Octane (Pulse) (2004)




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Television commercial director and music video maker Marcus Adams directs the U.K. thriller Octane, shot entirely in Luxembourg. Madeleine Stowe stars as overprotective mother Senga Wilson, who doesn't want her teenage daughter Nat (Mischa Barton) to get into trouble. While driving down the road with her mother one night, Nat jumps out of the car and escapes with a bunch of backpackers. It turns out the crowd she's running with is really an evil cult that's out for blood, led by a freaky guy they call The Father (Jonathan Rhys Meyers). In order to save her daughter, Senga embarks on a thrilling journey into a rave/dance underworld of violent twentysomethings while she copes with her own past. The techno soundtrack was provided by Orbital. Octane premiered in the U.S. at the 2003 CineVegas International Film Festival and was renamed Pulse for its eventual video release. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi
Art House & International , Horror
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Norman Reedus
as Recovery Man
Bijou Phillips
as Backpacker
Leo Gregory
as Joyrider
Gary Parker
as vacation man
Amber Batty
as vacation woman
Jenny Jules
as Highway Patrol sergeant
Patrick O'Kane
as trucker
Martin McDougall
as motivational speaker
Shauna Shim
as paramedics
David Menkin
as paramedic
Nigel Whitmey
as Detective Ned Stephens
Stephen Lord
as carjacker
Dean Gregory
as Christian missionary
Sarah Drews
as Christine
Raffaello Degruttola
as Highway Patrol cop
Glenn Wrage
as Highway Patrol cop
Monica Hudgins
as Southern Woman
Cesar Bayona Pinto
as Latino busboy
Veronique Koch
as cashier
A'se Dunbar
as cashier
Nicolette Christie
as teenage girl
Rachel Pollack
as menu girl
Emma Drews
as teenage girl (video)
Tom Hunsinger
as CSI man
Sam Douglas
as Crash Site Detective
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Critic Reviews for Octane (Pulse)

All Critics (6)

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Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | December 29, 2006
Empire Magazine

Once you scratch the surface, there's nothing underneath.

September 28, 2004
Las Vegas Weekly

...the film's storyline is hopelessly convoluted and dull.

Full Review… | August 5, 2004
Reel Film Reviews

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Full Review… | April 3, 2004

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Full Review… | April 3, 2004

Audience Reviews for Octane (Pulse)


I don't know what weird David Lynchian film I ended up watching, but it was immensely terrible. Horrible characters, story, directing. It's an art film masquerading as a thriller, but this art is dime store kitsch. I will say that the only scene worthwhile was Mischa Barton getting a navel piercing.

Robert Iwataki
Robert Iwataki

What an underrated little gem. Great acting, score, suspense, and one of the best directing jobs I have seen in a long time.

Jeff B
Jeff B

Octane or Pulse, those are TWO completely incongruous random titles they chose to stick on this one! Teenage girl is kidnapped/seduced by a cult with cultdom's flimsiest charter ever that was probably outlined on a napkin with the intention of filling in the rest later. Come to think of it, that's probably how the screenplay was developed too. I watched this after seeing Madeleine Stowe in the credits, and after 45 minutes of waiting for her to show up I suddenly realized she was the mother of the teenager and onscreen most of the time, and I didn't even recognize her! She has aged very well and a peculiar haircut also threw me off. Without her terrific performance during the first hour (as the final 30 minutes consists solely of running, sneaking, and hiding) this is bargain basement 1-star fodder that doesn't deserve an actress of her quality. Yet she manages to infuse her character with intelligence, wit, and slight dementia to pull me into her predicament. Sadly the shoddy story and plodding camerawork don't contribute anything, and the needless dark, sickly green color scheme doesn't help either.

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