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Stranded in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, a man sets in motion an unlikely plan to protect his infant daughter.

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Yolanda Ramke
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Cast

Cast overview:
Andy Rodoreda Andy Rodoreda ... Father
Alison Gallagher Alison Gallagher ... Mother
Ruth Venn Ruth Venn ... Baby
Yolanda Ramke ... Survivor
Kallan Richards Kallan Richards ... Survivor
Effron Heather Effron Heather ... Survivor
Scott Wood Scott Wood ... Sniper
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Surrounded by the hordes of the undead amidst an unimaginable Zombie Armageddon, a desperate young father sets off in search of survivors. But he is not alone. With his baby daughter in a backpack carrier, the man will do everything in his power to protect his invaluable cargo. Everything, for the sake of one life. Written by Nick Riganas

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The Most Precious of All

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Short | Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

Australia

Release Date:

23 May 2014 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

New South Wales, Australia

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2.35 : 1
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It was this visceral, evocative and emotionally charged image of a zombie carrying a baby on its back that resulted in this seven minute short film striking a chord with its audience at the Tropfest Short Film Festival. See more »

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Referenced in Cargo: Behind the Scenes (2018) See more »

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A few minor issues but otherwise a moving and engaging little scene
1 March 2014 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

A father comes to in his car, strapped into the seat next to him his wife has become infected but in the back seat his baby daughter is fine. With a zone nearby known to be safe from infection, the father sets out to ensure safety for his baby girl no matter what the cost.

As Theo has already said, the zombie horror genre is a pretty regular one in the genre of short films and, although I personally get scared quite easily by them, it is a genre that can easily feel tired and overused. It is to Cargo's credit then, that it creates something that works really well and doesn't rely on the usual jump scares or clichés of the genre. Here our setting is a zombie apocalypse but really the film is about love of a father for his child and this aspect is what keeps the interest and ultimately moves. The simple idea is delivered without any dialogue but yet the determination and the fact that the father never thinks of himself is really nicely shown.

If I had a complaint it would be that the music is a bit too obviously tragic and the final shots of sitting on the hill with the baby is a little corny, but the concept delivers the feels even if the specifics such as these are not what I would have liked. The genre is used to deliver something more than the norm and it is moving and memorable for what it does.


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