This movie is awesome. I simply lack the vocabulary to properly convey a description which could bring justice to this film and what they are trying to portray.
Apart from Moon (2009) or
Mr. Nobody (2009), which would be better movies cinematically,
this movie is probably the best movie in a decade - if you know why. I risk alienating most people by posting this summary, even people that understand what is happening will not be able to grasp
this, but nonetheless I will make an effort because it's simply too great.
For a cross reference also see The Signal (2007)
which is similar in its premise. The Signal (2007) is showing us the optical & feelings/emotions angle, where this movie is about acoustics/vocals & mental patterns. From a BioAPI perspective they are the same movie.
The only practical way to ultimately understand this movie is with a set of examples while cross referencing the examples with a segment from one or more of the clips to the right.
Yes, it is a zombie movie, try not to let that discount its significance.
The premise of the movie is during an average day in a small Canadian town people for some reason turn into zombies and start
doing strange things. A virus that is spread by words is to blame. Sounds ridiculous? It would be, if it wasn't completely possible.
This movie is a cross between a high level proof of concept and a clear and real demonstration of the sampling of thought patterns (as event triggers);
and/or in the alternative is a reference to acoustical triggers (being passed off as a virus).
You must understand that people's thoughts are nothing more than a basic electromagnetic waveform. Specific neurons within the cranium light up to create a given thought. Not rocket science.
Here's how simple it really is,
this guy can control a toy car with his thought. This has nothing to do with the BioAPI or nano-implants, it's just basic electromagnetic inductance.
You could do this right now if you wanted. So ultimately your thought's waveform (or more accurately which neuron's turn on) can be sampled, just like a DJ samples
his favorite track or song and saves the sample in MP3 format for later playing. This is what Pontypool is conveying. Your thoughts can be read, sampled, and an action taken when you simply think something.
(Update 2012-11-18: see the second clip for Meeting Evil (2012) here for an example
of reading someones thoughts in which constitutes a pre-crime).
The movie also demonstrates the idea of acoustics (words, sounds, etc.) as triggers which can trip/execute an event within your BioAPI and have you do or think something you would not otherwise do.
This is all real and being done to people including myself (it's usually connected with physical pain and is annoying at best).
This is referenced in clip 1 from 2:04 on. Notice the message they receive... avoid 'all terms of endearment'; and avoid the 'English language'. Because a term of endearment
is an example of a thought pattern, in this case of affection and love. Which can be sampled and used to trigger other events once you think them. It's just an example, but that is what they are saying.
(Note the extreme sound(s) @ 1:40 are just how they communicate in the movie because they can't use English words)
The BioAPI can make you do anything a handler or computer wants you too. For example in clip 1 @ 0:37 she says people are imitating windshield wipers, or clip 2 @ 2:20 - 'why are they carrying dead cat pictures?'. Again, suspend someone's memory and simply mind
control them (just think for them) to do whatever is required. Make them act as zombies to boot if you want. I mean do it, right now - get up from your chair and act like a
zombie, that's it; now just imagine the thought pattern instructing your body to do x, y or z is simply not your thought(s).
Another demonstration of what is possible is at @ 3:30 thru 3:52 (clip 2) where zombies start repeating
what she said. How? Record/sample speech or thoughts from one person, and then play/push them back in/to another.
To clarify some more - a person (as in you) could hear or think the words 'apple juice' and the BioAPI could give you a thought 'orange juice' instead, doing this on a large scale would boost orange juice sales (see
Gamer where Hall says '100 million people will buy what I want them to buy and vote how I want them to vote...' @ 1:55 in the clip). Or immediately execute a
sub-routine which suspends the person's memory and makes them act like zombies. There is no technical difference. It's real. You're programmable, just like your computer. That is what this movie is about.
I put the black and white narrative (@ 4:18 to the end of clip 2) in there just because I like it. Everything you see in its individual capacity is real; nano-technology is unstoppable.
This narrative could not be more uncanny and is held in the same capacity as
The Happening (2008).
In clip 3 they reference some specifics as to what they are trying to do, including the fact that they want to keep you scared (@ 0:20 and @ 0:26) and simply want you to
essentially die (@ 1:36). If you ever get phase 2 and become
you will eventually understand this.
This is the highest level application of the BioAPI and encompasses several advanced aspects including memory suspension (which allows people to act like zombies because they
do not know they are acting that way),
direct-to-speech, direct-to-motor-control, the sampling of thoughts and acoustics (such as words) as triggers; as well as what they are trying to do to people in general.
The point being, this movie is real, you just need to know how. Notice the end of clip 3, from 2:12 on, the writer of Pontypool Tony Burgess (full interview here). He seriously tells you right to your face, 'the
zombies are in the mirror' because the disconnect between what is happening and what is generally known by the public is so staggeringly large there is no other valid description. You are the zombie.
The movie does have a more basic metaphor being that the English language has been bastardized beyond repair. For example the legal system, or mainstream media's Orwellian double speak.
You need to look beyond this, focus and think in order to see what it's really saying. If you watch the movie try not to focus on the zombies, they are just a tool for
demonstrating what is happening. I'll try to improve on this description in the future, it's difficult because it's such a high level movie.
That's it. I've done my best to do your thinking for you. You have now found the best clip on the best web site from the best movie ever. Hopefully you now know why.