

White Noise 2 is presented in anamorphic widescreen, with a 2.35 OAR. The picture looks crisp and clean, but it isn’t anything that great either. Stylistically, it seems fairly simple and while not on par with a big budget theatrical movie, it’s still good enough.

A Dolby Digital 5.1 track is offered along with the Spanish equivalent. It is on par with current releases.



.::OVERALL::.

White Noise 2 is your typical D-T-V release (again, for the US) and there definitely was potential but overall it comes across more like a SciFi Channel Original Movie than anything else. In terms of the DVD, a commentary with Fillion would’ve been great as his stuff in the extras was the best part of the entire disc!