Impulse (2008)

Genre(s): Drama / Thriller
Sony || R - 101 minutes - $24.96 || April 15, 2008
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2008-04-12

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The Film

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Director: Charles T. Kanganis
Writer(s): Charles T. Kanganis (written by)
Cast: Angus MacFadyen, Willa Ford, Robert Moloney

Theatrical Release Date: NA

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Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Portuguese (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Korean, Chinese

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Impulse is an erotic thriller starring Willa Ford. That alone peaked my interest. Itís a film about Claire Dennison (Ford) looking for passion from her boring, but nice, psychologist husband, Jonathan (MacFadyen; Saw III). One day while away on business, Claire runs into Jonathan in the hotel bar, heís dressed differently and seems to be taking role playing to heart as she previously suggested to him days earlier. The problem? This individual just so happens to look EXACTLY like Jonathan but she discovers later, after a couple nights of passionate sex, that his name is Simon Phillips. Woops.

Things only go from bad to worse as Simon, an unstable person, becomes infatuated with Claire and learns about his dull counterpart and hatches a plan to be closer to the woman he loves, going so far to switch himself and Jonathan.

Impulse prides itself as an erotic thriller and while the first half indeed contains some erotic moments, it quickly goes into thriller mode for the second and third acts. The film actually starts out precariously with an opening shot of three nude women caressing and kissing each other (to go along with stereotypical porn musak), but thankfully, or hopefully, the director used to this to have some fun with the audience. The sexual moments between Ford and MacFadyen are good, but if youíre expecting more, you will be disappointed. For sure, it goes a tad further than some R-rated films, but it really is far tamer than what I was expecting. Iíd call those scenes Late Night Showtime-lite.

Going into the thriller aspects, Impulse picks up speed. Even though it hinges on implausibility times infinity, what are the chances of a woman running into her husbandís double and not only that, but with sexual arousal at an all-time high? It is nearly impossible to get past this point, but with the beautiful Willa Ford and a bit of charm/insanity from Angus MacFadyen, the film manages to grab success from the claws of failure.

The movie was written and directed by Charles T. Kanganis whose previous efforts include classics 3 Ninjas Kick Back and Dennis the Menace Strikes Back, not to mention numerous forgettable movies from the early 90s. While I donít think Kanganis turns corners in terms of quality, he manages to take a movie with eroticism at its core and give it a minutia of substance.

For the Willa Ford fans out there, she actually gives a decent performance in her feature debut. Sheís no Diane Lane or Sandra Bullock ó not but a long shot ó but I would not mind seeing her in more movies, last yearís biopic, Anna Nicole notwithstanding.


Outside a couple of previews for other Sony titles, there are no features on the disc.



The film is presented in anamorphic widescreen and a 1.85 OAR. A Dolby Digital 5.1 track provides for a satisfactory audio presentation. The disc also includes a Portuguese and Spanish tracks and a slew of subtitle options: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Korean and Chinese.


Impulse may not be a top notch thriller, but there is some entertainment value and with a good performance from Willa Ford, itís definitely worth a look, especially if you come across it on TV at some point.