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Pulse (2004)

Madeleine Stowe , Norman Reedus , Marcus Adams  |  R |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Madeleine Stowe, Norman Reedus, Bijou Phillips, Mischa Barton, Jonathan Rhys Meyers
  • Directors: Marcus Adams
  • Writers: Stephen Volk
  • Producers: Al Burgess, Alistair MacLean-Clark, Basil Stephens, Bill Allan, Bob Bellion
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Millennium
  • DVD Release Date: July 20, 2004
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00020VZTS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,963 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Pulse" on IMDb

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Madeleine Stowe stars in this DVD thriller. On a lonely freeway late one night, a mother (Stowe) and her teenage daughter pull into a rest stop which takes them into a surreal nightmare! A young, blood-lusting cult attempts to recruite the girl while her

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Parent's Worst Nightmare July 29, 2004
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A bickering mother (Madeleine Stowe as Senga) and daughter (Mischa Barton as Nat) are on their way home after visiting Nat's estranged father. While at a rest stop their arguing gets so bad that Nat abandons her mother and runs off with a mysterious hitchhiker (Bijou Phillips) that they had picked up. The mystery girl persuades Nat to join her cult and Senga frantically begins to search for her daughter. Eventually, they both learn that this cult has sinister intentions.

Madeleine Stowe plays Senga with surprisingly little emotion while Barton's character comes off as a real brat. They never get along and even when Senga attempts to rescue Nat they're still going at it. The movie gets cliche in the final half hour as Senga becomes a one woman army battling the evil cultists. However, the movie does build some good suspense through Senga's fear and suspicions of people who dwell during the nocturnal hours. There's also a good song called "F.E.A.R" that plays over the end credits.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational September 29, 2005
Aspiring filmmakers can always count on inspiration from a Marcus Adams production, if stuff this weak is actually making it into $11 Million productions there is hope for everyone no matter how semi-literate or imagination challenged. "Octane" aka "Pulse" looks like one of those productions that had its inception when a music video production designer stumbled across a neat looking industrial complex and got someone to cobble together a story to feature the set in something more than a music video. It looks like it was written on the back of a napkin at a truck stop because music video director Adams took huge liberties with Stephen Volk's script, and many of these changes were literally made on the set during shooting.

Rather than use the set in one of his music videos, Adams assembled a cast and shot a movie long on style and short on intelligence and substance. Imagine a nonsensical mix of "The Horse Whisperer", Rosemary's Baby", and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre". Volk's original screenplay of a British mother and her 12 year-old daughter trapped in a car on a motorway they could not get off, was fundamentally altered. So much so that Volk seriously considered having his name omitted from the credits. Adams' "on the fly" changes destroyed any possibility of unity and logic. Confused viewers searching for hidden meaning and explanations are wasting their time, there is simply no method to the madness.

Madeleine Stowe suffers through this with a bad haircut and a general look of stunned surprise. Most likely due to having the her script change on a hourly basis. All this gives the movie a disjointed look.

Barton looks pretty used up until her love scene with the cult leader (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) when they put her in heavy eye makeup.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Mind Numbingly Dull July 20, 2005
This movie was awful. Madeline Stowe deserves better, and Mischa Barton should stick to the O.C

Dumb premise gets even more muddled when the mother (spoiler!) finds her daughter, the daughter still behaves like a total brat. I would have left her with the bloodsuckers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good suspense bad story June 25, 2005
In this film made in UK and Luxembourg, Madeline Stowe stars as Senga. Senga and her daughter Nat are driving at midnight after visiting Nat's father. They bicker the whole trip and it just increases when they stop for a break at a rest stop. Nat runs away with a mysterious girl who tries and recruits her into a mysterious cult. And we are left with a nerve wracked mother doing all she hectically can to retrieve her daughter.

Both the daughter and mother eventually learn that this cult kills people for their blood. Why they do so is never explained. And even at this point when Senga is trying to rescue Nat, she still acts like a brat. The last third of the movie seems to just generate more confusion. And becomes unbelievable and my main reason for the rating I assigned.

That good part of the movie has to be attributed to the direction, not the wirtting. The movie is dark and suspenseful. Though you do not know what really is transpiring in this movie, it does keep you on the edge of the seat as Senga tries to rescue her daughter.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This UK/Luxembourg film stars Madeleine Stowe as Senga, tired mother driving a car at midnight with her daughter Nat (Mischa Burton). They have been, it seems, on bad terms recently, and Senga is getting more and more nervous as they drive on.

But some curious and unnerving things happen to them on the way home, which they have to deal with on their own. For starters, one hichhiker (Bijou Phillips) came on board, and mystreiously disappears into the darkness. Then, after bitter argument with Nat, Senga finds her daughter missing, perhaps kidnapped, in the diner on the roadside.

[CREEPY ATMOSPHERE, AWFUL STORY] Like his previous supernatural horror 'Long Time Dead' Marcus Adams as director shows considerable skills to create creepy atmosphere on the screen. Though the picture is too dark at times (and almost all the events happen at one night), it also realizes certain amount of strangely unreal feeling of staying up late at 3pm in the morning.

But the script is simply awful, especially in the last 30 minutes, where everything is explained with cliched items like 'cult,' and everything still remains confusing and unbelievable. Norman Reedus plays a 'Recovery Man' whose identity turns out so incredible. And when Jonathan Rhys-Meyers appears as 'The Father' who utters incomprehensive nonsense before the bedazzled Nat (who listens to them seriously ... no kidding!), everything falls apart.

This film reminded me of Peter Fonda's 1975 shocker 'Ride with the Devil' in which four unsuspecting travellers are terrorized by the mysterious local cult group. Though that film was a B-action/horror film, it was at least coherent to the end. And the ending was more effective than this one's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Odd but entertaining
It took me a while to warm up to this film, but once the kidnapped teenager gets involved with Jonathan Rhys Meyers, the whole dynamic of the movie changed. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Francine Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Madeleine Stowe Shines
This movie is a must see for all thriller fans out there. Madeleine Stowe does a superb job as a frantic and determined
mother trying to locate and save her daughter from a... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Ghostrider
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Be Too Critical
Also called Octane. Not widely known & it gets a bad wrap, but it's a good film if you take it for what it is & appreciate its weirdness. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Lockhart
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time
This movie is so bad on so many levels that it defies common sense and logic. I don't understand how movies like this get made. It isn't a B movie more like an E or an F. Read more
Published on November 4, 2011 by cvr527
5.0 out of 5 stars B movie
B-rated movie - netflickish
Published on June 15, 2011 by Mary Smaus
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, but with some confusing parts
I liked the movie. My only issue with it was that how did the cult leader know about the mother trying to have an abortion?
Published on July 16, 2010 by Navy Girl
4.0 out of 5 stars Nicely Done
I discovered this movie via You-tube after watching a music video someone had created mixing a scene from the film with a song by one of my most liked musicians Apparat. Read more
Published on April 23, 2010 by Janelle Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated atmospheric thriller
Boy, a lot of people hated this film. If you are a David Lynch fan and enjoyed "Muholland Drive", then this film is right up your alley. Read more
Published on April 12, 2009 by leelee
4.0 out of 5 stars Be careful what you wish for
This film is a bit underrated, in my opinion. The plot of this film is well executed for what it is. Read more
Published on February 19, 2009 by Francine
1.0 out of 5 stars Makes No Sense
Movie has some good actors and production values but the plot is impossible. The villians are unbelievable and contrived as some sort of blood sucking nihilists. Read more
Published on February 9, 2009 by C. Barthelmess
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