HOOPTOBER 2017: DAY 2
White Noise 2: The Light
Dir. Patrick Lussier
DoP. Brian Pearson
So I have a soft spot for the first White Noise purely because of Michael Keaton. The guy can honestly do no wrong, even when the film is dull, he's reliably solid. White Noise 2: The Light is the more ambitious sequel which stars Nathan Fillion as a suicide-survivor grappling with his new ability to sense people who are about to die.
Granted it's better than the first purely for switching tracks and delivering a relatively fresh concept. It's just a shame that it essentially ditches the first film's approach within 20 minutes and follows Fillion's desperate attempts to unravel the truth behind his new powers of precognition. It basically feels like someone had an idea for a cool religious thriller and got it crow-barred into a franchise entry.
Technology and TV static are almost of no interest to this film. Instead The Light takes inspiration from popular occult films like The Omen and The Exorcist (exposition comes from a Doctor Karras, a nod to Jason Miller's character). Director Patrick Lussier (Dracula 2000) submerges the film in the seedy world of millennial religious horrors like End of Days and Stigmata by way of Unbreakable. The film goes from static haunting to demonic possession in no time at all which actually results in a fairly intense if ludicrous turn of events. It's a fun enough ride but it's aged badly in 10 years.