Can’t Feel A Pulse

Pulse poster
PULSE

Try taking an ECG in a morgue and you get Pulse. It’s already dead when you arrived.                   

Riding on the digital, cyber-wave about the ills of technology gave birth to movies like Pulse. I hope Staying Alive would be more exciting since Pulse failed to resuscitate any heart rate. The movie was so slow and with such procrastinating camerawork, I had time to do my nails, get a haircut, cook a 10-course meal and re-correct MJ’s plastic surgery before getting into any scares.

Actually, I thought Pulse had a pretty good story idea. In a crux, Pulse is what happens when a computer virus gets flesh and comes to life. Then it starts wiping out biological computing processors… thus known as humans. On a more reflective note, it is a caution for the many net denizens who spend so much time on internet profiles and the web that we lose our identities and become empty shells ready to evaporate into dust at the slightest computer glitch.

More than that, I think, in the blog era, the irony is even starker. I know so much more of people I never met, than flesh-and-blood friends who’re just a phone call away. In the movie, anyone connected to the internet, mobile phones or wi-fi dies. With online piracy so rampant, it’s as if Pulse is putting a silent curse on anyone who downloads this film. ‘Watch this film on your computer for free and you die!’ What a hoot up for the lobby against piracy and the alienation that technology brought about.

How many of us can live without technology nowadays? I know I can’t. I spend more time on some ‘F’ sites than doing what I really need to do in real life. Pulse in a way is a wake-up call for me, but as a movie, it best exists as a nightmare that is forgotten when the light’s switched on. In the end, it reminded me of the Terminator series where humans live to fight advances in technology to stay alive. But in this case, the annihilation factor is a soul-sucking ghoul with vacant eyes and a big, big mouth.

I just found out that this film is also a remake from a 2001 Japanese movie with the same title by Kiyoshi Kurosawa. Haven’t Pulse circa 2006’s director, Jim Sonzero, learnt anything from Hollywood remakes of Japanese horror from predecessors such as The Ring, Dark Water and The Grudge? Leave the nihonjin makes alone. They may be less coherent, but they were much scarier!

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. agooddaytolive
    Sep 15, 2006 @ 06:07:19

    Apparently the original, Kairo, was scarier. The trailer was at least more creepy. And that the techno-alienation of the youth in Japan was lost in translation.

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  2. yummy_tofu
    Sep 15, 2006 @ 06:44:58

    i miss you :p

    Reply

  3. runecircle
    Sep 16, 2006 @ 19:59:49

    lmao!

    Reply

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