White Noise 2 Reviews
This DTV (direct-to-video) release employs a cast to entice any TV sci-fi fan starring Firefly's Nathan Fillion and Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff. I was disappointed to discover she doesn't have many scenes as 2nd-billing would indicate, but she's very good in her role as the nurse who tends to Fillion's physical and mental wounds, showing that she is not a one-role wonder during her impressive turn as Starbuck. But this is mainly The Captain Mal Show and Fillion does a steady job carrying the movie.
I wonder if this would have played better as a low-key suspenser in the mold of Unbreakable because there simply aren't enough thrills to stretch over 100 minutes. The soundtrack is crammed with the extrasensory "white noise" Fillion hears and sees which is a sound designer's creative dream but splits the effective-to-annoying ratio at 1:2. Moves at an unhurried pace and we often figure out key plot points minutes before Fillion does so we have to sit back and wait for him to catch up. Perhaps that's how the director managed to conjure a couple good jump-scares among the duds.
Although 90% nonsense, I enjoyed the story which takes a nifty unexpected turn. This is the first movie I've seen based on a recommendation from the guy who hosts Totally Twisted Flix and he didn't steer me far wrong, this is decent paranormal fodder. Especially if you're a Rush fan, where a children's choir rendition of "The Spirit of Radio" more than makes up for a rather muddled ending.
The acting was really well done too, especially by Nathan Fillion. His character was very believable and you could actually feel what he feels.
The only thing is that now knowing the whole plot, is this going to be just as interesting the second time round? That's the only reason I didn't give it full 5 stars. But otherwise, I definitely recommend this movie to everyone who loves supernatural, psychological horror/thrillers, especially the ones about life and death.
Goes about the same story but with different characters which was very good compared to other sequels i have seen.
Altho this was the sequel to 'White Noise' i found it alot more involved with the whole story-line than the original.
Overall, i found that this being a sequel is fantastic one of the few sequels that surpass the original.
The special effects and the main premise for the ghost was good though. Not the same but just differant from the original.
It's a decent enough watch but don't get your hopes up.
The story interjects a little bit of 'Final Destination' into the premise, which I thought worked pretty well. Some fairly decent acting from the cast, although I found Sackhoff to wear kind of thin. Fortunately she's super cute so I don't mind her too much. The writing is ok, but doesn't do the film many favors.
Has its share of creepy moments, but I can't say it was scary. Does offer some pretty intense scenes (one of the first scenes of the film has Fillion watch his son and wife murdered right in front of him) that sometimes feel like a punch to the gut. Has a fair number of twists and turns, but it doesn't end up doing anything out of the ordinary. I'm pretty sure I figured out what was happening about 45 minutes in. Not trying to puff myself up, just pointing out that its not a particularly hard to figure out twist.
Another thing I really liked was the clever use of pop culture intermingled throughout. Examples would be the school chorus singing Rush's 'The Spirit Of Radio', which is a perfect song for a 'White Noise' movie, and 'Frankenstein' on the tv in the background which obviously has to do with bringing people back from the dead.
The final scene is pretty anticlimactic and packs little punch. Has some pacing issues and some choppy editing and storytelling. All in all, this is an interesting film that, while it doesn't bring anything particularly original, manages to handily outdo its predecessor.