Videodrome 2.0. While James Woods wanted to enter the screen, the protagonists of Pulse wait for the ghosts to exit from their computers. It is a lucid analysis of the contemporary society: the social medias are everywhere (they are the real ghosts). Prophetic.
A complete invasion of our illusionary space, ghosts, like computers isolate our surroundings. "Pulse" gives us a clear portrayal of an apocalypse after the world has gone missing presumably accounting for those gone and missing on the web. See the dead on screen as bodily projections and see yourself on the screen right next to them.
Both a brilliantly atmospheric slow-burn chiller and a fascinating study of millennial angst and digital voyeurism. We look in on our protagonists from behind windows, bookshelves, walls and computer screens; the digetic framing keeping us ever-conscious of the self-reflexive, endlessly spiraling murder and death the World Wide Web forces one to witness.
I can't decide if I wish Pulse made more sense or not. Surely, the haphazard motion of its plot and characters would drive a screenwriting guru mad, but madness is its M.O., creating an apocalyptic cityscape where the living are mysteriously losing the will to go on. That this encroaching, soul-sucking loneliness is tied to the rise of the internet is tantalizing. Only the film's greatest optimist can outlast it.
A perfect model for the transition of human consciousness to the digital age. It's not actually about " disconnection, loneliness, and the impersonal nature of technology", it's about the entry of the "real" to the "virtual". This is where human bodies become embedded in the digital field --- which is happening now, in Facebook, and other sites, as portions of our consciousness migrate to the digital simulacra.
My first time watching Kiyoshi Kurosawa...
PULSE is an interesting film about what happens when the dead communicate with technology. Although, this happens to not be frightening but rather more thought-provoking because how we live & die. Kiyoshi presents us some of the most atmospheric cinematography and visual styles of the modern Japanese horror cinema. Overall, I think it's a good start for Kiyoshi fans. :)
So let me get this straight, ghosts invade the world via the internet and bring about the apocalypse? The storyline may be convoluted as hell, but if this isn't a creepy film I don't know what is. It doesn't so much shock as it just slowly depresses you. A haunting portrait of despair and loneliness at the beginning of the internet age. Kurosawa proves there's nothing like good old fashioned human connection.
yeah shit isn't spelled out for you. wah wah. tape creates portals, derpsters. ghosts lure you in. steal your shit so they can inhabit this world. you become a sad little emo shadow. because you fell for the stupid ghost mumbo jumbo about dying alone. kind of makes DON'T SPLIT UP, YA COCKS poetic. /horrorcheese
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