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Octane (2003)

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While on a late night road trip home, a woman must save her rebellious teenage daughter who runs off with a bizarre group of blood-letting psychos.

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Marcus Adams

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Stephen Volk
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Madeleine Stowe ... Senga Wilson
Norman Reedus ... Recovery Man
Bijou Phillips ... Backpacker
Mischa Barton ... Natasha 'Nat' Wilson
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... The Father
Leo Gregory ... Joyrider
Gary Parker Gary Parker ... Vacation Man
Amber Batty Amber Batty ... Vacation Woman
Jenny Jules ... Highway Patrol Sergeant
Patrick O'Kane ... Trucker
Martin McDougall ... Motivational Speaker
Shauna Shim Shauna Shim ... Paramedic #1
David Menkin ... Paramedic #2
Nigel Whitmey Nigel Whitmey ... Detective Ned Stephens
Samuel Fröler ... Marek Wilson
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Storyline

Divorced business-bitch Senga Wilson grudgingly drives daughter Nathalie 'Nat' home after a visit to her dad, far away. During a rest-stop, Nat sneaks out with a friend and joins a weird truck-nomadic hippie-like sort of cult, which Senga tails. Its 'father' uses drugs and sex to bind everyone to his bloodthirsty scheme. When Bradford PD detective Ned Stephens investigates, Nat's dad assures him she's safe with him and Senga is pathologically disturbed. Nightmares blur who is imagining or lying what. Written by KGF Vissers

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, language, some drug and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Luxembourg

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 2003 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Pulse See more »

Filming Locations:

Luxembourg

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,840,000, 31 December 2004
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film's title Octane and the name of the composer Orbital, both start with the letter O. See more »

Goofs

When Senga and Nat drive past the scene of the first accident, the background chatter on the police radio loops. See more »

Quotes

Christian Missionary: [sees her alone] Do you know the words of Jesus Christ?
Senga Wilson: [frustrated] Do you know the words FUCK OFF?
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F.E.A.R.
Ian Brown
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If Only...
13 November 2004 | by rava-1See all my reviews

The involvement of Johnathan Rhys-Meyers and Madeline Stowe made me interested in seeing Pulse/Octane. For the first part of the movie I was rewarded with cool photography, a nightmarish tone and the increasingly complex portrayal of a messed up mother-daughter dynamic. I began to get excited about what was to come as I was reminded of great classics like The Hunger, Aliens or Near Dark. Unfortunately, this potential never came to fruition.

What begins as an examination of a mother's will to protect her petulant daughter from herself soon decays into just another "B" horror movie full of clichés and buffoonish action. Shifting the perspective from Stow's character to the daughter's (Micha Barton) removes all weight and tension from the story since Barton's character is as fluffy and foolish as any MTV V-Jay. Why should we root for the mother when the heroin-chic daughter would so obviously be more happy partying with Bijou Phillips' vacuous hitchhiker?

Jonathan Rhys Meyers uses his trademark sensuality to good effect here, but his character, "The Father," is given such short-shrift that he never becomes more than a caricature. Still, if he is some kind of symbol for wanton lasciviousness, it looks so good on him one roots for Barton to accept his advances and ditch her mother's increasingly silly attempts to save her.

Movies like this are really irritating because of what they could have been with a bit more vision on the part of the writer and director. I'm sure Stowe and Rhys-Meyers saw the potential in the script and were then disappointed. For me, Pulse/Octane is one that got away...


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