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White Noise Review

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Jonathan Rivers mourns his wife’s unexplained death, he’s approached by a man claiming she’s made contact through the white noise of his TV set. Keaton quickly becomes obsessed and, by kitting out his house with E. V. P. gubbins, invites other, more omino

★★★★★

Electronic Voice Phenomenon — the dead communicating with the living via broadcast equipment — provides White Noise with an unsettling conceit. As Michael Keaton mourns his wife’s unexplained death, he’s approached by a man claiming she’s made contact through the white noise of his TV set. Keaton quickly becomes obsessed and, by kitting out his house with E. V. P. gubbins, invites other, more ominous beings into his life.

The soundtrack and crackling static, contorting into mysterious moans, create a chilling mood, but the characters are so thin we never understand why Keaton would abandon his life for the paranormal. And once he does, he keeps falling into the film’s plot holes. How can someone receive communications from the living via E. V. P.? And why does it become a kidnap chase?

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