Pulse (2006)

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Critic Consensus: Another stale American remake of a successful Japanese horror film, Pulse bypasses the emotional substance of the original and overcompensates with pumped-up visuals and every known horror cliche.

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Imagine our wireless technologies made a connection to a world beyond our own. Imagine that world used that technology as a doorway into ours. Now, imagine the connection we made can't be shut down. When you turn on your cell phone or log on to your e-mail, they'll get in, you'll be infected, and they'll be able to take from you what they don't have anymore--life.
Rating:
PG-13 (for intense sequences of sci-fi terror, disturbing images, language, sensuality and thematic material)
Genre:
Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Box Office:
$20,230,986.00
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Cast

Christina Milian
as Isabell Fuentes
Jonathan Tucker
as Josh Ockmann
Ian Somerhalder
as Dexter McCarthy
Brad Dourif
as Thin Bookish Guy
Kristen Bell
as Mattie Webber
Samm Levine
as Tim Steinberg
Kel O'Neill
as Douglas Zieglar
John Burke
as Newscaster No. 1
Ron Rifkin
as Dr. Waterson
Amanda Tepe
as Grad Student/Margaret
Octavia Spencer
as Landlady
Christine Barger
as Goth Girl
Zach Grenier
as Professor Cardiff
Di Quon
as Christina
Riki Lindhome
as Janelle
Steve Tom
as Newscaster No. 2
Tate Hanyok
as Cafe Girl
Joseph Gatt
as Dark Figure
Corryn Cummins
as Crying Girl
Julie Lancaster
as Female Newscaster
Moira Price
as Sarah
Lee Oliver Boyd
as Newscaster No. 2
Mike J. Regan
as Phantom
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Critic Reviews for Pulse

All Critics (69) | Top Critics (21)

As the ghosts suck the life out of their victims, the audience suffers the same fate.

Full Review… | September 22, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A handful of creepy visuals can't make up for a mountain of shortcomings.

August 18, 2006
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

It would have been a lot scarier if the film's college kids, haunted by comrades who stare back at them from cyber-hell, looked like they had lives worth saving.

Full Review… | August 17, 2006
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

The remake begins with the same premise and appropriates the most striking visuals, grafting them onto a more explicable but equally dull George Romero-style doomsday scenario.

Full Review… | August 17, 2006
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

What was dreadful and trance-like in the original feels here like nothing-much-at-all sandwiched between some stock horror jolts.

August 17, 2006
AV Club
Top Critic

The J-horror remake wheel spins again, spitting out this pathetic Americanization of Kiyoshi Kurosawa's apocalyptic fable.

Full Review… | August 15, 2006
Village Voice
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Pulse

What is the deal with remaking excellent horror films? The films are terrific to begin with. There's nothing wrong with them, the only thing is that the American Studios want to cash in on the remake because they're so greedy and don't give a shit about destroying classics. With the remake of Kairo, now titled Pulse, we get just that. The film is a recipe for disaster. There is nothing good to be found within. The entire film is waste of Celluloid and it's just a big stylish special effects extravaganza. A good horror film uses atmosphere to build its horror, but this remake uses special effects, and it works badly. Although not as bad as the sequels, Pulse is still a sloppily made horror remake that just doesn't cut. The acting, story and directing are all terrible, and there's nothing going on that will appeal to the diehard horror fan. This is a pointless, awful remake of great film and it scraps the bottom of the barrel when it comes to trying to outdo the original. On the rare occasion a remake works, but 97% of the time, it doesn't. One reason they fail is because they never capture the essence, the creativity, the richness of the original film. Pulse is yet another awful horror remake and it doesn't work whatsoever. Luckily, it will be forgotten in the next ten years.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

I actually liked this a lot more than I thought I would, basically taking the virtual ghost idea to a new level. A really interesting look is given to the movie which will undoubtedly remind you of The Ring. However, this is way more of a post-apocalyptic premise that was disguised as thriller with a final solution in hand. This really doesn't have a definite ending, nor is it a mystery. A lot of why this works has to do with Kristen Bell and Ian Somerhalder. Without them, this could've been really cheesy. However, the above average acting makes this a pretty believable movie in the end. It's effective and definitely worth watching.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

½

Not bad, but quite strange scary and has loads with terrifying thrills and gruesome special effects. Kristen Bell doesn't give a great performance and the rest of the cast with the exception of Ziagler give somewhat good performances. Horror remake of Japanese's 2001 Kairo.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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