White Noise (15)
Posted by Nade on Tue, 08 Mar 2005.
Starring: Michael Keaton, Chandra West, Deborah Kara Unger and Ian McNeice
EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) has always been a source of fascination with people all over the world. So it was only really a matter of time before someone decided to make a film about it. Basically, the idea of EVP is that anyone who has something as simple as a video camera and a video recorder can communicate with the dead, as long as they are patient enough to sift through all the static.
Michael Keaton plays Jonathon Rivers, an architect whose life is turned upside down by the death of his wife, Anna (West). Struggling to cope, he is approached by Raymond Price (Ian McNeice), a man who claims to have been contacted by Rivers’ wife.
Rapidly convinced by the sincerity of the messages, Rivers delves into the world of EVP alone, abandoning the rest of his daily life to decipher these messages, which turn him into an everyday ‘superhero’, as, on the hints of his late wife, he goes bout, saving people from their deaths. The only trouble is, it’s not only Anna that is watching Jonathon’s exploits…
Whilst not quite the spine chiller that I was expecting from the adverts, the film makes a passable effort with a subject that requires some technical knowledge that can only be simplified for a cinema audience and quite a bit of patience with the watching of static screens. Well worth a watch if you have an interest in the science of EVP.