White Noise
Entertainment: +2 1/2
Acceptability: -2

This suspense thriller is about an architect Jonathan Rivers (Michael Keaton) whose life is turned upside down after the bizarre death and disappearance of his wife Anna (Chandra West), a successful author. Several weeks after her death, he is contacted by a man (Ian McNeice) who claims to have heard from his wife by Electronic Voice Phenomenon, or EVP, which is communication between the dead and the living through high-tech recording equipment. Rivers dismisses him as a kook until strange things begin to happen at home. After a visit to the mans home, Rivers is convinced that EVP is valid and becomes obsessed with the phenomenon, bringing equipment into his home to communicate with his wife. The messages he receives from Anna enable him to help others who have lost a loved one. Unfortunately, there are those on the other side who do not welcome his intrusion, placing him in grave danger.

White Noise is packed with chilling, nearly nonstop suspense. The eerie music adds to the tension that will keep viewers on the edge of their seats. Michael Keaton is wonderful as a man who loved his wife. He has lived a normal life as a successful architect, but after his wifes death, he surrounds himself with people involved with EVP. He evens seeks counsel from a psychic but ignores her counsel when she tells him to stop dabbling in something that he knows nothing about. He successfully communicates with the dead and tries to partner with his dead wife to help others. Other than one f-word, the movie is mostly free of language, sexuality and gory violence, but it is immersed with contact with the dead, something to be avoided. Instead of watching a movie about contacting loved ones who have died, moviegoers would be better off contacting loved ones who are alive.

Preview Reviewer: Henry J. Rogers
Distributor: Universal Pictures

Crude Language: None
Obscene Language: Once strong (f-word 1)
Profanity: None
Violence: Few moderate (woman jumps from a balcony in a suicide attempt, implied torture of a woman who had been kidnapped)
Sexual Intercourse: Few mild (man sensually kisses his wife)
Nudity: Few mild (woman seen in slip)
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: None
Other: Disturbing contact with the dead throughout the movie
Running Time: 101 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and Adults

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