So, if I paid attention to Metacritic (54) and IMDB (6.4), I'd have probably skipped this one. Instead, oh wise and powerful Netflix was all "We guess that you'll watch this and fucking love it more than you love your mother because what has she done for you lately? Exactly."
So what is it? Well, I'm going to say that it's probably not for everyone. It's basically a low budget zombie film making oh so clever commentary about Talk Radio, but you know what they do with their low budget zombie flick? They barely have zombies in the thing.
And it works.
The setup is that there's a radio station in a small town, and you never get in exact detail what Grant Mazzy's backstory is, but you get enough bits to figure it out - he's a shock jock of sorts, some Talk Radio guy who, maybe like Don Imus or something, probably said something on air he shouldn't have and got fired and took what might be the only job he could find - working the radio station of some small town in Ontario who's populace is far more interested in School Closings than there are in Mazzy's musings. So he's trying to figure out how his Take No Prisoners approach to radio can work in this setting while he's still learning everything.... like the fact that that it's an open joke that the radio station's "Air One" reporter is a guy in a station wagon who sits on a hill and looks at the town to give traffic reports.. only no one told him that until well into the job.
Anyway, some zombie outbreak style thing starts to happen and they start getting phonecalls describing the happenings, so outside of one scene later on, the entire zombie outbreak takes place pretty much off camera, and you only have telephone reports. The radio station itself is so out of the loop that when the BBC calls them to talk to the guy who broke the story, the BBC reporter gives them more information than they knew, and they pretty much can tell him nothing.
Basically - it looks to me like the writer realized they'd never have that great of a budget, so rather than doing the typical terrible looking zombies in a wide variety of low-budget locations with mid-range actors, they blew their cash wad on a handful of pretty well-cast people and one really neat location. Also, I like that it taking place in Pontypool (near the border of Quebec) is a plot point.
So if the whole "trapped in a building trying to figure out what's going on and no real "action" taking place, just lots of dramatic conversation" appeals to you, huzzah! If it doesn't then oh god are you going to be bored out of your mind.
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