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Cargo

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Australia

2017

1h 45m

Director Ben Howling, Yolanda Ramke

Starring Martin Freeman, Simone Landers, Anthony Hayes, Susie Porter

Genre Adventure, Drama, Horror, Thriller

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After being infected in the wake of a violent pandemic and with only 48 hours to live, a father (Martin Freeman) struggles to find a new home for his infant daughter. A zombie film that rises above the cliches of the genre and echoes the bleakness, soul, and paternal devotion of Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road.”

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80

The Guardian by

Nevertheless Cargo is a very strong, at times stirring achievement: a zombie film with soul and pathos.
75

Entertainment Weekly by Clark Collis

The Australian setting brings a fresh, and epic, quality to this now done-to-death genre, and the directors introduce a few nice new kinks to the zombie mythology, notably a desire on the part of the undead to literally — and hauntingly — bury their heads in the sand. But the real treat is Freeman.
91

IndieWire by Jamie Righetti

From Romero’s original zombie series to the films it inspired, this type of horror succeeds when it laces its scares with biting social commentary, and “Cargo” utilizes this formula to great success.
50

Slant Magazine by Josh Wise

Cargo makes the mistake of benching its menace, banishing the undead to blurred shots on the horizon, while doggedly pursuing its theme.
70

Variety by Nick Schager

Radiating not only paternal devotion but also a blunt matter-of-factness that amplifies as his situation becomes more dire, Freeman’s empathetic turn makes Andy an endearing center of attention, and the film — even for those who’ve seen its source material — a heartfelt entry in the overstuffed genre.
70

Los Angeles Times by Noel Murray

Co-directors Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke (the latter of whom wrote the screenplay) sacrifice some tension with their more character-based approach, but the cumulative effect is emotionally powerful.
80

Screen International by Sarah Ward

If human resilience remains paramount in zombie films, Cargo goes a step further; here, recognising and redressing the divisive mistakes of the past is more important than merely surviving.
74

The Verge by Tasha Robinson

Given how many zombie stories are basically elaborate wish-fulfillment video games, about blowing away targets, hoarding supplies, and finding a safe spot, Cargo’s quiet acknowledgement that suicide might be a kind option for the infected feels revelatory and even dangerous.

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