I’ve seen the original White Noise (iTunes), though I don’t remember much about it. It was creepy. Not overly frightening, but still left me with genuine unease about actual white noise for a time. I had hoped that the sequel wouldn’t just be a rehash of the first, and it wasn’t (at least, as far as I can tell, considering how little I remember of the first).
White Noise 2 (iTunes) on the other hand had some well-played scare factor, despite a much less scary premise. Whereas the original focused more on the protagonist seeking out a method to communicate with the dead (specifically, his wife), the sequel has a protagonist that can tell when people are going to die and attempts to save them. However, in doing so, their fates are altered and the consequences are more severe than had they simply died “on schedule”. Of course, the best part of the movie is Nathan Fillion, whom I adore. But Katee Sackhoff also plays a significant role, which is another great reason to watch the film.
The effects for the movie are fantastic, particularly the intermingling of the dead among the living. The simple use of a color (or lack thereof) to accentuate the unliving is downright gorgeous in a handful of scenes (particularly the climax, when we finally discover how the side effects of saving someone’s life might actually be averted). I had expected a wholly different ending, though I found my self pleased with this one. It could have gone a whole different way, and I’m glad they didn’t, as it’s what audiences likely would have seen coming.
Anyway, this is a good one to watch with a loved one that is creeped out by ghastly images and dark figures in unexpected places. Especially if either of you find Nathan or Katee attractive (and if you don’t, what is wrong with you people?).
Oh, and keep your eyes peeled for a Firefly reference in the first 30 minutes of the movie. Well-played, Mr. Fillion, et al.