Larry Van Duynhoven, the film's prosthetics designer, commented: "As I said, [for] 'the Virals' we tried to use the Australian outback as our inspiration and it worked really well. We tried to keep some of the Viral stages dry like earth and we tried just to take a different tact. We didn't want to go over the top and that's evident when you see the film, because Ben and Yolanda [directors Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke] didn't want to do that, they wanted to keep it creepy in a different way, without going over the top. We tried to do something totally different and hopefully the fans like what they see." See more »
I'd heard very mixed things about Cargo, the one consistent thing said was that the film was sad.
Martin Freeman puts in arguably a career best performance in a zombie movie of all things! Telling the story of one mans quest to find a new home for his baby daughter before it's too late.
Now I'm a zombie movie lover but when it comes to "Alternative" zombie films I tend to be very disappointed in them. For example The Girl With All The Gifts (2016) and Maggie (2015) which were films I was really looking forward to but I felt let down by.
Cargo comes under the same category yet despite some glaring flaws it manages to overcome, is a truly enjoyable movie and an emotional rollercoaster of a ride.
An Australian Netflix movie it looks wonderful, goes for the realistic approach to a common (If overplayed) horror sub genre and tells a tour-de-force tale that Freeman knocks out of the park.
It has an odd number of flaws, head scratching moments and questionable pacing decisions that prevent it from truly being something special. But these things cannot take away from the fact that Cargo is a great film.
Excellent performance by Freeman
Some frustrating writing decisions
Things I Learnt From This Movie:
I'm not crying you're crying
When a movie makes me care about a kid, it's performed a miracle and deserves praise!
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