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Pulse (2003)

Cast: Madeleine Stowe, Madeleine Stowe, Norman Reedus, more...
Director: Marcus Adams, Marcus Adams
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Studio: First Look Pictures
Genre: Foreign, Horror, Supernatural/Occult, UK
Running Time: 90 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish
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Television commercial director and music video maker Marcus Adams directs the U.K. thriller Octane, shot entirely in Luxembourg. Madeleine Stowe stars as overprotective mother Senga Wilson, who doesn't want her teenage daughter Nat (Mischa Barton) to get into trouble. While driving down the road with her mother one night, Nat jumps out of the car and escapes with a bunch of backpackers. It turns out the crowd she's running with is really an evil cult that's out for blood, led by a freaky guy they call The Father (Jonathan Rhys Meyers). In order to save her daughter, Senga embarks on a thrilling journey into a rave/dance underworld of violent twentysomethings while she copes with her own past. The techno soundtrack was provided by Orbital. Octane premiered in the U.S. at the 2003 CineVegas International Film Festival and was renamed Pulse for its eventual video release. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, All Movie Guide

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Style and storytelling trump content by talltale July 26, 2004 - 7:20 AM PDT
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
PULSE is an extremely stylish and inventive exercise in the creepy, what-is-going-on-here genre. The moviemakers present a puzzle, using all the pieces from former films of this ilk but never giving us the usual exposition--that might fill in all the blanks but would bore horror aficionados to death. This leaves us to figure the film out for ourselves, which is bracing and fun. Finally, however, the story is the same-old/same-old, so the ending falls flat. But it IS a hell of a lot of fun getting there. Madeline Stowe gives a very good performance as the distraught mom, and the rest of the attractive, talented cast comes through just fine. Visually, PULSE is a particular treat because everything seems just a bit off-kilter. It supposedly takes place in New York, yet nothing appears quite real (which fits the hallucinatory look of the film). Turns out the movie was shot in Luxembourg!

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