by Josh Green
August 12, 2006
Here we go again with another remake of an original Japanese horror movie. Although this one doesn't feature any long haired girls or meowing little boys, it does feature an overly pale Ben Kingsley look-alike.
Pulse is about a group of friends who ban together to figure out why one of their friends committed suicide. After discovering that there is actually a virus that is spreading through almost every electronic device in the country, they must figure out a way to stop it.
I have almost nothing good to say about Pulse, and it's unfortunate. There are few, and I mean few cool moments in the movie. But nothing about the film is scary. Almost every thing we see in this film, we have seen before in other remakes or horror films. I hate to say this but, movies like this one are why most people can't appreciate horror as a genre.
There are some things that I am going to reveal in the movie because I would like to discuss how the film could have been a little better, most of which surrounds the movie being rated PG-13. This is probably the biggest reason why I thought the film failed. I understand that the movie is more "marketable" by giving it this rating, but it took so much away from the film. For instance, a lot of the movie involves people logging onto their computer and seeing teenagers trying to commit suicide. Because of the PG-13 rating, the images that are shown are just pale people staring at the screen. This isn't scary, maybe it is to some people, which is good for them, but this doesn't scare me. If I wanted to see pale people I would have watched the movie Powder. They could have elaborated more on this by showing really horrific images of the kids killing themselves. Not that gore is everything but at least try to make what is shown on the screen scary.
The movie really lacks tension. All of the scares in the movie are repetitious and uncreative. I felt like none of the characters had any depth to them, so you didn't care about whether they lived or died. There are multiple storylines that never achieve any conclusion by the end of the movie. The only marginal thing about Pulse is the acting, which isn't saying much.
Bottom line is this movie does not generate a pulse at all…it flatlines.
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