Pulse Jim Sonzero

Fan boys beware: Pulse isn’t worth satisfying your urges for more Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars), no matter how bad you’re jonesing. In fact, other than its ashen, apocalyptic (Romanian) scenery there’s very little to enjoy in this film. A "commentary” on modern times and our dependence on technology (according to the producers, at least), Pulse is what could very well happen if we don’t step back and take a reality check. Okay, maybe not, but it is another inferior Hollywood remake of a terrifying Japanese horror film. Based on Kairo and co-written by Wes Craven (who passed on this to make Cursed —good or bad decision?), Pulse is a jumpy horror movie that asks the question: what if the dead were able to rise through our electronic devices and take over the world? If this film is any indication, we’re all fucked once we turn on our cell phones or laptops. Kristen Bell and Ian Somerhalder (Lost) do their best to stop a virus developed by a geek on a university campus that has spread and released soul-sucking phantoms into society. "It wasn’t beyond the realm of comprehension,” Somerhalder admits in a featurette as the reason he was drawn to the role, but from my experience, Pulse is light-years away from the realm of comprehension and is a another bastardisation of Japanese cinema. The director’s commentary is pretty dull but it does show you that not every director owns or even knows what songs make up their film’s soundtrack. Some deleted scenes appear fresh out of the cutting room and yes, even provide some context, like giving Dexter (Somerhalder) some purpose. But it isn’t nearly enough to salvage the film. (Alliance Atlantis)