White Noise

  • 15
  • Geoffrey Sax (2004)
  • UK / Can / US
  • 93 min
White Noise
Film Review
Reviewed By
2 out of 5

Michael Keaton is hearing voices from beyond the grave in this feature debut from the director of BBC period drama Tipping the Velvet. This slow-moving supernatural thriller sees Keaton obsessively communicating with his deceased wife via paranormal messages. Captured as "white noise" on his TV and other electronic devices, the eerie snippets appear to be guiding him to save others from death. What unfolds is a dangerous race against time that is meant to be twisting and dramatic but is actually rather dull. Unfortunately, director Geoffrey Sax doesn't know how to build up tension, annoyingly telegraphing the film's intentions in every frame. It's an example of the lazy school of chills, where loud bangs and sudden surges of music replace genuine jolts - although with the incessant signposting of the plot, even that cheap trick fails. Ultimately, taped static and disembodied whispers simply aren't scary, particularly when they're topped off by such a ridiculous finale.

Plot Summary

Supernatural thriller starring Michael Keaton. Bereaved architect Jonathan Rivers communicates with his deceased wife via paranormal messages. Captured as "white noise" on his TV and other electronic devices, the otherworldly sounds appear to be guiding Jonathan to save others from death. But when malevolent entities begin to stalk him, Jonathan ignores warnings to end his dabbling.

Cast and crew

Cast

Jonathan Rivers
Michael Keaton
Sarah Tate
Deborah Kara Unger
Anna Rivers
Chandra West
Raymond Price
Ian McNeice
Jane
Sarah Strange
Mike Rivers
Nicholas Elia
Detective Smits
Mike Dopud
Police woman
Marsha Regis

Crew

Director
Geoffrey Sax

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Entertainment
Guidance: 
Violence and swearing.
Available on video and DVD
Released 7 Jan 2005
Certificate 15
Distributor:
Entertainment in Video Ltd
Categories
Drama