White Noise
Review written on: January 12th, 2005

White Noise Review

When the commercials for White Noise starting playing a month or so ago, I was freaked out. Just that sound started to haunt me. Late one night, I saw the commercial where they talk about Ruth Baxter and the real phenomena of EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena). According to what I’ve read on it, and the little piece that was on the local news last night, the voices of the dead can be heard through the white noise on electronic devices, such as TVs and radios. I can buy into that, to an extent. I like to believe in ghost stories and witches and things like that. I’ve never been a big fan of the Ouija board though, and I had a feeling that was the kind of ghost story this movie would be portraying. I am easily scared, however, especially by creepy movies and late night TV. Needless to say, I didn’t sleep too well after seeing the late night commercials for White Noise. (Also, I’m convinced they put the scarier commercials on late at night.)

The movie came out and I purposely avoided reading any reviews of it, lest they give away the ending. I went to see it last night, and other than the obnoxious kid that wouldn’t stop talking behind me, it wasn’t bad. It was sad to see Michael Keaton look so old. I think the last movie I saw him in was Multiplicity in 1996. He looks so much older now, but he still makes the same weird facial expressions. The movie starts with an on-screen definition of EVP, then jumps into Jonathan’s breakfast with his kid and second wife. The movie creeps along pretty slowly for the beginning, until Jonathan meets the EVP expert guy. Here’s where my problem with the movie begins. Mr. EVP Expert tells Jonathan he has his dead wife’s voice on tape. Jonathan listens, and starts to cry. All I heard was her saying his name, interspersed with static. In the movie his wife is a famous author. In my skeptical mind, I would have thought that the EVP man could have recorded her voice off a television press conference or something of the sort. In Jonathan’s defense, the EVP man did have an extensive amount of equipment and lots of tapes scattered about the house.

Without giving away too much of the movie, I spent most of it thinking to myself, “Is this all there is?” It’s one of those situations where the audience clearly knows what’s going on, but the main character is still clueless. The movie did have its moments though. There were several times I jumped, even when I knew it was coming. There’s a little twist at the end, nothing too drastic. In my opinion, it didn’t fit with the rest of the movie. It threw it off track a little bit.

Overall the movie wasn’t bad, but it also wasn’t all that good. Final verdict: don’t bother unless you’re a huge Michael Keaton fan.


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