Just what we need on a June evening; a zombie movie almost as depressing as pouring your last glass of wine over the carpet. Yes, CARRIERS is a film that almost gives ‘I Zombie: A Chronicle Of Pain’ a run for its money in the pure misery stakes, yet still manages to be surprisingly enjoyable.
Cue throaty voiceover man:
“In a post-apocalyptic world where death is rife, yet the dead aren’t actually dead, they’re just sitting around… a bit infected looking…. kind of gross really…. um, yes”
So perhaps voiceovers aren’t really a strongpoint, but anyway it gets the point across. This movie follows a pair of brothers and their respective girlfriends as they drive across America using up whatever fuel is still left in whatever vehicle they can get their hands on.
They are travelling to a beach somewhere.
En route they meet various people; some of whom they are… shall we say ‘unpleasant’ to, while others are unpleasant to them. How they deal with these last remaining stragglers of the human race is what this film is all about. There are people who have something they want, and there are others who want what this group themselves have. Perhaps those things are fuel, perhaps transport or possibly it’s a bitchin’ country house with a massive golf course to mess around on.
When the whole world has gone to pot it’s only understandable that the last few people go a little bit mental themselves, and whether a film about a group of people who can just about tolerate each-other while being thoroughly unpleasant in general is something worth watching is probably a subjective question, but for those interested in the more important aspects of the movie: there are no norks, and the gore is pretty sparse (albeit pretty effective and gross when it does arrive).
Gore Score C
Norks Score F
Originality Score C
Overall Score C+