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Nice idea, poor execution
Pulse was a really great idea -- I loved the basic plot of computer ghosts hunting living users. Sadly, the idea wasn't developed much beyond that point.
The characters were 2 dimensional: I found myself not really caring whether they lived, or wishing they would die quicker so the movie would end sooner.
The lighting and set design were awful. The movie was BLUE! Using light filters to create a mood is one thing, but the actors alternately looked like corpses or like they were 45 feet under water. And the set design was just sick: someone needed to paint the walls with some KILLZ, cos the whole city looked like it had a serious mildew problem. Supposedly it was set at a university in Columbus, OH -- but it couldn't be OSU since Ohio State isn't that dirty. Perhaps it was Jacob's Ladder U? Whatever...but you can tell the students never visited campus before enrollment.
And back to the plot. It had a lot of potential, but you never found out the ghosties' motivation. Sure, they wanted life, but how did they come to inhabit computers? How did they die? Are they affected by magnets or other sources of EM fields? What's with the red tape? "It blocks a wavelength, or something" we're told, but there's never any conclusions drawn.
All in all, the film presents only questions, and no answers. But the biggest question I was left with was "why did I bother?"
Give this one a miss
I like cheesy action flicks. It's a nice way to turn my brain off for a while and just have a good time. I didn't come into this film expecting Shakespeare or LOTR, but even with my fairly low expectations I was disappointed.
First, the animation was laughable: it looked like it was done using a video game engine. If I'd seen this on my PS2, I would've been impressed, but since it wasn't a video game it was just tacky.
Second, there were too many out-of-focus close ups on Jovovich's face. All too frequently the screen would fill with a smeary blob with eyes and pouty lips. It was so blurred that her nose would simply disappear into the smear.
And then there's the plot. I've read beat poetry that made more sense. Or rather, the plot made sense, but it left me wondering why they bothered. The dialog was a joke, the exposition was jerky and awkward, and the plot was so hollow that I just didn't care what happened next.
Don't get me wrong; I liked Equilibrium, I liked Doom. Cheesy action films are great. But not Ultraviolet.
Skip this movie. It's not even a rental.