White Noise

White Noise

Geoffrey Sax (2004)

15 Certificate
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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.


A man is devastated by the death of his wife, but finds new hope when he becomes convinced her spirit is trying to communicate with him through electrical equipment. However, his obsession begins to spiral out of control and the threat of serious danger grows ever more real. Supernatural thriller, starring Michael Keaton, Chandra West, Ian McNeice and Deborah Kara Unger.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Geoffrey Sax
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Entertainment Guidance: Violence, swearing. Available on: Available on video and DVD Released on: 7 Jan 2005


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