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Pulse 2: Afterlife

In a post-apocalyptic world, a father must protect his daughter from the ghost of his ex-wife.

 

United States
2008
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Character Focus: 
Ghost Film
Relative: 
Mother
Catastrophes: 
Apocalypse
Fire
Dimensional: 
Spirit
Static
3.04
It'll lower your heart rate...
6
3.04
6
6
1
2
3
Performances
Plot
Effects
There’s nothing remotely amusing about Pulse 2. The first film concluded with the end of the world, but there’s enough survivors, here, to justify a sequel or two. And when it comes to bad sequels to bad films, writer and director Joel Soisson is who you need. The man can imitate a style and ensure continuity. He’s not bad on a technical level but his films are usually uninteresting.
Like Part 1, Part 2 is heavily composited with editing techniques only a filmmaking student would be proud of. It’s hard to tell if the problem occurred in the cutting room or in the screenplay, but there is a constant need to use flashbacks, hallucinations and/or visions, in addition to partial voice-over narration. Normally, a picture is worth a thousand words but not here.
The emo vibe is depressing. Who knows what the actors think they’re emulating when there are so many computer-generated effects. Some shots are so badly color-keyed that the actors obviously don’t know what they’re doing. “We’ll fix it in post”, Soisson must have thought. There is something truly frightening about this film, but it’s poorly executed and it never reaches its full potential.
Alternate Titles: 
Pulse 2
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