WHITE NOISE 2 THE LIGHT, 2007
Starring: Nathan Fillion, Katee Sackhoff
Several months after his wife and son are shot to death in front of him, Abe commits suicide only to be brought back to life by the local hospital. After being revived, Abe is able to see and hear EVP when it occurs and sees white light around people. After discovering that the white light forms around people who are going to die soon, Abe starts saving the lives of people he sees with the light. But he soon learns that saving someone's life might be a bad thing.
I'm not sure which is worse... when a sequel to a movie is identical to the original movie (think "Cruel Intentions 2") or when the sequel has absolutely nothing to do with the original movie other than the title as is the case here with "White Noise 2: The Light". Well, I guess that's not entirely true... both "White Noise" movies talk about EVP...So that's a link, right?
Abe Dale is out with his wife and son at a diner when a man named Henry Caine walks in, seems to hunt the family down, and kills Abe's wife and son before saying "I'm so sorry" and shooting himself. Several months later, still grief stricken with the senseless murder of his family, Abe commits suicide. Abe's friend finds Abe while he's unconscious but not yet dead and rushes him to the hospital where Abe dies and travels into the white light to be reunited with his wife and son. He doesn't quite make it, though, as the doctors at the hospital successfully revive Abe.
Abe's doctor is Dr. Karras who is an expert in near death experiences as well as various forms of EVP. When strange things start happening to Abe (seeing strange faces on TV and hearing strange voices over speaker systems), it's Dr. Karras who determines that Abe has somehow come back to life as an EVP receiver. For anyone else, they can't see or hear the faces or voices of the dead until they've recorded something and play it back with alterations to the picture or audio. For Abe, he is able to see and hear the dead when they broadcast live so to speak. Abe also sees a strange white light around certain people which Dr. Karras thinks is just a remnant of the "white light" Abe saw during his near death experience.
Not long after that, Dr. Karras dies in an accident and several other people Abe saw with the light around them die in various accidents around the city. Abe puts the pieces together and realizes the light appears around people who are going to die soon. He uses this knowledge to start saving lives... an old man, a young man, and the attractive nurse that was working under Dr. Karras.
Abe looks at some old footage from his son's video camera and sees that the man who killed Abe's wife and son had actually saved their lives 3 days prior to the murder! He goes to the killer's house and discovers 2 things: 1) the killer survived his suicide and is in a mental institution, 2) the killer also had a near death experience and was revived with the power to see who was going to die and used it to save those people (including Abe's family)... but then, 3 days after each person was saved, they went on a killing spree. Suddenly, Abe sees that he might just have to go out and kill the people who's lives he saved.
"White Noise 2: The Light" seems to have no idea what kind of movie it wants to be! Looking at it's title, it sounds like it's going to be a sequel to the film "White Noise" which came out 2 years earlier... but it's not. Ok, sure, you've got guys trying to save lives after paranormal stuff happen to them after the deaths of their wives... but the paranormal stuff they each experience are so vastly different from one another it can hardly be considered the same thing (at least the "Butterfly Effect" sequels were the same going back in time and changing stuff powers). Then the movie seems like it's going to be a "Final Destination" type movie where the people that survived thanks to Abe were going to die.. but nope, they start killing people instead. Then, and here's where it becomes REALLY odd, it turns into a religious-based thriller! Hey, "White Noise 2: The Light"... make up your mind!
The acting here was better than in the first "White Noise" (after all, Nathan Fillion beats Michael Keaton any day), but it's still far from "great" acting. The story is just all over the place, and the editing had moments of pure cheesiness. All this combined makes "White Noise 2: The Light" a very odd movie that had me wondering the whole time if I liked it or not.
If "White Noise" was only an "ok" movie because of it's being so forgettable, then "White Noise 2: The Light" is only an "ok" movie because of it's blatant ambiguity. Watch it at your own risk... because chances are you'll say "WTF?!" at least twice!
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