Haunted by Grief

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So this weekend I checked out White Noise 2. White Noise 1 starred Michael Keaton as a guy whose wife dies and soon he gets involved with EVP (Electronic voice phenomenon), an event where people believe ghosts are talking to us by TV or radio.. cuz, you know, everyone gets a broadcast tower on the other side. Anyhoo.. White Noise 1 totally blew.. so I don’t know why I would watch a sequel, but I did. Probably because Nathan Fillon is in it.. you know, the cool cat from Firefly/Serenity. Katee Sackhoff is in it too.. you know, Starbuck from the new Battlestar Galactica series. Maybe that’s why I watched it.. no way the two of them would volunteer to be in a bad flick.. right?

The movie starts off pretty good.. Nathan’s a happily married guy with a wife and kid he absolutely adores. One morning they head off to a diner for breakfast, mom and the boy start feeling ill and some wacko comes over and fills the two of them with lead.. sparing Nathan and then popping himself in the noggin. 3 months pass and Nathan, of course, watches enough home movies to depress himself to the point of suicide. He takes every pill he can find in his home and that’s all she wrote, until his homeboy calls him gets the “I’m sorry, I just killed myself, please leave a message” voicemail greeting and calls 911 just in time to save the guy.

After dying for about 10 seconds, he comes back to life given the new superpower of seeing when someone is going to die. Like anyone, he decides to use his power for good and stops 3 people from dying. So far, I’m actually liking this movie, but then things take a turn.. he starts seeing ghosts, the devil comes into play and it turns into another BS-POS ghost flick with an ending so retarded I had to go outside and pee on the neighbors rose bush to feel normal again.

If the writers had taken two steps to the left this movie would have been awesome, but again, just like with Transformers, Bad Boys 2, and countless other movies.. the writers eat some mushrooms and rush the endings by forcing out the biggest, shiniest turd they can muster and ruin a perfectly good idea.