The Way of the Word

18. December 2009

Review: White Noise 2 – The Light

Filed under: movies,review — jensaltmann @ 09:11
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USA 2007; Directed by Patrick Lussier; Written by Matt Venne. Starring Nathan Fillion and Katee Sackhoff; Runtime 95 Minutes

White Noise 2 is technically the sequel to the movie White Noise, but the only thing they share is some superficialities regarding the premises. White Noise 2 is completely stand-alone.

After the brutal murder of his wife and son, Abe Dale (Nathan Fillion) tried to commit suicide. He has a near-death-experience, but he is brought back. As a consequence, Abe discovers that his perceptions have changed. He can now see ghosts, and auras around people. When he discovers that the auras he sees indicate that the person will die, he decides to use that knowledge to save their lives. Among these is the nurse Sherry (Katee Sackhoff). Subsequently, there are hints of a potential romance between them. If only… Because Abe discovers that exactly 72 hours after he has saved them, the people he saved go on a murderous rampage. And it seems the only way to stop this is by killing them.

The work itself is excellent. Fillion and Sackhoff work well together, with good chemistry. Both actors bring their characters to life. Director Patrick Lussier brings some disturbing visuals on the screen that serve to enhance and represent the disorientation Abe gets with his new, enhanced (or at least altered) senses. The sounds and sights make as little sense for the viewer as they do for Abe.

That said, I didn’t like the movie, and the faults all lie in the story. The dialog is frequently clunky, so much so that I sometimes wondered how many takes it took until the actors could say those lines without cracking up. The story also draws from various clichés, such as Abe discovering the notes of his predecessor and through them following into the man’s obsession. Except for a couple of “boo-moments” (you know what I mean, something flying out of a corner to startle you for a second), the movie is not scary at all. It’s more like a character piece.

Plus, I hated, just hated the ending. The movie’s message is, “I shouldn’t have saved you.” Because, saving people is wrong. If you save someone’s life, the Devil (yes, really) will take them, they will do evil acts, and you will be responsible. So you need to kill the people you initially saved to keep them from committing mass murder. Abe frequently mentions that by saving the people whose death-auras he sees, he plays god. (As opposed to, I guess, medical professionals who regularly saves peoples’ lives without seeing their death auras — notice the huge plothole?) Does that mean that if Abe plays god by saving people, God gets pissed off at him? Apparently so. Otherwise, why would the Devil get to take over those whose lives were saved?

I admit that I have a huge, personal problem with movies that send the message, “Don’t save people.”

Verdict: Not recommended.

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