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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

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

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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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Details

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

When Mattie sits in the bus just before her professor tries to put himself in its path, behind her is a bearded student, an extra. Repeated views of the films will find him a total of 3 times in 3 different scenes; first in the front school yard, and then in the bus, and one more time in a computer lab. See more »

Goofs

When the Help Me messages appear on the screen during the group online chat session the appearance of the text goes from "Help Me" to "HelpMe" between shots. See more »

Quotes

Dexter McCarthy: It was your friend's computer. Did he get off on the stuff? Was he shooting those videos and selling them on-line? What was he doing?
Mattie Webber: Josh tied a phone cord around his neck and hanged himself - that's what he was doing?
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Soundtracks

Delay the Wait
Written by Jules Larson and Joz Ramirez
Performed by Overnight Lows
Courtesy of Jonathan Palmer Music
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The story really killed this movie
14 August 2006 | by Dave (freaky_dave)See all my reviews

I went to see Pulse knowing it was PG13, so I didn't expect much gore, but couldn't the writer of this story at least have done something more with it?

Pulse is a movie about a hacker who releases a strange computer virus which immediately affects computers everywhere as well as cell phones and even TV screens. We soon find out that the virus is really the dead who have found a way to return to the living world. What they want is the life force of every living being. So it is up to our heroes to try and find a way to stop them before they can consume the entire world.

That's the plot which in my opinion was a rather clever idea. Too bad that the story makes very little sense and is filled with implausibilities that go against the very story that the writer and director were trying to get across. I won't explained these because of the spoilers that would be involved. Of course there aren't many spoilers anyway, since the commercials give much of it away.

The acting was decent, and some of the visuals were nice, but there is very little suspense. This is more of a simple shock film like so many other horror movies that have been filling our theaters for about three years. There is one horror movie that is the exception, and that is The Descent which was released last week. If you want to see one of the best horror movies in the past couple years, go see that one instead and forget about Pulse.


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