On the Big Board
||Even *I* don't love Kristen Bell this much. A very good J-horror movie was adapted into an abominable Hollywood production.
||The most boring horror movie in a while
Loosely based on the Japanese film Kairo, directed and written by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Pulse explores the idea of what might happen if our wireless technologies could somehow connect to a world beyond our own.
In the Japanese version of the story, the plot began with a mysterious suicide. When the young man's friends begin to investigate, they start to experience strange communications from eerie, ghostly beings. One person sees shadows of a dead friend on the wall, another one has a computer that won't turn off and continually shows ghastly images. By the time the movie reached its rather dramatic conclusion, it was revealed that something quite sinister was occurring.
For the Weinstein Co.'s North American remake of the film, the idea is similar to that of Kairo. Once you make a connection to the spirits from the "other world", it is impossible to close it down. Whenever a person logs into e-mail or turns on a cell phone, something "gets in", causing it to be infected. More importantly, whatever is inhabiting your wireless world can take from you what they no longer have - life.
The cast of the film includes a veritable who's who of rising young stars. Primary amongst them is Kristen Bell, who is becoming quite the cult star thanks to Veronica Mars. Additionally, Ian Somerhalder (formerly of Lost) and Christina Milian (Love Don't Cost a Thing) will have key roles. (Kim Hollis/BOP)