White Noise: The Light

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After a near-death experience, a suicidal man returns with supernatural abilities...


A follow-up to the surprisingly successful Michael Keaton vehicle, this downplays the paranormal pseudo-science in favour of good old horror movie twisted religion and a Twilight Zone-ish melodrama. After a nutjob (Craig Fairbrass) shoots his wife and son, a nice guy (Nathan Fillion) attempts suicide and comes back from a near-death experience with the power to see shiny auras around those about to die. He starts saving them from trucks and muggers, but new horrors make him wonder whether he’s making things worse.

It’s a mild-mannered, no-better-than-okay shocker, with lifts from Flatliners, Final Destination, Unbreakable and half a dozen other sources, marshalled efficiently by Wes Craven’s former editor Patrick Lussier (Dracula 2000). Casting from cult TV pays off, with Fillion (Firefly) solid as the perplexed protagonist and Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) demonstrating smiley scatty charisma on a Cameron Diaz-Kate Winslet level in what ought to be a nothing role.

You could do a lot worse.