MOVIE: White Noise 2: The Light (2007)

White Noise 2Not that this will come as a surprise to ANYBODY who reads this site, but I actually liked the first White Noise movie (starring Michael Keaton). Yes, I recognize that it’s really, really bad, but I can’t help it — I was dorkily fascinated by the whole idea of “EVP” (Electronic Voice Phenomena, which, short version, is when you hear dead people in TV static). Even though the movie itself was kinda bad, the concept was intriguing, and I’ll put up with a lot of garbage for the sake of a good idea.

I saw a preview for this sequel to White Noise a month or so ago, and was surprised to see it starred both Nathan Fillion (from Serenity/Firefly) AND Katee Sackhoff— ex-Boyfriend double whammy (in case you’ve forgotten, Katee Sackhoff was the first, and so far only, female Boyfriend of the Week — Starbuck, I love you!)!

So, as soon as it hit DVD, I grabbed it from Netflix and finally got a chance to settle in and try it out last night.

The film starts out surprisingly decent, for a straight-to-DVD sequel to a universally-recognized-as-bad horror flick (I’m pretty sure I’m one of only 8 people in the entire world who actually enjoyed White Noise, after all). It opens with Nathan’s character, Abe, out enjoying a lovely lunch with his wife Rebecca and son Danny, when both of them start acting strangely. Just as Rebecca goes into convulsions, a strange man walks up to their booth, takes out a gun, and shoots both her and Danny. Abe, stunned, attempts to commit suicide a few days later, but is revived in the emergency room after having a near death experience, or “NDE.”

The NDE has given Abe an unusual gift — he now hears EVP and sees dead people all around him. Even trickier, though, is that he can also tell when someone is about to die (they begin to glow with “The Light”). He starts trying to save people, and one of those he rescues is a young nurse named Sherry (Sackhoff). Sherry had been Abe’s nurse when he was recovering from his suicide attempt, and after he saves her, she kind of takes him under her wing (she lost her husband a year or two ago, and knows what he’s going through, blah blah blah).

Unfortunately, Abe soon learns there’s a serious downside to his gift — and here’s where the movie goes from “decent” to “Seriously? That was the best you could come up with?”  Suddenly there’s all this extremely silly nonsense about the number 666, the phrase “tria mera,” Lucifer, and yadda yadda yadda.  Stop someone from dying when it’s their time, and bad things are bound to happen — dude, anybody who watches The Twilight Zone (or Pushing Daisies, for that matter), could’ve told you that.  Pay attention!

Anyway, the movie is chock-full of careless errors (like when Abe takes a big gasp of air through his mouth after coming back to life, despite the fact he’s clearly been intubated — nice trick!), and lots and lots of really goofy dialogue and dumb plot stuff about the devil. Nevertheless, I have to confess I kind of had fun watching this. It’s not scary AT ALL, so don’t bother renting this if what you are after is a good thrill. But if you’re a fan of Fillion and Sackhoff (and who isn’t, I ask you?), it’s worth watching just to get to see them together. They definitely deserve better than movies like this, but until someone else figures that out, I’m happy they’re at least getting steady work.

Incidentally, fans of Serenity/Firefly will get a huge kick out of this (and the rest of you will have no idea why this is funny, so feel free to skip ahead): There’s a scene in this movie in which Abe (Fillion) is trying to explain to his friend Marty that he can see when people are going to die. Marty says something like, “What, like superpowers?” and Abe says, “No, not like superpowers.” And Marty raises his eyebrows and replies with, “Call it what you want, Abe, but that sure as hell sounds like Captain Tight Pants stuff to me!” Captain Tight Pants! I love inside jokes! For that line alone, worth a rental.

Can’t exactly recommend it, but you could do a lot worse.

[Netflix me | Buy me]

Genre: Horror
Cast: Nathan Fillion, Katee Sackhoff, Craig Fairbrass, Adrian Holmes

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3 Responses to “MOVIE: White Noise 2: The Light (2007)”

  1. psyche Says:

    I never heard his movie until I read this article…I like the whole concept of the writing as well as the story…I’m looking forward to this one…

  2. Liz Says:

    I saw a trailer on TV for this movie, and recognized Nathon Fillion. I KIND OF liked the first one, so I think I may see this one. Of course, I only know Nathan from “Buffy,” but that shouldn’t surprise anyone. I always know everyone from “Buffy!” Either that, or Star Trek (I know – I’m hopeless).

  3. Johnny Thompson Says:

    i caught the reference….I wonder if the writer or director are browncoats? shiny!

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