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Pulse (Unrated Widescreen Edition) (2006)

Horror movie directed by Jim Sonzero

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Disappointed by this one

  • Dec 19, 2008
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Ghosts, or ethereal dead are always there-- but unseen until humans unwittingly open up the extra bandwidth and let them in.

There was a Twilight-zone/Outer Limits quality to the concept. The problem was that I did not care about the characters. No build-up, no history, no emotional hook. Nothing. First college kid gets killed/sucked dry? and then we're listening to another bunch of zero-personality college brats try and give us a sense of angst over the strange goings on. Just because a pretty actress-girl-clone loses her boyfriend, I'm supposed to be on the edge of my seat? And the Bluish tint of the movie didn't do anything mood-wise for me. It made it feel more washed out.

The sad thing, when a story is done badly-- it's hard as hell to do it Right thereafter. This could have given me goosebumps just from looking at my cell-phone or static on my monitor in a shadowy room.

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review by . August 30, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
* out of ****      "Pulse", also known as "Kairo", was a nice, creepy Japanese horror film that made its U.S. debut in 2005 and has since garnered somewhat of a cult following. Don't get me wrong; it's a good movie, and it got some solid praise, but the fans love it the most and boy do they know it. I also assume that they will be the first out of many to be pissed off when it comes to the film's American remake, which is about as bad as every other recent J-horror remake. It …
review by . December 09, 2009
This was probably the worst horror film I have seen in quite a number of years. Besides being a rip-off of the movie series where people rent a video tape and die, the picture was dark throughout, the plot was very difficult to follow and it was difficult to figure out what you were seeing on the screen most of the time.       The special effects looks something that any amateur could produce with a camcorder. The ending was ridiculous and what appeared to be a talented young …
review by . November 21, 2008
I saw PULSE (the "unrated" version) just 5 days ago, and I feel even now that I can hardly remember half of what happened in the film...so generic and uninteresting did it turn out to be.     The film has a promising premise. Ghosts are using the internet to enter into our world, because they operate on a frequency that we've now been able to tune in to. I like that...it's a clean, simple concept that could have gone in a million directions. In PULSE, at least initially, it appears …
review by . June 18, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
This was probably the worst horror film I have seen in quite a number of years. Besides being a rip-off of the movie series where people rent a video tape and die, the picture was dark throughout, the plot was very difficult to follow and it was difficult to figure out what you were seeing on the screen most of the time.    The special effects looks something that any amateur could produce with a camcorder. The ending was ridiculous and what appeared to be a talented young adult …
review by . February 01, 2007
For a film named "Pulse" and utilizing high-speed communications and modern technology as the catalyst for terror, this movie sure is a snoozer. Let's face it folks, cellphones, computers, etc. are sure fun to mess with on your own, but they are downright boring to watch someone else use them in a film. In "Pulse," deadly, ghost-like beings have somehow figured out how to cross into our world via the internet, cellphones, etc. When they make it to our side of the web, they suck the will to live …
review by . December 18, 2006
Imagine our wireless technologies made a connection to a world beyond our own. Imagine that world used that technology as a doorway into ours. Now, imagine the connection we made can't be shut down. When you turn on your cell phone or log on to your e-mail, they'll get in, you'll be infected and they'll be able to take from you what they don't have anymore -- life. Pulse is really not a bad movie it is a decent flick. Like most teen Horrors minus the blood and gore.    The plot …
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Pulseprovides clear evidence that by the summer of 2006, the cycle of American remakes of Japanese horror films had reached its inevitable downturn. After peaking withthe Ringand scoring a marginal success withThe Grudge, the cycle was almost guaranteed to sink to the low-point of this unnecessary and mostly lackluster remake of Kiyoshi Kurosawa's 2001 shocker. It benefits from a standard upgrade in CGI effects and doom-laden "bleak-chic" atmosphere, but it's almost completely devoid of suspense as a group of college students led by Mattie (played by Kristin Bell, TV'sVeronica Mars) investigate the suicide of Mattie's boyfriend and discover a kind of wi-fi conduit that allows malevolent spirits to be transmitted from their afterlife to our world via the Internet – think of it as kind of a broadband connection from hell, if you will. Pretty soon it's obvious thatPulseis trying (as Kurosawa's original film before it) to serve as cautionary tale about how we've allowed our lives to become numbed and devalued by using technologies (computers, cell-phones, PDAs, etc.) that keep us all connected at the expense of personal intimacy. Many of the creepiest images from the originalPulseare carried over here, and director Jim Sonzero does his best to keep the cautionary themes intact, but at some point (and after a great deal of pre-release tinkering to fit the obligatory PG-13 rating for the lucrative teen market) you have to ask yourself: ...
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Director: Jim Sonzero
Genre: Horror
DVD Release Date: December 5, 2006
Runtime: 90 minutes
Studio: Weinstein Company
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"I sort of felt a pulse!"
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