Director - Geoffrey Sax
Year - (2005)

Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP), is an alleged occurance which spirits communicate with the living through household devices, such as radios and TV sets. Since the opening of this film mentions Thomas Edison, I wonder: should we also include Alexander Graham Bell too? Seems the dead can reach out and touch someone through cell phones as well.

The film is already at a extreme disadvantage. While the subject matter may be intresting for horror-thriller fans and whoever is left from the 'X-Files' fan club, there have been past films - as well as current- which have used the subject of EVPs in whole or in part. 1982's "Poltergeist" comes quickly to mind, and the "Ring" films could also qualify.

Another disadvantage is that despite the good acting by Micheal Keaton and co-star Debra Kay Unger, the plot itself is flimsy, as the film strains to hold intrest. Jonathan Rivers (Keaton) seems to be a normal, rational man who has just lost his second wife Anna (Chandra West) in what appears to be an accident. A man who has studied the EVP phenom helps a reluctant Rivers to communicate with his late wife. He does so, but also gets to talk to people who aren't dead yet.

In doing this, the film has ceased on the idea of EVP and expanded it into a window of a possible future. Most of the last half of the film has Rivers using the transmissions to stop certian evils from taking place. People who help Rivers, however, die at the hands of three demonic shadow like spirits for no other reason other than what is revealed at the end of the film, which is a mild letdown, considering that the killer under the shadow demonic influence wasn't so much as a suspect before, despite vincinity to a crime scene and a EVA setup in his lair.

While I thought Keaton was good, I have to admit as far as rational characters turning obsessive compulsive to find clues in supernatural thrillers, I didn't buy it here, not as much as say, Kevin Bacon in "Stir Of Echoes". But then again in "Echoes" Bacon wasn't watching static on four TV screens and playing with the rewind button on a CD ROM either.

There is another message that appears in the film, stated as 'fact': "Of all the documented EVA cases, one in seven messages are threatening." I also caught part of an interview on TV in hype regarding the film's depiction of EVA: "Don't try this at home. It's dangerous".

I'll take it as gospel, for one thing is sure: if anyone has a radio blaring static while watching five TV channels of snow at high volume, I don't know about voices from beyond, but you might go deaf cross eyed.

Reviewed By - Darren J Seeley

Rating ( 2 of 5 )



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