Genre Guesstimation – Pontypool (2008)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Darren of Movie Reviews 101 and it is Zombie Films

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Try to think out of the box!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Zombie Films.

“Do we really want to provide a genocide with elevator music?’ – Grant Mazzy

Number of Times Seen – 1 (12 Oct 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A radio talk show host continues to broadcast as he learns that there is a possible zombie outbreak occurring in the small Ontario town outside.

My Take on it – I decided that in order to make my guest choices of the Genre for the Genre Grandeur series more personal (and expand my own personal horizons of these genres), I will take a recommendation from my guest for a film to watch for this Genre Guesstimation series.

This movie was Darren’s choice for me to watch.

I was quite curious when Darren suggested this film as to how it would play out as a Zombie movie and once things started moving, I liked the way things were moving because the premise and perspective of things feels quite unique for this kind of genre.

The problem is that it ultimately fails due to the lack of real scope and breadth while trying to make us care more about what is happening.

None of the characters are developed well enough which also makes us care even less about what will happen to them.

The story gets quite convoluted around the midway point once they start to try and explain what is truly going on because things make very little sense and it then loses much of its credibility along the way.

Stephen MacHattie is quite good in the lead but he feels too limited by the script which ultimately takes away too much from the impact of such a story.

Bottom Line – This film has a very interesting premise but it fails because it lacks the real scope and breadth of a story that can make us care about what happens.   It starts off quite well, but once they try and explain the whole idea of what is going on, it gets too convoluted for its own good and loses much of its credibility along the way. MacHattie is pretty good in the lead role, but he feels too limited by the script which takes away from any real impact that this film could have.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – “Pontypool” was produced as both a motion picture, and as a radio play. Both versions of “Pontypool” were influenced by Orson Welles’ infamous radio production of “The War of the Worlds.” The radio play was broadcast on the BBC’s Art & Culture section of their World Service website. It is approximately 58 minutes long, as opposed to the film’s running time of 95 minutes. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not really. Interesting premise, but it feels way too limited in scope to be effective enough.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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