Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
Brittany Renee Finamore
What's it about
Picking up where the second one left off, this one is about a teenager who lives with her family in a 'safe zone', where electronics are banned to avoid getting sucked into a virtual world full of monsters. Anyway, there are digital ghosts trying to kill her and her boyfriend or something.
Is it good movie?
You know, I saw the first Pulse in theatres and it never should have made it there. I thought it was absolutely ridiculous, stupid and insulting. In fact, I promised myself that I'd never watch a terrible and watered down J-Horror remake ever again. I've held true to that promise until this came across my desk.
With that being said, Pulse 3 wasn't a remake of a J-Horror film but rather a cheap sequel filmed back to back with the last cheap sequel, which was brilliantly titled Pulse 2. I didn't see Pulse 2, but a good friend of mine watched it and let me know all about how awful it was. He also told me that a third was filmed at the same time and would be released shortly afterwards.
Even after this new entry, I still wish I hadn't seen the first one. This movie is terrible. I mean the idea isn't bad, having ghosts in machines. But the execution is awful. Anyone who knows anything about computers or technology in general would hang themselves 10 minutes into this beast just to end the suffering. And not only that, but it's KNOWN that there are ghosts in the wireless frequencies but our protagonist Justine still seeks out a laptop (from a junkyard, and yeah..it works) and tries to go online.
Yeah, she's walking to Houston to meet up with her boyfriend. It's like a modern day f-ing awful Romeo and Juliet. She just stumbles around with a magical wireless signal on her relic laptop. And nothing really happens in this stupid movie, there are barely any kills at all and the effects are terrible. There's a strange Black Snake Moan -esque reference, but still this film is even duller than the first one.
I should stop here. I'm praying that this is the end of this 'franchise' that never should have existed in the first place.
Video / Audio
The video is presented in 1.78.1 widescreen and it's the best part of this release. The transfer is clean and crisp, and I give credit where credit is due.
Audio isn't so hot, sporting a very rear-heavy 5.1 Dolby mix.
We get an 8 minute behind-the-scenes featurette, which lasts about 4 times longer than it took to write the script for Pulse 2. There is a bit of interesting stuff here, but nothing overly impressive.
We also get a director's commentary with a bunch of other fellows who made this film. I'll be honest, it was hard to sit through as these fellows actually talk as if they may have made a decent film.
Obviously Pulse 3 wins my film of the year award. It's full of terrible effects, a lame cast (poor Rider Strong), no substance, shoddy direction and a dull plot. I hate to rip on something so fiercely but this movie really and truly sucks it.