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Competition: Win a copy of Pulse on DVD!

Posted: Wed, 28th Feb 2007, 2:41pm

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The Details


  • Title: Pulse
  • Director: Jim Sonzero
  • Cast: Kristen Bell, Ian Somerhalder, Christina Milian
  • Running time: 90 minutes
  • Cert: 15 (UK)
  • Release: 5th March

The Movie

Pulse's premise can be summed up in a single sentence: What if wi-fi technology was a portal to hell? It really is that absurd.

Despite potentially rich topics such as the detrimental effect of technology on human interactions this works best if seen as tutorial detailing all the things you should avoid doing when making a horror movie. Cliched, predictable and unsympathetic characters – check. A nonsensical plot more concerned with supposed ‘frights’ than actually making sense – check. Generic and unrealistic dialogue – big check.

Primarily, however, Pulse serves as a warning about both the importance of the script and the dangers of unrestrained grading. The story is painfully slow, with very little actually happening during the movie. At a a short 90 minutes, it still manages to be tedious and takes far too long to explain itself, not helped by an eventual ‘revelation’ which is both anti-climactic and rather silly. The dialogue, meanwhile, sounds like old men trying to write for teenagers and completely undermines the efforts of the cast.

The movie has been graded to look like an Audi commercial, with a murky, desaturated, absurdly dark and high contrast image - fine for a two minute advert or music video, but it's remarkably difficult and dreary to watch for an entire feature film.

Other than a couple of inventive effects shots and a great cameo from the ever-dependable Brad Dourif, there's little to recommend in Pulse.

The Extras

Some respite can be found in the extra features, which are competent if a little standard. The cast and crew are enthusiastic, displaying a clear vision and many good intentions, which makes the final movie’s failure all the more unfortunate.

Director Sonzero’s commentary is rather dry, declaring “this is an interesting scene” at every opportunity, despite on-screen evidence to the contrary. It will be interesting to see what Sonzero can do when he isn't crippled by one of Wes Craven's reject scripts.

The documentaries are light but entertaining, with a good selection of interviews and some genuinely innovative behind-the-scenes greenscreen footage involving Kristen Bell and lots of hands. Rounding out the extras is an unintentionally amusing look at ‘real’ electronic phenomena featuring various paranormal investigators talking seriously while blurry, pixellated images move slowly (and ominously!) across the screen.

You’re not going to find anything particularly new or revelatory here but it’s a solid set of features that would be perfectly satisfactory were they accompanying a better movie.

Win a copy!!

You’re no doubt hugely excited about getting hold of Pulse, so we’ve teamed up with Paramount again to offer a few freebies, especially for all you FXhomers.

If you’d like to win a copy of this unique movie, send an email to COMPETITION NOW CLOSED with the answer to the following question:

The human pulse can drop to 40 BPM (beats per minute) during sleep. What is the average BPM of an adult when they’re awake?

Rules and regs: It wouldn't be a proper competition without some rules! So here we go: 1. Pulse is a horror film, so unfortunately you have to be 15 or over to enter. Tell us your date of birth in your email, or else. 2. These DVDs are region 2, so make sure your DVD player can handle it. 3. Don't forget to include your home mail address, as DVDs can't be sent by email.

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Posted: Wed, 28th Feb 2007, 3:17pm

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Sounds interesting, will check out some websites right now for the answer biggrin
Posted: Wed, 28th Feb 2007, 6:17pm

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Two competitions in two days!? It's genius! razz
Posted: Wed, 28th Feb 2007, 8:04pm

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I want that DVD
Posted: Thu, 1st Mar 2007, 11:00am

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Lol...after that review, think Paramount'll be sending more dvd's? wink
Posted: Thu, 1st Mar 2007, 11:09am

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I was a little concerned about that. smile Hopefully the glowing Clerks II will balance it out. At least nobody can accuse us of swinging reviews just because we got a few freebies to giveaway!
Posted: Thu, 1st Mar 2007, 6:28pm

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cool:) i want this dvd!
good luck to you all!
Posted: Fri, 2nd Mar 2007, 5:42am

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Its funny how you go from that review to...
You’re no doubt hugely excited about getting hold of Pulse, so we’ve teamed up with Paramount again to offer a few freebies, especially for all you FXhomers.
lol. It's like, well regaurdless of how awful the movie really is, you should buy it anyways. Or at least sign up for the competition.

Though if it was region 1, I'd totally be up for it.
Posted: Fri, 2nd Mar 2007, 11:34am

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Here in the UK we call it 'sarcasm'. smile
Posted: Sat, 3rd Mar 2007, 1:19am

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reviews like that really make me want to watch the films, of course I have a large collection of Mystery Science Theater and films like Plan 9 From Outer Space. I remember when I showed it to my friends one girl asked, "You payed money for that movie!?"
Posted: Sat, 10th Mar 2007, 3:23am

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Other than recieving the DVD in the mail, how do we know if we won or not? will there be an email? I'm really hoping I win!
Posted: Tue, 13th Mar 2007, 9:46pm

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