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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Critic Reviews for Pulse
As the ghosts suck the life out of their victims, the audience suffers the same fate.
A handful of creepy visuals can't make up for a mountain of shortcomings.
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.
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.
What was dreadful and trance-like in the original feels here like nothing-much-at-all sandwiched between some stock horror jolts.
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.
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.
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.
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