Pulse

"Pulse" is based on the 2001 Japanese horror film "Kairo". Written and directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, it revolves around a group of Japanese teens who investigate a series of suicides linked to an internet webcam that promises visitors the chance to interact with the dead.

In director Jim Sonzero’s update, Kristen Bell of the popular series ‘Veronica Mars’ must unravel the mystery behind the chilling, cryptic e-mails she begins to receive from beyond the grave. "Mattie really provides the narrative of the film," says Bell. "She witnesses the suicide of someone close to her at the beginning of the film, and it eats at her. She’s the one that stays driven to find out what’s really going on, and she doesn’t give in."

Ian Somerhalder, who played Boone Carlyle in the first season of the hit series "Lost", portrays computer geek Dexter, who ultimately becomes Mattie’s only ally in her search for the truth.

Other members of the cast are Christina Milian ("Be Cool" and "Love Don’t Cost a Thing") as Mattie’s best friend and roommate Isabel; and Jonathan Tucker ("Criminal" and "Hostage") as depressed computer hacker Josh, who in producer Joel Soisson’s words "opens Pandora’s box in our film. He’s the guy that creates the problems that everyone else has to solve."

pulse2.jpgTucker agrees. "My character discovers a portal that opens up a world that he doesn’t expect to find, and that my friends have got to figure out how to close," he says. "He falls on difficult psychological times because he discovered this opening that’s allowed these evil spirits into his life."

"Pulse" addresses the latent dangers of our fast-paced, digitally driven lifestyles and exploits our fears about technology. "We were trying to point out how the Internet is supposed to bring everyone together and make us one world," adds Tucker. "But it really creates distance between people."

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