Movie Review: Carriers (2009)

Synopsis: A pair of brothers and their female companions are traveling to a deserted beach resort in an effort to wait out a viral plague that has wiped out most of humanity. When they have car problems, they agree to travel with a stranger named Frank, who is trying to get his infected daughter to a hospital. The partnership quickly leads to tension as hard decisions need to be made.

Who's in it? The movie stars Chris Pine, Lou Taylor Pucci, Piper Perabo, Emily VanCamp and Christopher Meloni.

Review: I came across this movie on Netflix a couple weeks ago and, quite honestly, wasn't really all that interested in watching it. I recognized Chris Pine and Piper Perabo but the description reminded me a bit too much of the low-budget zombie movies we've been disappointed by in the past.

However, I was in the mood for a movie last night and, not finding anything that both looked interesting and fit in the allotted amount of time we had to watch it, decided to give this film a try. As it turns out, it was better than I was expecting it to be but, at the same time, my overall opinion is still a bit mixed.

I think the best way to describe this movie is it is a zombie film without the zombies and that ends up being both a good thing and a bad thing.

On the positive side, a fatal virus that can spread either through the air or physical contact was something that did help keep build the film's tension. It was hard to tell just how much interaction was actually needed to spread the disease and, since none of the companions seemed to be particularly fond of each other, it was very possible they would hide the fact they were infected even at the risk of the others.

I think the lack of the walking dead also allowed the film to focus a little more on the realistic and darker side of a massive outbreak. The scene that really stood out in my head was when they were driving through a deserted town and passed a garbage truck stuffed full of dead bodies. Seeing a scene like that really made me understand just how the older brother, Brian (Pine) could be so emotionless when it came to decisions about whether to help someone or leave them to die.

On the flip side of this, however, is the fact the movie did manage to get a bit dull at times, especially toward the end of the movie, when it also became a little bit predictable. As a result, while I was glad, for the most part, the film didn't include zombies, there were also times when I kind of wished they would stumble across one just to break up a little bit of the monotony.

Final Opinion: I probably would have liked it a little bit more had their been a bit more action or even a surprise twist involving Frank (Meloni) at the end. However, while I wouldn't score it above average, I do think it is a good option if you're bored and are looking for something to watch on Netflix.

My Grade: C


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