Friday, 26 November 2010

Film Review: CARRIERS (2009)

Writers/Directors: Àlex Pastor & David Pastor
Running time: 82 mins (approx)
Certification (UK): 15

UK release date: 11th December 2009

Watched on Sky+ Friday 26th November 2010.


I seem to be finding a lot of movies about the darker side of life at the moment, and this is no exception. Four young people are travelling across America to get to a costal resort. Unfortunately the rest of the world is either dead or infected with a deadly virus. Sound interesting? Well, I’ll tell you what I think after a short summary (summary haters please try to avoid infection while I write the next paragraph).

There are four simple rules: 1. Avoid populated areas at all costs. 2. If you come in contact with other people, assume they have it. 3. The virus can survive on surfaces up to 24 hours so never touch anything that is not disinfected. 4. The sick are already dead and they cannot be saved. Easy enough? Well maybe, but brothers Danny and Brian Green and their companions, Bobby, Brian’s girlfriend, and Kate seem to have problems sticking to the rules. They come across a man, Frank Holloway, and his daughter, Jodie, on the road and initially leave them, but then wreck their car and go back to steal theirs. Although the girl is infected they allow them to come along as far as a clinic Frank had heard about that might have a cure. Of the group, the one most against breaking the rules is Brian, but the others, particularly Bobby seem to persuade him otherwise. Of course things go wrong and over the course of their journey two of the group end up infected and are either forced to leave or end up dead. Which two survive? Well, I’d class that as a major spoiler, so I won’t say.

This is more of a tense drama than anything else, and as such works quite well. There are a couple of problems with it, which I’ll go into later, but as far as production goes, no problems in that department, but nothing new either. As far as performances go, Chris Pine as Brian and Lou Taylor Pucci as Danny were fine, as were Piper Perabo as Bobby and Emily VanCamp as Kate.

The main problem I have with this film is the character Brian is such an asshole that I found it very hard to sympathise with him. Also, although there were things that I liked, the typical horror movie stupidity still reigns. Investigating noises in the dark, stopping to help bad guys when you know they will try to kill you…etc. But it’s not all bad; there are points where the logical action was carried out, which I applaud. Over all, it’s not great, but it is watchable, if you can get past the Brian character being a total asshole. (Only just) recommended.

My score: 5.8/10

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