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Pulse (2006)

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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Jim Sonzero

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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

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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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Color

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2.35 : 1
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This is the film Brian Draper and Torey Adamcik claimed to have seen the night they murdered Cassie Jo Stoddart. See more »

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In the beginning you see a group of guys looking at a laptop, and later in the movie you see the same group sitting in same place looking at same laptop with the same windows open See more »

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Mattie Webber: [crying] I don't why I didn't see the signs. I should have been there... done something.
Dr. Waterson: Sometimes there aren't any signs. This was a very intensely lonely young man... more than you could ever know, he was very skilled at hiding his loneliness. And when he couldn't hide it anymore, He... hid... himself. Have you ever felt that kind of loneliness?
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A solid, sometimes rewarding look at modern living
16 August 2006 | by rumfoordSee all my reviews

Pulse is a relatively close translation of a subtle Japanese horror film called "Kairo". Unlike its brethren (Ring, Grudge, etc.) Kairo was less a fantastical horror film than a grim psychological look at modern, tech-laden urban living. Despite a lot of slick looking supernatural content, Pulse largely succeeds in preserving the focus of the original--steering our attention to individuals rather than ghosts or evil entities.

The plot, which some will find tough to embrace, has a computer virus interacting with ghosts of some kind. The end result is a suicide pandemic striking all known urban areas. To the extent that the film focuses on ghosts and computers, it is easy to fault the plot for its lack of continuity and simplistic explanations--and this is really the central problem with the film; not the plot mind you, but the extent to which the film gets side-tracked with expository content that shifts focus away from the individuals struggling with depression and isolation to its devices (ghosts/computers).

Minus the ending and superfluous explanations, Pulse is good. And relevant. And really, relevance is what makes it good. It's not tough to spot the growing paradox of ever-increasing connectedness and isolation in our world of text messages, email and mass-produced culture. Pulse uses this paradox and exaggerates, and to a large extent, succeeds in provoking thought and maybe a glimmer of recognition.


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