Monday, December 19, 2011

Pontypool movie is better heard than seen.


Cast: Stephen McHattie, Lisa Houle

Writer: Tony Burgess

Director: Bruce McDonald.

**'s out of four.

Streaming on Netflix

While watching this movie I started thinking that this would have worked better as an audio drama.  Mainly because the whole story takes place at a radio station and most of the action is being described by the characters.  Even right from the start you can close your eyes and listen to the introduction that is spoken, and than hear someone drive their car in the snow.  It's not something that you need to see and it would have been an interesting approach to this kind of story

The story involves a Radio DJ Grant Mazzy(Stephen McHattie) who stumbles upon a zombie outbreak that is caused by certain words.  It seems that in this world certain words can affect your brain and turn you into a canabilistic machine.   Mazzy and his producers Sydney Briar( Lisa Houle) and Laurel-Ann Drummond (Georgina Reilly) must find a way to stop it before they become infected themselves.

If your looking for a movie with some suspense I recommend watching it with your eyes closed because your imagination is better than what the filmmakers show you.  The performances from it's main cast is good and there are some intense moments but it was better listening rather than watching.   I appreciated the visual style of Director Bruce McDonald's "The Tracy Fragments" even though I did not like the story.  "Pontypool" on the other hand is a decent enough story that I could get behind if they adapted it as an actual radio drama,.  This had the potential to be a "War of The Worlds" of a new generation.


  1. This was released as an audio drama with the same cast by the BBC.