‘Carriers’ Review: It Shouldn’t be a Beautiful Day.

Posted in The Screening Room by - March 05, 2015

So for our Disaster Movie Marathon, I chose my first written review to be over Carriers. It’s a movie made in 2009 co-starring a then relatively unknown Chris Pine. Released just after his first Star Trek movie, it fell to the wayside of movies most people know him for. We agreed, when making the list, that we would not include monsters, aliens, or animal swarms, and Carriers is not a zombie movie. It only has one instance of anything remotely like a zombie, and I would assume that the infected person in question was simply clinging to the last vestiges of life, since at no point does it try to eat the character sitting in front of it, and no other dead come back to life.

The film follows two brothers and their female companions as they road trip through infected America, trying to return to a beach motel they visited frequently as children. Along the way they encounter infected children, hazmat suited mill workers, and rabid dogs. Obviously their trip does not go smoothly, and the characters must figure out how to interact with the surviving members of mankind, frightened, worried, and paranoid. They must also decide on a course of action when their own rules are broken and one of their number is infected by the plague.

The acting in the film is of surprisingly high quality for a piece full of relatively small time talent. Chris Pine may be a supporting character, but his portrayal of Brian, the overly aggressive, cynical every man desperately trying to protect his brother is the star performance of the movie. The characters’ interactions with each other and the world around them are interesting, compelling, and often depressing. The writing is well done, the characters are well developed, and the cinematography is appealing without being extravagant. The sound track is simple, made up primarily of a few pirate radio stations being operated by unseen survivors. There are a rather surprising number of continuity errors in the film, but they deal primarily with the position and condition of a character’s clothing or oils spills on the highway disappearing from one shot to the next. They are hardly noticeable, and do little to take away from the overall quality of the film.

In the end, Carriers is an interesting take on the rather played out concept of contagious diseases ending mankind. The film has less action, and more simple interaction between desperate human beings, and this makes it far more interesting and entertaining than World War Z or Contagion. Carriers takes some excellent performances from some relatively unknown actors, pairs them with superior writing ability, and creates an engaging and emotional film that any movie goer who is looking for more than the big budget, family friendly films of today’s entertainment industry should take a look at.

Final Say: Watch it

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