HOME |  JOIN |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
All the Money in the World
Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, The
Black Panther
Children's Hour, The
Mayhem
Sphere
Guyver, The
Night School
Loveless
Ragtime
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
Murders in the Rue Morgue
Wound, The
Scalawag
Let's Get Harry
Girl with Green Eyes
Sunchaser, The
Tom Jones
Downsizing
Defiant Ones, The
Centerfold Girls, The
Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, The
120 BPM (Beats Per Minute)
Police Academy 3: Back in Training
Safe Place, A
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
Cargo
Entertainer, The
Wing Commander
Look Back in Anger
   
 
Newest Articles
A Yen for the 1990s: Iron Monkey and Satan Returns
Hey, Punk: Jubilee and Rock 'n' Roll High School
Help! with The Knack: Richard Lester in 1965
Roll Up, Get Yer Free Cinema: The Shorts on the BFI Woodfall Blu-rays
Time for Heroes: The Dam Busters and How I Won the War
Hell is a City: Midnight Cowboy and Taxi Driver
Boris Goes Bonkers, Bela Goes Bats: The Old Dark House and Mark of the Vampire
Charles Bronson's Mid-70s: Breakheart Pass and Others
Kids in America: The Breakfast Club vs Metropolitan
80s Dance-Off: Staying Alive vs Murder-Rock vs Breakin'
The Cinematic Darkside of Donald Crowhurst
Dutch Courage: The Flodder Series
Coming of Age: Boys on Film 18 - Heroes on DVD
Country and Irish - The secret history of Irish pop culture
Wash All This Scum Off the Streets: Vigilante Movies
   
 
  Carriers Last Chance HotelBuy this film here.
Year: 2009
Director: David Pastor, Àlex Pastor
Stars: Lou Taylor Pucci, Chris Pine, Piper Perabo, Emily VanCamp, Christopher Meloni, Kiernan Shipka, Ron McClary, Mark Moses, Josh Berry, Tim Janis, Dave Malley, Dylan Kenin, LeAnne Lynch, Jan Cunningham, Mary Peterson
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction
Rating:  6 (from 1 vote)
Review: A cataclysm has struck Planet Earth, where most of its population has been wiped out by a deadly disease, leaving the final few survivors to roam the landscape hoping to find food, fuel, and above all that they do not succumb. Across the barren Texan landscape drives a car, and inside are two brothers, Danny (Lou Taylor Pucci) and Brian Green (Chris Pine), who have Brian's girlfriend Bobby (Piper Perabo) and her friend Kate (Emily VanCamp) accompanying them. With nothing better to do, they are heading to a location on the coast, where the siblings spent their childhood vacations...

Yet another film apparently designed to raise the sales of anti-bacterial handwash, Carriers was the brainchild of two Spanish brothers, David Pastor and Àlex Pastor, perhaps drawing on their relationship to depict the one between Danny and Brian here, though presumably they actually looked like brothers and not two actors playing them who were in no way related, as was the case on the screen. It was post-apocalypse time again, and thanks to some well-chosen locations out in the middle of nowhere they worked up a a neat atmosphere of desolation and some moodily stark imagery for the now-underpopulated world.

Of course, if you insist on making your film in the vast spaces between anywhere in particular then those areas are going to do a lot of the work for you in terms of concocting that lonely tone, but where this genre often preferred to go the empty city route, at least for part of their narratives, it was refreshing to see a movie which never even countenanced the idea of getting urban with their Armageddon, though obviously that also would have kept the budget down. A road movie essentially, Carriers took its small cast and picked them off one by one, though once you had the measure of it the story looked more like its own first chapter, that in spite of no sequel being forthcoming.

If anything, there could have been more depth to what we saw other than the expected soap opera theatrics, not that the film wasn't involving, it's just that it played out much as you'd expect once the premise had been established, no matter how far it went in trying to make us feel sadfaced for the massive loss the human race has suffered. Part of that in the opening half was with the father and young daughter the foursome meet on the highway, the latter having contracted the disease so not long for this world unless her dad is right and nearby there is a serum being used which could offer them all hope. But our heroes have rules about other people, and even accepting two more of them into their journey is problematic.

The bleak joke being when they begin to get infected themselves, or it could have been more a dejected irony. Later on, they encounter some military men who are all decked out in the finest anti-virus suits and masks (the masks the four wanderers sport don't look anywhere near effective enough for their purpose), which also introduces a tentative note of horror fiction to the sci-fi. Reddened corpses popping up where you least expect them, and the way that some are still alive so technically not corpses at all, contribute to the unavoidable macabre of being some of the last humans left alive, but it never really goes too far with that other than for a touch of suspense when it looks as if they will either be infected or fall victim to violent survivors (or in one case, a ravenous pet dog feasting on its dead owner). Acting was serviceable, but you rarely had the impression anyone was being pushed much by the material; nevertheless, it summed up a pointlessness to existing in such devastation quite well. Music by Peter Nashel.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 900 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which film has the best theme song?
Spectre
The Ups and Downs of a Handyman
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Enoch Sneed
Paul Smith
  Jamie Nichols
Andrew Pragasam
George White
Darren Jones
  Butch Elliot
   

 

Last Updated: