Contrary to Pulse 2, Pulse 3 starts on a positive note and a feel-good vibe. In a post-apocalyptic world, that doesn’t last, of course, but at least this isn’t as depressing as the previous film was. It is the first time in this series that we actually care about the main protagonist. She’s young and adventurous. The other characters aren’t particularly sympathetic.
Two things make this a decent sequel; a stand-alone story and an understanding, from writer/director Joel Soisson, that too much is not enough. For a good while, he stays away from the obnoxious computer-generated effects that made the first two films so hard to watch. Sadly, his precious build-up crumbles in the last act, at which point things get convoluted and nonsensical.
There isn’t a need for an additional sequel. There never was. This story has stretched for far too long. The internet is no longer a novelty. It’s not a mysterious thing. It never was. Perhaps this Japanese construct was never meant for the American market. These ghosts are not scary, especial not in CGI. And what a horrendous ending. The closest you get to it, the worse things get.