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White Noise

Promotional poster for White Noise
Directed by Geoffrey Sax
Produced by Paul Brooks
Written by Niall Johnson
Starring Michael Keaton
Deborah Kara Unger
Chandra West
Ian McNeice
Mike Dopud
Music by Claude Foisy
Cinematography Chris Seager
Editing by Nick Arthurs
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) United States January 7, 2005
Running time 101 min.
Country Canada
UK
USA
Language English
Budget $10 million
Followed by White Noise: The Light

White Noise is a 2005 drama/supernatural horror film, directed by Geoffrey Sax and produced by Brightlight Pictures. The title refers to electronic voice phenomena (EVP), where voices, which some believe to be from the "other side," can be heard on audio recordings. The film is not related to the postmodern novel White Noise by Don DeLillo.

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Plot summary

Jonathan Rivers (Michael Keaton) is a successful architect, and lives a peaceful life with his wife Anna (Chandra West), until her unexpected and violent death.

Eventually, he is contacted by Raymond Price (Ian McNeice), who claims that his own son had also died, and that he has recorded messages from Anna through EVP. While Jonathan is initially dismissive, he begins to believe that the recorded voice is indeed that of his wife.

Jonathan becomes obsessed with trying to contact her himself, despite warnings from a psychic who tries to tell him how the recording can attract other, unwanted entities. A woman named Sarah Tate befriends Jonathan because she lost her fiancé.

Raymond is found dead. Jonathan discovers three shadowy figures, and finds that some of the messages he is coming across are from people who have not yet died, but may soon do so, one of whom is a missing girl named Mary Freeman. Sarah later either tries to commit suicide or is thrown off the edge of a building by the three spirit figures.

Jonathan locates the site of his wife's death by following signs on recordings, and finds a construction worker from his company, holding Mary captive. The three ghosts torture Jonathan and cause him to fall to his death, but a SWAT team along with Detective Smits (Mike Dopud) arrives and is able to save Mary.

At his funeral Sarah sits in her wheelchair, still disturbed by his death, while the three ghosts' shadows flash in the grass behind. Then she feels his spirit.

In the ending of the movie, Jonathan's voice can be heard in a radio interference saying "I'M SORRY" to his son, the child recognizes the voice and smiles.

Reception

The film received mostly negative reviews from critics, garnering an 8% rating at Rotten Tomatoes with only 10% of the "Cream of the Crop" critics giving the film positive reviews. It was met with mostly negative reviews from users of the site as well, with 30% overall rating.

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Sequel

A sequel entitled White Noise: The Light was released in January 2007.

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