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Pulse

The movie is called Pulse. Now that I think about it, I'm not really sure why it was titled this, but there it is. It stars Kristen Bell (of Veronica Mars fame) and Ian Somerhalder (of Lost fame). According to the DVD box, the dead have found a way to communicate with the living through electronics like computers, cell phones, etc. They can use this technology to reach out and touch the living and this is not a good thing. However, the movie itself never fully explains that the scary, gray beings who "come through" are dead people who just want to live again (as proclaimed by a preview); the characters in the movie only refer to these beings as "they" or "them."

Ultimately the film runs in a unexpected direction in that by the end of the movie, the scale of the impact of the dead taking over the airwaves is much more global than originally predicted. In some ways Pulse reminds me of zombie movies, which is, again, not what I anticipated. Finally, I was not satisfied with the ending. This is a case in which the ending greatly influenced how I felt about the entire movie: not good. I think I mentioned this in an earlier posting; sometimes the ending can really make or break a book or a movie for me. This was one of those cases.

Make no mistake; this is a scary movie, and if you enjoy apocalyptic, oh-my-god-we're-all-gonna-die-because-the-world-is-ending movies, you will not be disappointed in this one. One other disclaimer: if you are technology phobe or believe that tin foil protects your brain waves from the little green men in the sky, you do not want to, and probably should not, view this movie.

This movie is available upon request from Annville Free Library.

--Reviewed by Ms. Angie

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