Watched Jan 02, 2011
Owen Hughes’s review:
The plot focusses on the 4 employees of a local talk radio station in the small Canadian town of Pontypool (the host, Grant Mazzy (played by Stephen McHattie), his producer, someone else who works there who I think is the assistant producer or something like that, and the "eye on the sky" character who you never actually see), where there happens to be an outbreak of mass violence and riots. The news is gradually leaked by the radio station and gradually they discover that it is a virus that is spreading among the citizens in a most peculiar way.
I genuinely thought this film was fantastic. Yes, there are flaws and some of it is a tad ridiculous. But the concept behind the film is something new to me and one I found very interesting. A virus that is spread in this unique way sounded a bit naff at first, I have to admit. I thought it would be a very pretentious film. Something a bit crap pretending to be high-brow. But it was pulled off rather convincingly. I'm not professing the film to be 10/10 or that it was an incredibly thought-provoking art piece that should be held in the highest of regard, but in the context of the type of film it is, when you shove it into the category or zombie flicks or b-movies, it is a pretty high standard, intelligent film. And, one of my favourite things about this film, is that the acting was refreshingly great. You don't usually get this quality with films like this. I enjoyed it a lot.