pulse3dvdThere have been many films over the years that have told the coming of a global apocalypse in many different ways. The ‘PULSE’ trilogy does a very good job in bringing the apocalypse through technology with apparitions. I enjoyed the first film with Kristen Bell as it was a bit original even though it borrowed many elements from other films in the genre. The second film, I thought was ok, but not what I expected. You can read our review of ‘PULSE 2’. In the third and final film of the trilogy, we are taken to a world that is dark, desolate, and free of technology.

The film opens with college student Adam (Rider Strong) being involved in a long distance relationship with Salwa (Noureen DeWulf) a girl from Egypt. They keep constant communication with each other through webcams/cell phones setup in his apartment and in her bedroom. They have a full-time relationship like watching movies, eating dinner, and just plain talking with each other at all times. The only problem is that there is no physical contact between the two, so they must make do in other ways. One morning, Adam wakes up to see that Salwa is not acting herself. Something happens that terrifies him.

As a new dimension opened up during the events of the first film due to technology, it became very true that technology would one day be the death of the human race. At the end of ‘PULSE 2’, Justine (Karley Scott Collins) whom was a little girl at the time is on her way to a colony in West Texas that is free of any technological communication. In ‘PULSE 3’ Justine (Brittany Renee Finamore) is seventeen years-old and feels like she is in seclusion. This starts to drive her a bit bonkers so she decides to run away from her foster parents to head to Houston where there is communication available through a laptop.

Justine makes it to Houston with some chance encounters along the way. She begins looking for Adam, which is a buddy that she met over IM. Along the way to Houston, she runs into a cotton farmer, Wilkie (Thomas Merdis) that is as creepy looking as the ghosts in the film. I will say that this part with Wilkie is a bit disturbing. Justine survives from the lunatic Wilkie and once she gets to the city she runs into ‘Man With A Plan’ (Todd Giebenhain) from ‘PULSE 2’. He has been hiding out in the city wearing the color red since it chases off the ghosts. None of these setbacks will stop her from finding Adam.

While I didn’t find ‘PULSE 3’ to be the grand finale that I expected, the filmmakers did a fairly decent job making the different parts of the cities look run down as if an apocalypse came down. From that aspect, the film shows off that we are in a middle of a global apocalypse. The ghosts look good, but not as great as the first and second film. The use of a green screen is brought into the mix once again.
Movie Content: 4/5

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Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic aspect ratio. Colors are rather soft and I believe that this is intentional giving the film a more apocalyptic look. There is film grain throughout the presentation that never hinders the image. The film looks good for a lower budget horror film.
Video Quality: 4/5

The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. Dialogue is clean and crisp through the center channel. The rears only had use whenever there were a few sound effects. The entire soundfield was put to good use with the sound effects were in play.
Audio Quality: 3.5/5

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Special Features

  • Commentary with Writer/Director Joel Soisson, Producer Mike Leahy, Editor Kirk Morri, and star Brittany Finamore
  • Making-of Featurette
  • Trailers

Extras are a bit on the sparse side of things, but the main commentary is enjoyable.
Special Features: 3.5/5

Final Thoughts:

‘Pulse 3’ doesn’t end how I expected it to, but it does a good job wrapping up the entire series. I found ‘Pulse 3’ to be much more enjoyable than the second film. For fans of the series, this is a good purchase. If you are looking for a good horror franchise, this is a good rental.
Overall Rating: 4/5 (Rental)