White Noise (I) (2005)

PG-13   |    |  Drama, Horror, Mystery


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An architect's desire to speak with his wife from beyond the grave becomes an obsession with supernatural repercussions.


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9 January 2005 | JoeKarlosi
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| An intriguing subject gone haywire *1/2
What a shame it is when a potentially captivating and refreshingly low-key story manages to latch onto your interest at the start and then gradually lets you down further and further until you're left scratching your mystified head by the time it reaches its overdone conclusion. Unfortunately, this is what happened to me by the end of WHITE NOISE.

It wasn't Michael Keaton's fault; it was a pleasure to see him return as the star of a brand new movie once again, looking a bit wrinkled perhaps, but still managing to give a strong and sincere performance. As a man whose wife has recently died, he becomes obsessed with her wandering spirit in the afterlife (not a new idea), apparently getting contacted by her through that funky electrical fuzz business you see on your television screen when there's nothing being broadcast.

The idea of spirits communicating via the airwaves is called EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena) and there are a lot of people who actually believe in it for real, so I'm not going to make any comments about what I think of that, or them. Let me just say that I'm all for suspension of disbelief when it comes to buying into fantastic films like this, but what I can't tolerate is not understanding what the hell was supposed to be taking place, which is about where I was left stranded when the credits finally began to roll. Much static indeed.

There are occasionally movies like this that have me completely baffled, but if a film fails to make itself clear for me, I tend to consider that to be the fault of the filmmaker, not my own (unless I watched it while I was too tired to focus or something). Well, for WHITE NOISE I was wide awake, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed -- so guess who's to blame?

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Trivia

The EVP recording from the trailer ("I will see you no more") that is attributed to a woman named Ruth Baxter, who died in 1987, is supposedly a recording from Point Lookout, a "haunted" lighthouse in Maryland, made by an EVP researcher named Sarah Estep. The lighthouse was used as a hospital during the Civil War, and some interpretations of the recording believe it to say, "I was seeing the war", or "I was seeing the water". While the recording is said to be authentic by the AAEVP, the Ruth Baxter story is fictional.


Quotes

Jonathan Rivers: Do I know you?
Raymond Price: My name is Raymond Price.
Jonathan Rivers: Are you following me?
Raymond Price: It's about your wife, Mr. Rivers. I've been receiving messages from her from the other side.
Jonathan Rivers: From what other side?
Raymond Price: Jonathan, your wife is dead.


Goofs

(at around 17 mins) When Anna is carrying the bags of groceries on the videotape, the box of cereal is open.


Crazy Credits

The opening of the film starts with: "Nobody knows whether our personalities pass on to another existence or sphere, but if we can evolve an instrument so delicate to be manipulated by our personality as it survives in the next life such an instrument ought to record something..." Thomas Edison 1928 E.V.P.; (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) The recording of voices and images of the dead, using de-tuned receiving apparatus. Identified in 1939, and now the subject of increasing scientific research worldwide, to finally evidence communication with the deceased.


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Wear You Down
Written by
Walt Vincent (as R. Walt Vincent)
Courtesy of Associated Production Music LLC

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Genres

Drama | Horror | Mystery | Thriller

Details

Release Date:

7 January 2005

Language

English


Country of Origin

UK, Canada, USA

Filming Locations

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,113,565 9 January 2005

Gross USA:

$56,386,759

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$91,196,419

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