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Carriers

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  • 2 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars
Consistent in its themes but uneven as a drama, this post-pandemic road movie follows a quartet of twentysomething survivors as they drive across the desert en route to a virus-free Mexican beach where two of them – macho hard-case Brian (Chris Pine from JJ Abrams’s ‘Star Trek’) and his sensitive, educated brother Danny (Lou Taylor Pucci) – spent some idyllic childhood days. Together with Brian’s feisty girlfriend Bobby (Piper Perabo) and Danny’s shy high-school friend Kate (Emily VanCamp), the antagonistic brothers drive through a parched, harshly lit landscape populated by the diseased and the desperate: a father and his infected daughter, a despairing children’s doctor, a pair of gun-toting Christian women, vigilante rapists in anti-contamination suits.

Emphasising character conflict over generic horror, Spanish brothers Álex and David Pastor nevertheless employ some over-familiar scenarios. Armed with guns, bleach, rubber gloves and face-masks, the foursome struggle to keep the viral and human threats at bay, as familial ties and friendships are eroded by harsh life-or-death decisions. Sadly, this thoughtful, low-key exploration of our darker survival instincts is too conventional and unfocused to fully engage our emotions.
Written by Nigel Floyd

Release Details

  • Rated:15
  • Release date:Friday 11 December 2009
  • Duration:84 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Álex Pastor, David Pastor
  • Cast:
    • Lou Taylor Pucci
    • Chris Pine
    • Piper Perabo
    • Emily VanCamp
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