Originally Posted by GoCaboNow
I liked the DJ guy - especially at the beginning when he was kind of a mess. Seemed like the more things went to hell the more lucid he became. Intersting story and well done. A little frustrating for me watching it as I was sick of them being in the radio station. I know that was the whole point of the movie but I wanted to get out and see what was going on rather than just hearing about it. Some of the phone in accounts where pretty cool though, like the kid in the barn.
I think part of that was probably just budget. But while I also had the strong desire to see what was really going on, I thought part of the film that was interesting too was not really knowing what was actually happening. Because language was breaking down, it was never really clear who was infected and who was not, whether what they were hearing was true or just gibberish. By not showing us explicitly, we were left just as befuddled and relying entirely on word-of-mouth to figure out what was going on outside the narrow confines of the studio. And of course that leaves us in an unsure situation because we can't trust what is being said.
And by the same token, we are left not really knowing whether they were causing the disease to spread (or maybe creating it), or helping to reverse it. Many things are left unclear. Remember that even very early on in the movie, Massey the radio guy says some nonsensical things.
So that near-total isolation leaves everyone at the station entirely
dependent on reports coming in via language, nothing at all visually or allowing us to see for ourselves, which makes learning what is going on actually more
dangerous than not knowing because it hinges on the disease itself. The more they hear from the outside what is going on, the more they are exposed to the language that threatens to kill them. They're stuck in a catch-22. I thought that was interesting.