Isn’t the worst of these dark creepfests – Bell is easy to watch, the storyline is engaging enough, and the visuals are effective at times – but it’s so ‘been there, done that’ that it’s hard to invest in something that merely evokes the sensation of déjà vu
Kristen Bell, Ian Somerhalder, Christina Milian, Jonathan Tucker, Ron Rifkin, Brad Dourif
There may be some life in it, but no amount of paddle power’s going to keep this “Pulse” thumping for too long. It is the human way to check for signs of life, even in the seemingly motionless though, isn’t it?
Hollywood may have successfully resuscitated the out-and-out spook fest, thanks to a swarm of imaginative horror films from Asia whose producers were keen to milk, but like snacking on an extra big bag of unsalted peanuts – after so many, they really start to lose their taste.
The latest film to get the English-language dupe is Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s 2001 horror hit “Kairo”. The movie told of a youngster who discovers that the afterlife’s hard drive is full and it is – through computers, cell phones and anything else that might’ve came alive in King’s “Maximum Overdrive”- leading kids to offing themselves.
Spunky “Veronica Mars” star Kristen Bell is the lead here, playing a young girl whom, whilst investigating the strange death of a hacker friend, realises that everyday communication devices are out to get us.
“They came through the computer – we saw them!” screams one terrified woman. “Save yourselves!”
Yep, you get the picture.
The Photocopier got a nice effective run with the American remake of “The Ring”, but ever since it’s been spitting out blotchy, crumpled junk – “The Grudge” is a prime example of a remake gone wrong – that’s nothing more than a waste of money, man-hours and power.
Unlike the original film, “Pulse” – which they’ve been trying to get off the ground for years actually, with Kirsten Dunst attached at one point – ditches all of the ambience, mind-numbing shocks and clear motivation, for something that seems misguided, woolly and motivated only by loud music cues. And while the bogeyman of the original film were quite scary, they’re nothing more than an admirable special effect here. No thought at all has gone into their conception.
OK, so “Pulse” isn’t the worst of these dark creepfests – Bell is easy to watch, the storyline is engaging enough, and the visuals are effective at times – but it’s so ‘been there, done that’ that it’s hard to invest in something that merely evokes the sensation of déjà vu.
System Overload. No Longer Compute.
Extras (there are actually quite a few) include dual commentary tracks, a number of featurettes and some deleted & alternate scenes. Yep, the extras are better than the movie.
Reviewer : Clint Morris
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Against the Current - the band, not adventures in dangerous swimming 101
Zedd - If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy? (Well, answer my question!)
Arrow (Okay, Felicity from Arrow!)
Chrissy Costanza (cat eyes and buttery lyrics!)
Girls (TV) (Okay, Allison Williams!)
Movies - especially when they play in the dark.
Twin Peaks (TV)
Friends (TV) (It had me at "No way are you cool enough to pull Clint"; damn straight, Chandler!)
Traveling - preferably where water is, so I can splash someone!
Star Wars trilogy - no, the other one, fella!
Alex G - far more talented than her younger brother Alex H
Cameron Crowe movies - Say Anything..., Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous
The sign 'Free Wi-Fi'.
Reenacting dance/song scenes from "Grease" with my little girl (hey! Wait till you see my 'Summer Lovin'! - don't judge)
Die Hard - 40 stories of Sheer Adventure!
Alex Goot & Friends (his enemies aren't half as talented!)
Cooking up a nice dish and sitting in the entertainment area, on a cool night, basking in it's greatness.
Inflatable kids pools full of Vodka Lime Crush.
Acidic Email from angry, over passionate teenagers after I trash something "Twilight"-related on the site. Sparkle elsewhere.
My baby girl's big, caring heart.