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Cargo (2006)

R  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Thriller  |  10 March 2006 (Spain)
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A young backpacker gets into some trouble in Africa and stows away on a cargo ship heading to Europe.



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A young backpacker gets into some trouble in Africa and stows away on a cargo ship heading to Europe.

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The secret will never leave the ship

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Rated R for brief nude images | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

10 March 2006 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Rejtélyes szállítmány  »

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Intense, well paced, and well directed
20 September 2006 | by (Pennsylvania, USA) – See all my reviews

Daniel Brühl stars as Chris, a plucky German traveler in Africa who stands up to pretty much everyone. In trouble with the local law and having lost his passport, he stows away on a cargo ship headed for Spain. Peter Mullan is brilliantly cast as the captain, Brookes, whose throaty drawl and demeanor are perfectly cast as a captain.

Once Chris is exposed as a stowaway on the ship, he becomes a part of the crew, but slowly starts to realize that the law and morality have no meaning on the high seas.

The film is moody, well shot, and the acting is exceptional. While many scenes are high intensity and very suspenseful, there is no excessive gore or any "boo" horror therein. The mood and the unanswered (and answered) questions leave the viewer questioning reality and what severe isolation must do to a crew of men such as these.

Daniel Bruhl is perfectly cast as Chris; his charisma turns on and off at will, and he transforms his character from complacent to annoyed in a second.

Peter Mullan accompanies Bruhl with his stolid, cryptic, and persistent mood, yet comes across as a character you have to like because he demands to be in charge.

For a moody, tense thriller with an intelligent back story, see this movie.

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