The first film released in the aftermath of Chris Pine shooting to fame in last summer’s Star Trek
was actually already in the can before Pine donned his Starfleet uniform, and it arguably took the profile of the sci-fi smash hit to ensure it got a full release. It’s a good job it did, though, for whilst Carriers
is a movie with problems, it nonetheless packs a good deal into its 80 minute running time.
It’s hardly a fresh story behind it, to be fair. You have four youngsters driving through the desert in a car, although in this case they’re trying to outrun the pandemic that happens to be sweeping the world. As they hunt for safety, and as we follow their increasing desperation, things inevitably become ever-more bleak for the four, and not all of that can be blamed on the threat they’re running from.
Playing heavily on the mistrust between the four main characters, Carriers is a solid, often really quite tense little movie that rarely excels but generally impresses. It could use more exposition, and it could arguably use some better performances too, but for a small, tight-budget horror thriller, Carriers nonetheless manages to punch above its weight. --Jon Foster
Four kids are driving through the desert on the way to the beach, their faces anything but cheery: this isn't Spring Break. They're trying to outrun the end of the world and each other. In Alex and David Pastor's Carriers, no one is safe from the viral pandemic threatening to wipe out the human race. Determined to elude the deadly virus, Danny (Lou Taylor Pucci), his brother Brian (Chris Pine), his girlfriend Bobby (Piper Perabo) and Danny's school friend Kate (Emily VanCampo) speed across the Southwestern U.S. to reach a place of possible safety. Over the course of four days, the group is faced with moral decisions that no human should ever be forced to face. They discover that their greatest enemy is not the microbe attacking humanity, but the darkness within themselves.