Over the past few years Iâ€™ve seen a seemingly endless line of films that have a great idea â€“ but the idea is never fully explored. The plot tests the patience of the viewer, and the climax never really brings the satisfaction one would expect. While the idea of a â€˜bad guyâ€™ winning is nothing new, itâ€™s safe to say that if you are going to pull an Empire Strikes Back, you better have earned it. â€œPulseâ€ did not.
The acting was second to none with Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars) and Ian Somerhalder (Lost) turning in solid horror-movie class performances. Bell is torn as her boyfriend has killed himself for no apparent reason, Somerhalder finds out the reason after he buys the dead guyâ€™s computer. Turns out a college project discovered an â€˜Ultra Wide Bandâ€™ Wi-Fi that opened a doorway to the dead. The dead see you and suck out your will to live rendering you into a depressed pile of ash unless youâ€™ve hermetically sealed yourself into a room with the use of red utility tape.
Yes, thatâ€™s right. Thatâ€™s the plot. Thatâ€™s the whole. Damned. Thing.
How the heck the movie could have made it to print without an ending is beyond me, the idea looked strong enough â€“ at least to be entertaining, but the story developed far too slow, didnâ€™t have a good enough hook to keep the viewer (me) interested, and when the mystery solution fails â€“ there better be a damned option B that doesnâ€™t involve a near verbatim clone of the ending to a Terminator film crossed with 28 Days Later!
Rent it and give it a view, but if you spend more than $2.95 consider yourself flatlined.