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Pulse (2006)

PG-13 | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 11 August 2006 (USA)
When their computer hacker friend accidentally channels a mysterious wireless signal, a group of co-eds rally to stop a terrifying evil from taking over the world.

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Several people start receiving voice-mails from their future selves - messages which include the date, time, and some of the details of their deaths.

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Stars: Edward Burns, Shannyn Sossamon, Ana Claudia Talancón
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Storyline

The hacker Josh invades the computer of Douglas Ziegler, who is developing a powerful wireless signal, and accidentally releases a mysterious force that takes the will to live of human beings, generating a suicide epidemic and increasing the force. His girlfriend and student of psychology, Mattie, sees each one of their common friends die and the destruction of the modern world, and together with her new acquaintance Dexter, they try to plan a virus developed by Josh in the network to shutdown the system and save mankind. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi terror, disturbing images, language, sensuality and thematic material | See all certifications »

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11 August 2006 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,203,822 (USA) (11 August 2006)

Gross:

$20,259,297 (USA) (6 October 2006)
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Trivia

Josh's apartment number 657 take 1 away from the 7 and add it to the 5 you get 666 See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 13 mins) When Mattie arrives in the servers room, the PC unit it is black with 2 red tapes near it. She turn around and in the background the PC unit it is white with 2 red tapes near it. Then black again. The position of the chair near the table it is changing. See more »

Quotes

Isabell Fuentes: They want what they don't have anymore. They want life.
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Connections

Remake of Kairo (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Delay the Wait
Written by Jules Larson and Joz Ramirez
Performed by Overnight Lows
Courtesy of Jonathan Palmer Music
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Apocalypse Wow
8 December 2006 | by (nyc) – See all my reviews

Brilliant. A post-9/11 horror masterpiece!

I have to defend this excellent little epic of nightmare cinema from all you logic hounds out there who can't stand movies that don't explain everything to you. This is dream-logic film-making at its creepy, subconscious best. Irrational, inexplicable, inevitable, and inescapable: It's the end of the world as we know it. Like the amazing Dawn of the Dead remake, it taps into our post-9/11 anxieties and turns everyday reality on its head. Like the French thriller Cache, it brings real terror and paranoia into our homes. And like Todd Hayne's Safe, it offers no easy way out.

Surprisingly, this American version retains the original Japanese film's bleak atmosphere and irrational plotting, leading the viewer slowly and inexorably to the bitter end. Spoiler: The protagonists try to save the world and actually fail: how often does that happen in Hollywood movies these days?

Pulse reminds me of apocalyptic horror classics like Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, David Cronenberg's Videodrome and Crash, Roman Polansky's Repulsion, and Stanley Kubrick's The Shining -- visionary films that were also dismissed when they were first released.

Visually, this new Pulse is stunning, probably because director Jim Sonzero comes from the disciplined world of commercial advertising. Check out his high-tech ghosts in slow-motion on your DVD. Freaky. And notice how the streets and classrooms keep getting emptier, darker and grimier as the film progresses; the world is quietly coming to an end but no one is doing anything about it! Chilling. All in all, the over all effect is downright disturbing.

Too bad Pulse isn't getting the recognition it deserves. I, for one, can't wait to see what the director does next.


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