In today’s world of modern conveniences, everything we rely on is run by electricity. But what happens if the power we take for granted turns against us? Old man Holger (Charles Tyner) knows. He claims electricity is a living presence, whose voice can only be silenced by getting rid of anything that can hear it. Bill Rockland (Cliff De Young), however, refuses to believe him. It must have been an accident when an electric spark ruptured the gas pipe that nearly killed Bill’s son (Joey Lawrence). And it’s surely a coincidence when his wife (Roxanne Hart) is severely scalded by their electric water heater. But when his own power tools attack him and an electrical fire turns their home into a blazing inferno, Bill realizes Holger may have been right after all, and perhaps the time has come to finally pull the plug.
What We Thought:
Pulse seems like a movie I probably watched back in the day, but after watching it now, it really wasn’t familiar. I can see why it might be forgotten though.
Joey Lawrence stars as a young boy spending time at his dad’s house. His parents are divorced and he arrives at his father’s new house and his father’s new significant other. A death across the street has the neighborhood talking. Some weird stuff starts happening around the house and he talks to a neighborhood boy (played by his brother Matthew) and hears what happened to the neighbor. When the TV acts up, he thinks it’s happening at the house and his father doesn’t believe him.
It’s that classic 1980’s concept where a kid can’t possibly know what they are talking about. It takes the new wife to get hurt for the father to really pay attention. Joey’s character almost dies in the garage, but the father writes it off as a pipe issue.
The film today feels really dated yet at the same time really showed the issues of technology. Kids today wouldn’t know what a VCR or VHS tape is and Lawrence listens to a Dodgers game on the radio. The radio! Kids wouldn’t think to listen to a radio to hear a baseball game. Yet at the time it was released, it was showing how all our gadgets were connected and how many things we plug-in or live off of make us susceptible to problems.
I don’t think I liked Pulse, but I’m not sure I’m supposed to. If I had seen it when it first came out it might be a good trip down memory lane, but I simply don’t remember it. It’s definitely dated and pretty lackluster by today’s standards as well. But I do respect it for what it was as the time. We don’t have kids movies today and we need them. Everything is animated or superheroes. We don’t have kids acting like kids and a movie like this reminds me of the good days when we did.
Cast & Crew:
- Cliff De Young
- Roxanne Hart
- Joey Lawrence
- Matthew Lawrence