The hacker Josh invades the computer of Douglas Ziegler, who is developing a powerful wireless signal, and accidentally releases a mysterious force that takes the will to live of human beings, generating a suicide epidemic and increasing the force. His girlfriend and student of psychology, Mattie, sees each one of their common friends die and the destruction of the modern world, and together with her new acquaintance Dexter, they try to plan a virus developed by Josh in the network to shutdown the system and save mankind. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Esto Es Lo Que Hay
Written by Maurico Jose Arcas, Armando Figueredo, Jose Luis Pardo, Jose Rafael Torres, Julio Briceno,
and Juan Manuel Roura
Performed by Los Amigos Invisibles
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I have to defend this excellent little epic of nightmare cinema from all you logic hounds out there who can't stand movies that don't explain everything to you. This is dream-logic film-making at its creepy, subconscious best. Irrational, inexplicable, inevitable, and inescapable: It's the end of the world as we know it. Like the amazing Dawn of the Dead remake, it taps into our post-9/11 anxieties and turns everyday reality on its head. Like the French thriller Cache, it brings real terror and paranoia into our homes. And like Todd Hayne's Safe, it offers no easy way out.
Surprisingly, this American version retains the original Japanese film's bleak atmosphere and irrational plotting, leading the viewer slowly and inexorably to the bitter end. Spoiler: The protagonists try to save the world and actually fail: how often does that happen in Hollywood movies these days?
Pulse reminds me of apocalyptic horror classics like Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, David Cronenberg's Videodrome and Crash, Roman Polansky's Repulsion, and Stanley Kubrick's The Shining -- visionary films that were also dismissed when they were first released.
Visually, this new Pulse is stunning, probably because director Jim Sonzero comes from the disciplined world of commercial advertising. Check out his high-tech ghosts in slow-motion on your DVD. Freaky. And notice how the streets and classrooms keep getting emptier, darker and grimier as the film progresses; the world is quietly coming to an end but no one is doing anything about it! Chilling. All in all, the over all effect is downright disturbing.
Too bad Pulse isn't getting the recognition it deserves. I, for one, can't wait to see what the director does next.
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