An in-name-only sequel to 2005's WHITE NOISE, this direct-to-DVD psychological thriller benefits from star Nathan Fillion's excellent performance and Patrick Lussier's assured direction.
In one blood-spattered moment, Abe Dale (Nathan Fillion) loses everything that made his life worth living. Enjoying an anniversary breakfast at a local diner with his wife and small son (Kendall Cross, Joshua Ballard), a mad man with a gun calmly walks up to their table, kills Dale's family and then turns the gun on himself. Dale spends the next several months trying to numb his grief and guilt with alcohol and prescription pills, but nothing helps. He loses interest in his work, withdraws from his friends – including longtime business partner, Marty Bloom (Adrian Holmes) -- and sinks into a spiraling depression that culminates in attempted suicide. Hauled back from the brink of death by a dedicated ER team, led by Dr. Karros (William MacDonald), Dale begins to see an aura around certain people, and soon realizes that they all die shortly after. Karros happens to be versed in EVP -- communication with the dead via the white noise generated by electronic devices – and tells Dale that people who've survived near-death experiences seem especially receptive to such messages. Haunted by his inability to save the people he loved most, Dale tries to compensate by rescuing the stranger whose fates he alone can see. Dale's efforts are successful: He alters the destinies of several people, one of whom turns out to be widowed nurse Sherry Clarke (Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff), who attended Dale following his suicide attempt. United by their respective losses, they embark on a tentative relationship. Then Dale makes a shattering discovery: The man who killed his wife and child was neither a total stranger nor a deranged street person: Henry Caine (Craig Fairbrass), a model citizen until he survived his own near-death experience, crossed paths with Dale's family three days before the murders. What Dale discovers about Caine's efforts to thwart fate puts everything he himself has done into a horrifying new light.
WHITE NOISE 2 is rare follow up that's actually better than the first film. Though Matt Venne's screenplay gets bogged down in supernatural mumbo jumbo, there's a potent human dilemma at its core and Lussier both keeps things moving and gives Fillion room to develop a subtle, thoroughly believable portrayal of a man who survives what he thinks is the worst thing that will ever happen to him and then discovers there's worse in store.
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- Released: 2007
- Rating: PG-13
- Review: An in-name-only sequel to 2005's WHITE NOISE, this direct-to-DVD psychological thriller benefits from star Nathan Fillion's excellent performance and Patrick Lussier's assured direction. In one blood-spattered moment, Abe Dale (Nathan Fillion) loses ev… (more)