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Pontypool surprisingly refreshing
In a day and age where the horror and suspense genres are polluted by gratuitous violence and gore, Pontypool is a breath of fresh air.
Pontypool, a small town located in Ontario, falls victim to a virus for which environmental stimuli are not the trigger; words are. Those affected are compelled to kill others and, in general, the infection described is zombie-like in nature. The gore and carnage, however, take place predominately offscreen. What viewers are left with is a detachment from the situation from the security of a radio station. Stories roll in, reports from other media outlets and correspondents outside of the station, and those viewing the movie are left eager for more information, empathizing with the protagonists left in the station, who are unsure whether or not the whole story is a hoax.
Phenomenal performances are the highlight of this character driven piece, and viewers are left on the edge of their seats, waiting for the very poignant conclusion.