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
In the film "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" also starring Kristen Bell, during the dinner scene, a movie very similar in plot to Pulse is talked about that Sarah was in. It is humorously referred to as a horrible movie with a ridiculous premise. See more »
When we see the first instant messaging conversation between Stone, Izzy, and Tim, Tim's screen name is "Tim86". However, when Tim starts talking to Stone, it has changed to "Tim79". See more »
It has to be a virus. I mean, his computer is probably still logged on. It's just hitting his address book.
They said, "Help me."
Yeah, but viruses always have some important-sounding shit. I mean, just the other day, I got one that said, "Urgent, Stone. Read me now." I mean, that's a natural occurrence. It happens all the time...
That was from me, you idiot.
Damn. That was pretty strong.
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Beyond the fact that PULSE is based on an Asian film, it also plays like a cross between THE RING and THE GRUDGE. And the lead actress, Kristen Bell, bears a strong resemblance to Sarah Michelle Gellar and Naomi Watts, which is not the worst thing in the world. Anyhow, beings from another dimension are breaking through into our world via electronic signals. They may be ghosts, they may be aliens, and then again they may be something entirely different, like the creatures in EVENT HORIZON. The apparitions are scary, but the death scenes involve an energy transference, so there's no blood or gore and this is rated PG-13. The CGI work is outstanding, especially in suggesting the rot these creatures spread everywhere as they enter our world. In the end, though, this is a kids' film, with one teen/young adult after another being knocked off in fairly quick succession. In this way, PULSE proved a disappointment. SILENT HILL, with its similar theme of alternate realities/dimensions, was actually more entertaining -- and SILENT HIll was nothing to write home about. Bell is attractive but has a way to go as an actress. She'll get there.
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