WHITE NOISE 2
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
A dude loves his family, and one day they’re unfortunately murdered by a seemingly desperate madman. He tries to off himself, but it doesn’t work, and when he wakes up he find out that he can tell when someone’s going to die- and he can save them before it’s too late.
Is it good movie?
I’m a fan of the concept of EVP (electronic voice phenomena), and really find the stuff to be genuinely creepy. It’s realistic and completely plausible, and makes for a potentially scary story. The first White Noise starred Micheal Keaton (weird eh?) and really tried to explore what EVP actually is..for about half of the movie, until the last half turned into an implausible trainwreck.
And now, we’re confronted with White Noise 2, a straight to video sequel starring Nathan Fillion, an actor I’m quite fond of who would surely bring some credibility to the proceedings. I’d heard some decent things about this bad boy, and was very primed to watch it to see if it corrected the mistakes of the first film.
White Noise 2 is only a bit better than its predecessor, which is unfortunate because it had potential. The film is played very seriously, and acted well by the leads for the most part. Fillion is clearly not just cashing a paycheque here, and I definitely felt the man’s pain when it came to losing his family. With that said, I thought he recovered from this rather quickly and began acting normal a bit too soon.
But what about the scares and the EVP and the whole “I see pre-dead people”? Well, the scares are in abundance, in true “boo” form, although they don’t add a ton to the plot. Seriously, you’ll end up getting about 10 good jump scares out of this one, with random dead people popping up to haunt Fillion’s Abe character. As far as EVP goes, you can throw that entire premise just about completely out the window because it would be really insulting to believe that this movie could ever be inspired by any ‘real’ cases of EVP. Essentially, when something bad is about to happen, Abe sees static that jumps from monitor to monitor no matter where he is. Yeah, that’s right, jumping static that can even cause explosions, as we see near the end of the film.
Also, the whole ‘love interest ‘ thing was really stupid, in my opinion. As cute as Katie Sackhoff is, her character was really annoying, overbearing and it seemed ridiculous to me that Abe would ever be interested in the nurse that helped him recover from the grisly death of his family only months earlier. Lame. My biggest gripe with this flick was the ending though. I understood the twist and thought it was passable, but the last 10 minutes or so of this film really killed it for me. I thought the end was silly and really not very scary. The story is explained well and well written, but poorly executed for the last half of the film.
Video / Audio
Video is sharp looking, reference quality stuff presented in 2.35:1 widescreen.
Audio also sounds great, really nice stuff, Dolby 5.1 of course.
First we get Exploring The Near Death Experience, which is easily the best part of the special features. Running about 15 minutes long, we get real testimonies from people who have experienced what it’s like to come back after being declared legally dead. Compelling, creepy and interesting, I’d love to know more about this stuff. This feature is handled well, and takes the whole thing seriously- the way it should be.
Making of White Noise 2 is a very brief EPK which essentially has the actors saying “this movie is cool and it scared me” while the directors and writers talk about how great the script, cast and directing are.
The Deleted Scenes run about a half an hour long and there are a dozen of them. Most of them are disposable, although you’ll find a decent alternate ending that I preferred.
The last feature here, Journey Into Madness, is sort of neat. Nathan Fillion tours a real-life haunted asylum in Canada, which is pretty funny. It’s not played all that seriously, and Fillion’s charm shines through. It has some neat information, but is light hearted and done for laughs.
You’ll find a trailer here too.
White Noise 2 didn’t live up to the hype I’d read about, and I thought it had a lot of potential. Nathan Fillion is solid, the scares are plentiful and the plot is so-so, but the whole thing really took a nasty turn near the end of the film that I couldn’t recover from. White Noise 2 is a watchable film given that it is a DTV sequel to a first effort that generally struck out, but I can’t wholeheartedly recommend it.