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(2005), PG-13 [R-13*]
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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."
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Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
|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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Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
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