White Noise (2005)

Genre(s): Drama / Thriller
Universal || PG13 - 101 minutes - $14.98 || May 17, 2005
Reviewer: Chris Gonzalez || Posted On: 2005-05-20


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.:: 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: Geoffrey Sax
Writer(s): Niall Johnson (screenplay)
Cast: Michael Keaton, Chandra West, Deborah Kara Unger, Ian McNeice


Theatrical Release Date: January 7, 2005


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Director & Actor Commentary
  • Making Contact: EVP Experts
  • Recording the Afterlife at Home
  • Hearing is Believing: Actual EVP Sessions
  • Deleted Scenes


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

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.::THE FILM::.

After a semi-introguing trailer this ridiculous ďthrillerĒ provides not a single shock, thrill, or entertaining moment. To review it further is really pointless, seeing as nothing in the movie works. It centers on Jonathan Rivers (Michael Keaton) losing his wife and learning sheís trying to contact him from the other side, though Electronic Voice Phenomenon. Itís an interesting concept mugged down by dull writing, uninspired performances, and overly predictable and clichťd scenarios. Itís a film that starts poorly and only gets worse as it goes along. Avoid at all costs.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Feature Commentary from Director and Michael Keaton: An incredibly boring and tired track. Itís as if the two of them know itís an aweful movie, and they have nothing to talk about. When they do decide to speak up, itís usually technical garbage, and one agreeing with the other. There are a lot of ďyeahsĒ and ďum hums".

Making Contact: E.V.P. Experts (8 minutes): This feature centers around members of the AA-EVP who truly believe in the phenomena. The speak about their organization, what itís purpose is, and their experiences with it. There is footage from conventions they hold which are truly odd, but interesting to see just how strongly they support their beliefs.

Recording the Afterlife at Home (4 minutes): Next up is a step- by-step instruction video on how to actually communicate with the dead. As with the feature before, itís all a little odd to see how serious and normally they take it, but still interesting. Itís mainly technical mumbo jumbo so unless youíre a huge EVP fan thereís not much to savor.

Hearing is Believing: Actual E.V.P. Sessions (14 minutes): As with the previous feature two leading members of the AA-EVP host this segment. It shows the two of them going to different locations and practicing their methods on volunteers. The segment rings false for the way itís done and the demeanor of those in it, but it does remain interesting for the participantís convictions. There are some lame attempts at mysterious shots and obviously rehearsed dialogue thatís supposed to be ďrealĒ.

Deleted Scenes (10 minutes): The deleted segments come with optional commentary from the director. There is one worthy 3 second change that is a more elaborate version of a death, but it didnít make the PG-13 cut so it was removed. The other four scenes are as useless and dull as the film itself.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Shot in 2.35:1 the transfer isnít perfect but it is a decent one given the material. There isnít much edge enhancement, colors seem fine, and there isnít anything that going to distract you from enjoying it. The film is a bit front heavy but there are some very nice surround effects when the creepy ambience beings. There are only a couple of loud scenes and they play out nicely. Itís pretty much standard stuff.



.::OVERALL::.

The film is a boring disaster that should not be given the time of day, under any circumstances. There is nothing in terms of the extras that gives the viewer any insight into the making of the movie. But, honestly I donít see who would want to know anything about the movie itself. The features, while not anywhere near great, are more entertaining and informative than the movie.