Pulse (2003) Movie Review


Pulse (2003)

2003 | R | Horror, Thriller, Mystery
91 minutes /

User Score: 50/100

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Pulse Review


While on a late night road trip home, a woman must save her rebellious teenage daughter who runs off with a bizarre group of blood-letting psychos.

Octane (2003) is a UK English mystery thriller horror movie that did not make it to my recommendation list. Director Marcus Adams (Long Time Dead (2002), The Marksman (2005), Band Explosion (1991)) did an okay job executing his third movie. The movie does not contain sexual content except for minor kissing, not much violence, but it does contain bad language and drug use. There was not much suspense, scares, thrills or mystery in this movie.

Octane revolves around divorced mother Senga Wilson (Madeleine Stowe - Revenge (2011), The Last of the Mohicans (1992), We Were Soldiers (2002), Twelve Monkeys (1995)) doing everything she can to find her daughter who went missing at a truck stop. Senga and her 15-year-old daughter Natasha (Mischa Barton - The Sixth Sense (1999), The O.C. (2003), All My Children (1970), Notting Hill (1999)) went to visit Natasha’s father who lives six hours away for her birthday. Senga came upon a lot of strange creepy incidents on their trip and decided to stop and take a break at a highway diner. It was one of the worst mistakes Senga ever made because she encounters another strange incident that will change her live. Natasha met Backpacker (Bijou Phillips - Almost Famous (2000), Bully (2001), Hostel: Part II (2007), Havoc (2005)) and took it upon herself to give her a ride. They dropped the girl off and returned a few minutes later to return her CD that she forgot in the car, and she was nowhere to be found. Mom and daughter went back to the diner so that Natasha could pick up her birthday present from her father. Natasha storms out of the diners and leaves with the Backpacker and a couple in an RV after her mother got into an argument with her father for buying her concert tickets that her mother forbid her to go to.

Senga went on a chase after the RV and found it empty. She found blood in thermoses and videos of young girls talking about their life before. She did not see her daughter and retreats to her car to find the backpacker in the backseat strangling her while she was driving. After a few incidents, someone framed Senga as being hallucinating, and the officers do not take her seriously. Will Senga recover her daughter and will she be dead or alive? Will Senga survive the ordeal after everyone thinks she is crazy?

The movie was an okay watch, and it was just another movie that I saw on a rainy day. I would not go out of my way to see this movie and would recommend others to do the same. The actors did not do a great job with their roles. Some scenes of the movie reminded me of Stephen King novels. There were high and low points in the movie, but one thing for sure is that the movie had a great plot. The graphics were not the best, and the screenplay could have been better. The movie lacked pizzazz and scary moments. The ending of the movie was a horrible shocker that I did not expect - it was a good ending to the movie but just terrible about what happened.

About Pulse 2003

Title: Pulse
AKA: Octane
Year: 2003
Runtime: 91 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.5/5 stars from 6 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 6
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Mischa Barton, Martin McDougall, Norman Reedus, Sam Douglas, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Madeleine Stowe, Raffaello Degruttola, Patrick O'Kane, Nigel Whitmey, Shauna Shim, Tom Hunsinger, Jenny Jules, David Menkin, Samuel Fröler, Stephen Lord, Dean Gregory, Sarah Drews, Glenn Wrage, Monika Hudgins, Cesar Bayona Pinto, Véronique Koch, Bijou Phillips, Ase Dunbar, Nicolette Christie, Leo Gregory, Rachel Pollack, Emma Drews, Gary Parker, Amber Batty, Pedro Barreira
Writers: Stephen Volk
Director: Marcus Adams

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