#Film Review: Netflix’s Cargo (2018)

Director: Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke

Rating: 4/5

I was really worried when I saw the film from Australia, because I never saw anything light from that country. I was right to an extent, because the film is heavy. However, it is also very good and different, and I am glad I watched it.

This is also a story of zombies and the end of the world, but the story here is not about fighting zombies. Instead, this is a story of a desperate father (Martin Freeman), bitten by his beloved wife, who is trying to find someone to look after his daughter when he turns. In this film, there are kits floating in rivers with bracelets that have timers. The timer needs to be set to 48 hours, as this is how long it takes to turn to a zombie, and this timer then gives some time to people to organise their affairs and say goodbye to their loved ones.

The film is thus centred on a wild run of the desperate father in search of a right companion for his little daughter. We also get to know the culture of native Americans, and we get to see how they cope with the apocalypse. Funnily, all zombies that attack the natives are white and the natives are quite successful in combating them. Almost as if the story of the film is telling us that not much has changed since the early colonisation, except that natives are more effective this time. I am sure that colonisers looked terrifying to early natives and that they did not know how to combat more refined weaponry.

An interesting film, worth watching if you like films portraying the apocalypse and zombies. This film is surprisingly less gruesome than other zombie films, so those of you who like lots of blood will remain disappointed. The others may really like it.

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