Dir: Ben Howling , Yolanda Ramke
A good hearted family man struggles against impossible odds to keep his family safe during a deadly viral outbreak. The Australian outback is rocked with a parasitic infection which eventually turns it's victims into mindless shambling houses of contagion. These slow moving, hard to kill zombie-like beings are scattered through the countryside. Now Andy and his family are trapped in nation wide game of cat and mouse, as they fight to find salvation amongst dangerous raiders, hostile aboriginals, and infected hosts of the plague. Andy is the obly hope for his family's salvation, but does he have the will power, and resolve to make the perilous journey they desperately need?
Horror films have become surprisingly mainstream as of late, and the zombie film subgenre is no small contributor to that sudden change. With a glut of films surrounding similar events, and rehashed storylines one would imagine it must be difficult for filmmakers to put a unique spin on it. "Cargo" does just this, by subtracting the focus on gory violence and instead focusing on the mental, and spiritual tolls, these events would have on those involved. The acting by everyone concerned is top notch, and Martin Freeman really shifts the focus from horror to a well crafted drama. If viewers are looking for purely gore soaked zombie mayhem, they best look elsewhere. This is a story of human survival and preserverance in the face of extreme circumstances. The filmmakers make full use of the Australian outback in both its harshness, and its stunning beauty. It is a zombie film with a level of heart and humanity audiences are sure to find shockingly relatable. The films directors did this script incredible justice.
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