Thursday, October 4, 2012

Pulse (2006)

This remake of the Japanese horror film Kairo, which I reviewed on this site a while back, takes what was originally a thriller that was trying to comment on society and turns it into a cookie cutter ghost story. The Japanese version was trying to say that as we progress technologically in the way we communicate with one another (cell phones, text messaging, Blackberries and PCs) we are becoming more and more isolated. This isolation becomes so overwhelming at one point that we begin to disappear. It spreads worldwide and turns out to be a really frightening movie about an apocalypse that is truly shocking. The remake is about a ghost invasion. LAME! Kristen Bell stars as the lead of this POS where her boyfriend commits suicide right in front of her, and then people start to disappear soon after. It all has something to do with a mystery signal that is broadcast through communication devices (cell phones, Blackberries, PCs) and it sucks out your will to live until you disappear. Yeah, it sucks. It sucks hard. It's only redeeming value is a bath scene with Veronica Mars, and even though she doesn't show off any of the goods it's still appreciated. Such as waste of a good story.

0.5 out of 5

P.S. If you want to read the review of the original Japanese film, Kairo, click here.

*written 8/13/06

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