Reviewed by: Maggie Hays
|Featuring:||Kristen Bell, Ian Somerhalder, Christina Milian, Ian Somerhalder, Christina Milian|
|Producer:||Mike Leahy, Joel Soisson, Anant Singh|
“You are now infected.”
“Pulse” begins quickly with a heavy dose of creepiness. As a result of a hacker’s fast-spreading computer virus that finds frequencies no one knew possible, a doorway to another world is opened. There is an invasion of ghost-like beings who need computers, cell phones, and PDA’s to break through and attack people and steal their will to live. This results in an epidemic of suicides.
The story centers on four college friends who really care about each other, and who are—one by one—victimized by this invasion. Mattie, the pretty co-ed meets Dexter, and they struggle to battle the invasion and stop the virus. Their courage is admirable. Most people wouldn’t want to walk into some of the situations they confront—typical long, dark hallways, frightening surroundings, and threatening situations that come rapidly in waves.
There is a scene of a young unmarried couple waking up together in bed. Word’s like “horny,” “bondage,” “a**” and “s***” are used. Several scenes show alcohol consumption. A young man hangs himself. A handful of quick flashbacks show Mattie and her boyfriend making love. For the most part, however (considering this is a movie mainly about college kids), the language is mild. There is no nudity.
What is most notable about this movie are many intense scenes designed to make you jump, and I heard a girl near me scream a few times. I found myself saying under my breath a few times “don’t open that door…”.
In this movie, people are in serious trouble, and no one turns to the Lord for help, which is the first thing I would have done. When Mattie begins seeing things after her boyfriend’s suicide, she turns to a counselor for help, who tells her she is seeing things that aren’t really there.
This is definitely not a movie for children or young teens, or anyone prone to nightmares. It is very intense and can be compared to “The Ring.” It is, indeed, a “Horror” movie.
Violence: Moderate / Profanity: Moderate / Sex/Nudity: Minor