In the apocalypse of words, the last thing you want to be is a radio DJ. The world collapses on an intimate scale in Pontypool
, a hyper-linguistic thriller that's expertly acted and refreshingly minimalist. Set in a small-town radio station, Pontypool
features three primary players: a producer, an engineer, and a DJ. Something is happening just outside the station, but it's not clear what. Telephone reports of people attacking others in mobs and speaking nonsense are flooding in, and a rogue French broadcast recommends avoiding terms of endearment due to fears of a vocal virus.
The narrative largely unfolds around Grant Mazzy (Stephen McHattie...