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White Noise 2
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01.29.2008 By: Mathew Plale
White Noise 2 order
Director:
Patrick Lussier

Actors:
Nathan Fillion
Kate Sackhoff
Craig Fairbrass

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
After seeing his family brutally murdered, Abe Dale (Fillion), who had a near-death experience at the time, inherits the gift of predicting the deaths of those around him.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
The Prophecy 3, Dracula II, Dracula III…quite a string director Patrick Lussier has woven for his filmography. Thanks to the direct-to-video market, Lussier (probably better know as the guy who edited 16 episodes of MacGyver) pulled in either enough clout to convince or money to bribe Brightlight Pictures into $10 million and megaphone.

Lussier’s latest sequel, White Noise 2 (sequel to the 2005 Michael Keaton beyond-the-grave mystery), reached its theatrical peak on 308 of the UK’s most tolerant screens, leaving sucker DVD critics like myself to clean up the mess in the States. Near Death Experiences (NDEs) are the focus here, which sort of negates the whole Noise part of the title—we Americans didn’t even get ad subtitle The Light on our slipcases.

Abe Dale (Nathan Fillion, of short-lived series Firefly) just witnessed his family get shot to death—but don’t feel too bad, cause he inherits a superpower: portending the deaths of those around him, signaled by a glowing white light. And thus begins an investigation nearly as amateur and by-the-books as Keaton’s three years ago.

But though it’s the same deal as last go-‘round, the White Noise crowd will likely get a jolt from the sequel, chewing on quick-cut scare tactics and noisy effects while their geek friends ogle at Battlestar Galactica’s Kate Sackhoff, who makes the movie that much less interesting.

But for the haters (we meet on Tuesdays), there’s only one reason (save your free rental at Blockbuster for a tropical depression) to sit through White Noise 2: a double-dog dare with a guaranteed Grant upon completion.
THE EXTRAS
Deleted Scenes (33:07): The 12 here take their time to highlight Abe’s sulking, EVP description, more with Sherry, and scenes of the nature.

Exploring the Near-Death Experience (14:57) is an interesting piece concerning those who’ve had near-death experiences. Those who survived drowning, allergic reactions, heart failure, internal injuries, and car/rafting accidents share their stories.

The Making of White Noise 2 (8:37): Eh, standard promotional stuff here that shows the movie as more intelligent than it really is.

Journey Into Madness (6:02): PA Barbara Copp takes us on a tour of a supposedly haunted mental hospital. Spoooooooky.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
White Noise 2 is one of those movies that if you dug the original, it has the chance of being better. And as you can guess, if you disliked the original, then steer clear. Simple as.
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