Netflix’s “zom-dram” Cargo – what’s essentially an Australian The Walking Dead spinoff – boasts far more inspiration from survival instincts over typical rotter squashing. No tactical military platoons, just a father and child fighting against outbreak paranoia. Supplies are scarce, native tribes echo ritualistic thinking and do I detect a hint of anti-fracking commentary? Man’s mutilation of Mother Nature pits industrial complexes against respect for cavernous and magnificent brushlands in this greed-poisoned flatlands march. An environmentally sound subgenre take that’s powered by 2018’s strongest horror theme: parental fears and intergenerational unrest.
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Martin Freeman had a quick cameo in Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead, but now he’s headlining his very own zombie movie. We’ve been writing about the Australian film Cargo for years, and this new trailer tells us when we’ll finally get to see Freeman brave a zombie apocalypse in an attempt to save his character’s infant daughter. Read More »
Posted on Saturday, September 24th, 2016 by Jack Giroux
Yolanda Ramke and Ben Howling‘s short film Cargo has close to 11 million views on youtube. The Australian filmmaking duo have now adapted their hit short into a feature film of the same name. Ramke and Howling’s father-daughter zombie drama stars Martin Freeman (Sherlock), playing a dad desperately trying to get his daughter to safety before the virus turns him.
Below, learn more about Cargo and get your Cargo first look.
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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?
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