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CARRIERS

 



Carriers
 

Actors: Christopher Pine, Piper Perabo, Lou Taylor Pucci, Emily VanCamp
Directors:
Alex Pastor, David Pastor
Format:
AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
Language:
English
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Number of discs:
1
Studio:
Paramount
DVD Release Date:
December 29, 2009
Run Time:
84 minutes
 

Movie:
 

Carriers is Zombieland ? but without the laughs or the zombies . . .

In this post-apocalyptic road movie an unstoppable virus has wiped out most of humanity and destroyed civilization. A group of friends ? two brothers and their girlfriends - are making their way to the coast.

Like the car full of survivors in Zombieland this bunch also lives by a set of rules. If you get infected, you are as good as dead and must get left behind. Don't come in close contact with those who are infected. And so on.

Obviously they break those rules - otherwise there wouldn't have been a movie of course - with such alarming alacrity that it is a wonder that any of them has survived this long!

Carriers was made as far back as 2007, but never got a theatrical or even a DVD release date before now. That it finally got both in 2009 has much to do with actor Chris Pine's appearance as Captain Kirk in J.J. Abrams' blockbuster re-imagining of Star Trek. Pine's character in Carriers is a bit of a jerk by the way. That's the problem with having survived the apocalypse: Hell is other people as the man said and you might still have to cope with jerks.

WORTH IT? There is nothing particularly new in Carriers. (One reviewer scathingly dubbed it ?28 Movies Later . . .?) Still, the whole post-apocalyptic scenario is still a compelling one for science fiction fans and it is a welcome respite from all those cheap straight-to-DVD blood spattered zombies have overrun the world. (There are no zombies in Carriers.) It is relatively gore-free and plays as more of a drama than an action or horror movie. (The movie  has a mild PG-13 rating in the States.)

Carriers however lacks any real punch and is cheerily sun-drenched and scenic throughout. It may be the end of mankind, but it sure is a nice day outside. Be sure to pack the sunblock!

RECOMMENDATION: Not a bad rental for a slow night. File under "okay, but could have been better."


 



 

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