Cargo (2017) is based on the short film of the same name, which blew me away when I first viewed it upon its release. The second I saw a feature-length film was being developed off of the short I was excited and nervous at the same time. So little backstory is known from our characters in the short that I was worried about where the film would go. When I discovered the directors of the short would be reprising their roles as well, I was elated to see how they would elaborate.
This film takes its time to build tension and introduce different characters and their various ways of surviving the zombie outbreak. The contrast between the lengths humans go through to survive is both telling and frightful in itself. This film hits on the old cliche that “the monsters within us are nothing compared to the walking dead”, but it doesn’t feel overly forced.
This is a fresh addition to the zombie genre and filled with brains. The writing is sharp and the acting on point. This is not a run-n-gun zombie flick, but a cerebral slow-burn of possibilities and film-making execution.
Currently available on Netflix (as of 7/3/2018)
Cargo – 7/10