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(2005), PG-13 [R-13*]
Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
January 8, 2005
48 out of 100

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(This section may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

(2005), PG-13 [R-13*] -- ... how did they communicate before radio ...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Gold Circle Films
Distribution (US): Universal Pictures, Universal Studios Inc.
Director(s): Geoffrey Sax
Producer(s): Paul Brooks, Simon Brooks, Stephen Hegyes, Scott Niemeyer, Jonathan Shore, Shawn Williamson
Written by: Niall Johnson
Cinematography/Camera: Chris Seager
Music: Claude Foisy
Film Editing: Nick Arthurs
Casting: Maureen Webb
Production Design: Michael S. Bolton
Art Direction: Greg Venturi
Viewed at: Hollywood Theaaters South Freeway, Burleson, Texas

The first film of 2005, White Noise, is a so-so written and executed piece of cinematic work which might qualify as art. Attention to detail is attempted and might be close to good enough to make this story a touch believable ... which is the problem for the impressionable. But there are many broken bristles poking out of the brushstrokes of this art. This first PG-13 film of 2005 is also a R-13.

Architect Jonathan Rivers (Michael Keaton) tired to thwart the murder of Mary Freeman (Suzanne Ristic) by enlisting the aid of his recently departed wife, Anna (Chandra West), who supposedly was killed by slipping on riverbank rocks then into the river after car trouble. Anna was a successful writer, the last of her work being "The Eternal Wait."

Jonathan tried to get help from the dead Anna through EVP - Electronic Voice Phenomenon. Among the pseudo-scientific community, EVP seems to be the way the dead communicate with the living and vice versa [Deut. 18:10 - 12] through the unmodulated hiss and crackle of untuned electronic communication devices. And that inevitably draws one of the most expected questions -- if EVP is how the dead communicate with the living, how did they communicate before radio, TV, tape recorders, and so on?

Jonathan was introduced to EVP by Raymond Price (Ian McNeice), a spiritist who said he was not a spiritist. So "successful" was Ray that he was introduced to death by evil spirits. One might wonder if a goal of the dead was to communicate with the living, why the dead killed Ray for being successful at it. But Ray was not killled until after Ray amassed a vast library of recordings of helping many others reach their lost loves on the other side. [Isa. 8:19]

Shortly after Ray's death, Jonathan makes contact with the [living] medium Sarah Tate (Deborah Kara Unger) who warns Jonathan that it is dangerous to be meddling in communicating with the dead. But the warning was useless. Soon, Jonathan was spending all available free time and even stealing from the time he should spend with his son Mike (Nicholas Elia) to stare at TV screens filled with snow and listening to static for a message from Anna. And just before the story leads us to believe Jonathan is about to give up, Anna appears on a TV screen. And so does abducted Mary Freeman. And three not-so-nice "presences."

We are again in a financial position to require minimizing the time spent on these Summary/Commentary sections of these analysis reports, so I must end discussion of the film here and leave you to the listing in the Findings/Scoring section to help you make an informed moral decision whether this film is fit or not.


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  • Deut. 18:10 - 12 Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, ...
  • Isa. 8:19 When men tell you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living?

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it, excuse it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Rom. 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The heart of the CAP Analysis Model)

    White Noise (2005) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • traffic violence
  • accidental death with some gore
  • terror/fright factor through demon shouting
  • adult tantrum
  • explosive statrles using evil images, repeatedly, some with gore
  • vehicular death with some gore and desperation of dying
  • attempted suicide by intentional fall
  • breaking and entering
  • attempted murder
  • bondage
  • gunfire death
  • fall death

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 17 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • one use of the most foul of the foul words
  • neglect of chilld, repeatedly

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • mother in revealing night wear before stepson wiht father's approval
  • adult in underwear, repeatedly with light making out
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drinking
  • giving prescription drug to whom it is not prescribed to sedate

    Offense to God (O)
  • text denying God's Word about eternal life
  • unexplained radio on/off activity, repeatedly
  • divorce aftermath
  • phone call from dead woman, repeatedly
  • communications and attempts to communicate with and from the dead, repeatedly, frequently
  • spiritist and medium activities, repeatedly
  • joking about communicatig with the dead
  • obsession with communicating witht he dead
  • invasion by or presence of unholy spirits, repeatedly
  • much discussion about communicating with the dead as if doing so was routine
  • seance
  • arguing that communicating with the dead was real and was dangerous for those inexperienced in it
  • speaking of dead spirits finding each other
  • "Been getting messages from your grandmother for a week"
  • showing of future events through communications with the dead
  • connecting the dea with the death of the living
  • unholy appearances, repeatedly
  • attack by demons, repeatedly

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • murder by "spirits"

  • Christian Long Distance



    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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