The basic premise of Pulse is that ghosts are after us... through our wi-fi. Yet another movie based on an Asian horror film but there are some promising aspects - it has Kristin Bell and is co-written by Wes Craven which is why I gave it a shot. I felt dubious about it from the beginning as the movie was release in 2006 and these were the opening credits:
But I digress.
Ok, Pulse starts with this guy:
acting all paranoid and getting attacked in the library by this:
But then there's a suicide epidemic and people start killing themselves all over the place because ghosts are taking our will to live. But the one good thing to keep in mind is that K-Bell gets a boyfriend upgrade. From this:
|I swear the explanation was better in the last draft of the script!|
I also want to touch on the logic of the film. There is none. The ghosts need to suck out your soul or something then you wander around for a bit until you kill yourself and if you don't kill yourself you turn into ash. Okay, fair enough. But can't the ghosts get you wherever you are? Which is what they seem to be able to for the better part of the film. However, when K-Bell and the male model try to get to a dead zone where they will be safe, ghosts attack!!!
Now, I'm no ghost or car-attack expert, but if you could appear anywhere why wouldn't you appear IN the car? Seriously, it's a 3 minute sequence of the ghost on top of the car and flailing around trying to get at them. Make yourself appear INSIDE then you can suck their faces in a minute, tops.
Maybe I'm being nitpick-y and maybe Pulse is making a good point about how we were extra super dependent on technology back in 2006. But I couldn't get over how much this movie wanted to be The Ring, even down to the blue-tint used through the majority of the film. The Ring makes no sense, but it comes up with a few simple rules and sticks to them. Pulse just seems to be making it up as it goes along.
I actually liked the ending. It gave me hope that the human race would continue to thrive in dead zones and only attractive 20-somethings survived to continue building the society. To be on the safe side, I think it's best to start making friends with your local Amish colony now.