Cargo (2017)

  • Director: Yolanda Ramke and Ben Howlingcargo
  • Writer: Yolanda Ramke
  • Main Cast: Martin Freeman, Simone Landers, Anthony Hayes

‘Time is there. Every second. And we are going to make it count.’

In the aftermath of a viral outbreak (the word ‘zombie’ isn’t actually mentioned in the film), a father goes searching in the Australian outbreak for someone who can help him and his baby daughter when he becomes infected, and has 48 hours before the virus takes hold.

View the trailer here

A beautifully shot, extremely heartfelt film. The outback setting is an interesting one for a zombie movie – so often a claustrophobic genre, the vastness of the scenery sets a rather different tone to your typical Z-flick.

I must admit that I have quite a ‘thing’ for Martin Freeman, so a Zombie film starring him was always going to be a must-watch for me. I’m loving his recent forays into horror, with this and Ghost Stories. Now, my bias aside, he really is very good in this. There’s a subtlety to his performance, and his interactions with the rest of the cast (particularly with Simone Landers) feel natural and poignant. Even though I was already a fan, I was impressed!

There’s intertwining messages about family, hope, tradition, the environment and aboriginal culture that make for a rich story, even though the central premise is quite straightforward. The ending is emotional, heart-wrenching but hopeful, and true to the essence of the film. Brilliant work from these directors, particularly considering it’s their first feature.

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