Practically smothered by the stolidus script, a frustratingly slow pace, inert characters, and poor acting, Pulse 2 is a recipe for disaster. This sequel to the unpopular J-horror remake has qualities strikingly similar to M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening (mass suicide attempts by jumping off ledges, stabbing oneself with scissors, and other pretentiously directed kills), only without a shred of intelligence to be found.
Ghosts invade our world using wireless Internet and people begin having the desire to kill themselves. Once infected by this bruise-like virus that spreads throughout your body, you begin to feel helpless, cold, and wish you were dead. The only way to stay safe is using red tape (which keeps “them” out) and destroy electrical devises. Its concept apes the first, but the film feels rushed into production without the necessary editing and special effects that made the first bearable.
Like a mediocre TV-made movie, it never recovers from the mummified acting, poor lighting, and senseless scripting. Joel Soisson (most commonly known for writing sequels like Dracula 2000, Mimic 2, and Hollowman 2) is by no means a good writer or director. Pulse 2 is just another boring sequel to a unworthy film and the urge hit the eject button emerges only a fraction into the film. Sadly, the only pulse here is in the throbbing headache after it’s all over. Sitting through a nauseating 89 minutes of boredom, a couple of aspirin is required to relieve the pain.
With TV actor Jamie Bamber’s name boldly printed on the cover, one immediately gets the impression that a remarkable breakthrough performance will be exerted from this practically unknown actor. This is far from true. Bamber does nothing more than give an implausible performance. As for the rest of the cast, wooden performances are to be found by nearly everyone. Blank faces and mundane personalities fill these characters, and what is suppose to be scary just ends up being mind-numbing. So many scenes are meant to be suspenseful and fail miserably. This I blame mainly on the directing, scripting, and the producing team (responsible for the original Pulse).
Take this as a warning for the very few of you who enjoyed the first (I can probably count each and every one of you on two hands). You too might be disappointed. The special effects here seem unfinished and distorted. As for the uncountable majority that didn’t like the first, I propose that a skip sticker be permanently stamped on the cover of the DVD for the sake of your money and time. Nobody should resort to Pulse 2 as entertainment. It was simply torturous filmmaking with finished material that seems undeveloped. Suffering from numerous flaws and a tug-o-war of bad scripting and directing, Pulse 2 honestly has no redeeming qualities.
Even the DVDs special features are undernourished, featuring two deleted scenes (one of which is missing its special effects), feature commentary by the filmmakers, and a sneak peek at the dreaded and unwanted Pulse 3. 1/5 stars