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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.

Director:

Jim Sonzero

Writers:

Wes Craven (screenplay), Ray Wright (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristen Bell ... Mattie
Ian Somerhalder ... Dexter
Christina Milian ... Isabelle Fuentes
Rick Gonzalez ... Stone
Jonathan Tucker ... Josh
Samm Levine ... Tim
Octavia Spencer ... Landlady (as Octavia L. Spencer)
Ron Rifkin ... Dr. Waterson
Joseph Gatt ... Dark Figure
Kel O'Neill ... Douglas Zieglar
Zach Grenier ... Professor Cardiff
Riki Lindhome ... Janelle
John Burke ... Newscaster
Mike J. Regan ... Phantom (as Mike Regan)
Steve Tom ... Male Newscaster #2
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

There are some frequencies we were never meant to find See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 August 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Puls See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,203,822, 13 August 2006

Gross USA:

$20,259,297, 8 October 2006
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Tim Steinberg: It has to be a virus. I mean, his computer is probably still logged on. It's just hitting his address book.
Mattie Webber: They said, "Help me."
Stone: 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...
Isabell Fuentes: That was from me, you idiot.
Stone: Damn. That was pretty strong.
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Connections

References King Kong (2005) 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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Derivative but still scary
12 August 2006 | by xredgarnetxSee all my reviews

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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