White Noise

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While there are some built-in scares, the movie is muddled and unsatisfying.



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Successful architect Jonathan Rivers' peaceful existence is shattered by the unexplained disappearance and death of his wife, Anna. Jonathan is eventually contacted by a man, who claims to be receiving messages from Anna through EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon). At first skeptical, Jonathan then becomes convinced of the messages' validity, and is soon obsessed with trying to contact her on his own. His further explorations into EVP and the accompanying supernatural messages unwittingly open a door to another world, allowing something uninvited into his life.

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Michael Keaton
as Jonathan Rivers
Chandra West
as Anna Rivers
Ian McNeice
as Raymond Price
Nicholas Elia
as Mike Rivers
Mike Dopud
as Detective Smits
Marsha Regis
as Police Woman
Brad Sihvon
as Minister
Amber Rothwell
as Susie Tomlinson
Suzanne Ristic
as Mary Freeman
L. Harvey Gold
as Business Man
Keegan Connor Tracy
as Mirabelle Keegan
Miranda Frigon
as Car Crash Woman
Aaron Douglas
as Young Father
Benita Ha
as TV Reporter
Micki Maunsell
as Edith Tomlinson
Ross Birchall
as Young Boy
Bill Tarling
as Presence #1
Chuck Walkinshaw
as Presence #2
Colin Chapin
as Presence #3
April Telek
as John's Secretary
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Sort of an interesting premise (a deeply grieving husband is contacted by his recently deceased wife) but like a lot of supernatural thrillers its creepy set-up is ultimately better than its delivery. The cast and crew does well but the script has little for them to finish with.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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It boasts a very interesting premise and it does have its own scares and thrills. Backed up by convincing acting it's not as bad as its put out to be. The problem with White Noise however is its muzzled plotline that can sometimes be a bit of distraction from listening.

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Directors Cat

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White Noise is a decent psychological horror film that has a good premise, but the plots at times doesn't really work. However the film is held together by a good cast that includes Michael Keaton and Deborah Kara Unger. The film has enough momentum to entertain you, and the plot is quite interesting. However, it's clear that the film could have been done much better, and the film could have something really great. Instead the end result is a mixed bag. The film is entertaining, but it leaves you wanting more. The ideas on-screen work, but only to a certain degree. Then the films sort of falls apart. I think it's a real shame, because the film had so much potential at being a better film than it is. White Noise is not a terrible film, neither is it a missed opportunity, however it could have been something terrific, but director Geoffrey Sax doesn't know where to go at times with his story, like he's almost not interested in telling an effective, and creepy story. For the most part, White Noise does have good chills and effective tension, however halfway through the middle things get kind of shaky and the story falls apart. After a while the plot becomes boring, and the story lumbers around to a somewhat lacking ending. What was a strong beginning is a disappointing ending to a decent film. The film had the potential of being an effective horror film, but in the end, it's a decent film that has an anticlimactic ending. Entertaining, but flawed, White Noise is good, but suffers from a poor second half.

Alex roy
Alex roy

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We don't see Michael Keaton in a lot of movies these days. Seems his career is about as dead as the deceased souls he communicates with in this one. At any rate, as far as horror stories go, this is sadly nothing special. I do have a wide interest in the subject matter - especially as I have personal experience of contact with the no longer living - but it wasn't quite enough to break it out of the clutches of mediocracy. Fairly intriguing up until the end, where things are regrettably concluded on a very low and unsatisfying note.

Mike S
Mike S

Super Reviewer

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