(15) Running time: 84 minutes
Directors: David Pastor, Alex Pastor
Writers: David Pastor, Alex Pastor
Starring: Chris Pine, Piper Perabo, Lou Taylor Pucci, Emily VanCamp
Reviewed by: Matt Wavish, official HCF critic
Carriers- I read a really bad review in the News of the World for this, however, i actually quite liked it. It is NOT a Zombie horror, as I think it’s being marketed, it’s more of a survival film. 2 brothers and their girlfriends are travelling the back roads across America to find their beloved beach resort from their teens and early years. The world seems to have been hit by a virus, a plague that’s spread through touch, blood, or even something as simple as breathing the same air as the infected. There is no explanation as to where it came from, and no real conclusion, which i found to be quite refreshing. Its a tale of 4 survivors trying to deal with it the best they can.
They do meet the odd person, a guy with his infected daughter needing gas, a doctor and his child “patients”, some what seem to be military, or scientists in full virus gear, oh, and one or two “zombies”. Its a study on what we all do to survive, and its also a reflection on relationships, i found myself thinking a few times “what if that was me and the wife, what would i have done”. To get me thinking like that, then the film clearly had an impact, which is good. Its short (84 mins) so doesn’t waste too much time and keeps moving at a fairly steady pace. I imagine there will be a lot who hate this film, but i actually enjoyed it, for what it is. The cast all do a good job too.
Don’t go into this expecting the next Zombieland, or even Outbreak, its a lonely film, with not an awful lot going on, but if you get on with the characters and understand their predicament, you may just be pleasantly surprised.