Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.
Canada/United Kingdom/USA, 2005. Universal Pictures, Gold Circle Films, White Noise UK Ltd., Brightlight Pictures, Endgame Entertainment, Corus, The Movie Network, Province of British Columbia Film Incentive BC, Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit. Screenplay by Niall Johnson. Cinematography by Chris Seager. Produced by Paul Brooks, Shawn Williamson. Music by Claude Foisy. Production Design by Michael S. Bolton. Costume Design by Karen L. Matthews. Film Editing by Nick Arthurs.
If you sat in front of your television and watched nothing but static, you would probably enjoy it more than this vapid thriller. Michael Keaton plays a successful architect who is ruined when his pregnant wife is killed in a car accident. Some time after her death he receives a visit from a man obsessed with the paranormal (Ian McNeice) who says that he’s been contacted by the dead wife through EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon), process by which people have been contacting the dead through tuning into them on the radio or capturing them on old Maxell tapes. This method, that has been experimented with for decades and is now being given ridiculous credibility by this movie, inspires Keaton to dabble until McNeice mysteriously dies and he ends up taking over full-time, watching static videos for hours and getting messages from his wife that help him save lives. This exploration of a phenomenon that could expand our concept of mortality and the world around us could have been more interesting if it didn’t mire itself down with a stupid murder mystery subplot. Keaton phones in his performance from the great beyond himself, and though the film provides a few healthy scares, it’s full of too many plot holes to be worth your time.