Archive for September 2006

Pulse

A little background… Pulse was one of the movies I was most looking forward to this year based on its trailer. That was back when it was scheduled for a March release. Then it got pushed back to August, and then I didn’t end up seeing it in a first run theater. Today I finally got around to it on half-price day at the dollar theater.

And I don’t know what to think.

It’s a horror film so it’s supposed to scare me/creep me out. It did that quite well. The scary parts got the adrenaline going and I left the theater… in a mood…
The problem is, the parts in between the scary parts aren’t… good. The visual look is fine but the editing seems choppy, the dialogue stilted… (For the record, I don’t blame the actors. I think the problems with this one were much farther up the chain of command.)
Sooooo…
As a horror movie it gets the job done. It’s scary/creepy. But the ride to get there is very, very bumpy.

1 1/2 out of 4 stars.
Postscripts
1) I’d be quite interested to hear the story of how this got made, I get the feeling there’s a winding story there.
2) The difference in quality between the trailer and the final film is quite striking. They could have stood to let whoever slapped together the trailer have a crack at the final film.
3) A half tank of gas will not get a pickup truck from Columbus, OH to the desert.