Cargo (2017)

Cargo (2017)

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Catalogue no: DAVID3886

Media: DVD

Classification: MA15+

Category: Film, Sale

Genre: Horror

Barcode: 9344256017759

No of Discs: 1

Language: English

Year: 2017

Release Date: 05-09-2018

Availability: In stock

In a desperate bid to outrun a violent pandemic, Andy and Kay have holed up on a houseboat with their one-year-old daughter, Rosie. When the
In a desperate bid to outrun a violent pandemic, Andy and Kay have holed up on a houseboat with their one-year-old daughter, Rosie. When their peaceful river existence is shattered by a violent attack, Andy takes his family ashore to seek help for his badly injured wife. But this decision ends in tragedy when Kay meets a grisly demise and Andy is not only infected himself but left with only 48 hours to find a new guardian for their child, before he transforms into one of the creatures they have fought so long to evade. As Andy travels further inland, it becomes apparent that Rosie's best chance of survival may be with a flourishing Aboriginal community. But their merciless attitude toward the afflicted also poses a grave threat. Andy's fate soon becomes entwined with that of a young Indigenous girl, Thoomi, who could be his safe passage into this community. But unfortunately, the girl has no desire to return to her people--she is on a quest to cure her own infected father by returning his stolen soul. Each in their own way, Andy and Thoomi are both seeking salvation...but they will need to work together if they truly hope to achieve it.

Additional Information

Actors Martin Freeman, David Gulpilil, Susie Porter, Anthony Hayes
Director Yolanda Ramke, Ben Howling
Producer Russell Ackerman
Runtime 105

Digitales Reviews

Cargo Review by Digitales Film Club
In general, did people enjoy this film?

Most of us felt underwhelmed by Cargo. We were left wanting more – More zombies, more emotion, more tension, more drama… Having been adapted from a short, it seems that the filmmakers didn’t quite have enough to flesh out a feature length film, and it shows. The characters are stock-standard and underdeveloped, the themes are left unexplored and the landscape is underutilised. It is somewhat of a let down, especially considering the potential that both the Australian landscape and history can offer to a concept like this. While the film is certainly watchable, and there are some good performances, it just doesn’t stand out from the crowd in either the Australian or Horror film genres.

What did they like / not like about it?

While it gets off to a good start, Cargo gets bogged down in the main character’s struggle to survive, without ever really following through with any of the themes it sets up. While decidedly not a fun zombie flick, the only thing Cargo really commits to is its heavy drama-thriller tone, which made for an ultimately exhausting experience with little reward. Technically well-made, and features a fantastic (and too small) performance from Caren Pistorius – a standout amidst some spotty acting. - Liam

I thought it was quite a straight forward premise and ticked a bunch of boxes. The stunning scenery of South Australia was a joy to watch and a cameo by David Gulpilil is always welcomed. - Lukas

This film almost frustrated me. I don’t feel as though it went far enough in any direction. There wasn’t quite enough zombie to fulfill the horror genre, and there wasn’t quite enough heart or drama to go the other way. I think a zombie film can usually do with a bit more tension than what Cargo is serving up. The Australian perspective is an interesting take though and I would’ve liked to have seen a bit more of it. – Mali

Keywords used to describe this movie:

Predictable. Lackluster. Zombie. Australian. Drama. Thriller. Post-apocalyptic. Underdeveloped. Struggle. Picturesque. Dirty.

Would people recommend it to a friend?

Perhaps if they were familiar with the short, or were a fan of Australian cinema. (Posted on 19/09/2018)