After the world has been taken over by some type of Zombie outbreak, this film focuses on a man named Andy, who is located in Australia with his wife and toddler. Andy’s mission is to protect his daughter and find someone who will be willing to protect her.
To avoid any film spoilers, I’ll admit the plot description above is rather vague. I didn’t know a great deal about Cargo other than that the main actor was Martin Freeman (Sherlock TV series & The Hobbit), and being filmed within Australia. The less you know about Cargo, the more enjoyable it indeed will be.
Cargo, thankfully, isn’t just another zombie film, but more so a zombie film with a different aspect and angle to it which manages to make the movie feel fresh and new. Like shark films, I think the cinema world has been flooded with Zombie flicks.
To me, the fact this movie was filmed in Australia is just so cool as we see many beautiful shots thanks to our directors taking full advantage of the Australian landscape, rivers and bushlands. The filming and image quality here is also razor-sharp and crisp! It’s rather apparent that our directors have put some serious effort towards the film’s production budget, not to mention having a well-known actor for the lead actor. I was also left feeling somewhat positive about the sound stage and basic audio track that sneaks in within the film.
I enjoyed the film’s plot, but I will admit it does feel slightly slow to kick into action. Once the film’s intrigue and suspense is delivered, I found the film only got better and better as the duration progressed further. The film’s ending and the third act was easily the film’s best and most reliable point. So if you’re watching this film, be sure to stick with it even if you feel it’s cheesy or somewhat predictable during the setup.
Andy, played by Martin Freeman, is also a delight here. Andy manages to interact with a few people throughout the film, but carries the film’s memorable and heartfelt moments when he shares the screen with his onscreen daughter. Martin Freeman delivers a new character which can be enjoyed by many, providing plenty of heart on display.
Overall, Cargo is a great Australian film which manages to bring not just another Zombie, but a movie that introduces a new creative side to it, therefore making it fresh. Martin Freeman was a pure delight to see as he provided some serious depth to this new character which will move many audiences. Considering how many Australian films I’ve seen, this is seriously worth your effort.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden