White Noise review
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People with insomnia can sometimes use white noise to help them go to sleep. Now it seems they can also use White Noise the movie to get to the same result. This is the first wide release of 2005, and like most other years, the first release is a stinker. The plot of White Noise revolves around the concept of Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP), where the dead contact the living through the static in radio or television transmissions. It's an interesting idea, utterly ruined in this moronic, by-the-numbers horror movie. It's a real shame for Michael Keaton, who has stayed out of the spotlight in recent years. If Keaton keeps up with films like this and Chasing Liberty, then he really needs to take a second look at the scripts he is reading.
To get to the entire point of the movie, one needs to sit through nearly forty minutes of nothing. There is too much time spent on setting up the plot, only to have everything else happen too quickly. In a short amount of time, Jonathan goes from grieving widower to superhero. There is no real logic to how or why this happens, and the script does a shoddy job of tying things together in the end. The ending is a real let down, because it leaves gaping holes in the plot and fails to explain many things. Why is Anna doing what she is doing? How come nothing bad ever happened to Price after years of EVP? Doesn't Jonathan realize he has a son anymore? Worse, the director uses cheap shots to make people jump instead of creating a scary mood. He then telegraphs every scene with a loud, intrusive score. He is doing everything possible to try to trick viewers into thinking this is a horror film. Well, it's not.
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