The film was Jim Sonzero's first big screen effort, working from a screenplay from horror master Wes Craven and Ray Wright based on the original film from Kiyoshi Kurosawa. They did a nice job of creating the amosphere and some creepy scenes in conjunction with DP, Mark Plummer, who gives the film a washed-out look that helps the creepy sadness that is pervasive throughout. I get the distinct feeling that there is a better film sitting on the cutting room floor, as this was a victim of post-production tinkering, and for that I wonder what the film would have looked like without studio interference. It was originally slated for release this past March, but got delayed, and it had been originally rated R. Another fact that will join the pantheon's of horror What If's, what if Wes Craven had directed as had originally been slated?
Bottomline. I liked this film, flaws and all. Kristen Bell is fine emotional anchor, and there is some genuine creepiness. The way the story expands from the localized phenomenon to the coming of a new world order is interesting. It is a thematically interesting movie that doesn't fully payoff on what it wants to say, but is frightening in implication. Now I have to dig out my DVD of the original Kairo (translated as Pulse).