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Chris Pine (Star Trek) stars in this intense, gripping thriller about a deadly threat beyond anyone's worst nightmare. Determined to escape a lethal virus, four teens set out in search of an uncontaminated refuge, only to discover that they are far more dangerous to each other than the virus they are trying to survive. Carriers is a pulse-pounding journey into a world where laws and rules no longer apply, and no one can be trusted -- not even your friends.

Starring:
Lou Taylor Pucci, Sequoyah Adams-Rice
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CARRIERS

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 24 minutes
Starring Lou Taylor Pucci, Sequoyah Adams-Rice, Chris Pine, Piper Perabo, Jeremy Burnell, Brighid Fleming, Emily Van Camp, Jason E. Hill, Christopher Meloni, Kiernan Shipka, Ron McClary, Dylan Kenin, Dale Malley, Mark Moses, Josh Berry, Tim Janis
Director Àlex Pastor, David Pastor
Genres Horror, Thriller
Studio PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 26 April 2010
Main languages English

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Oct 2013
Format: DVD
To all intents and purposes, Carriers really isn't that much of a horror film, it's more a survivalist, character based, road movie. After an infectious virus has decimated the Earth, two brothers (Chris Pine/Lou Taylor Pucci) and their two lady companions (Piper Perabo/Emily VanCamp) are heading to Turtle Beach in the hope that in isolation there they can ride out the epidemic and start afresh.

What follows is that they encounter a man on the road with his sick daughter, and their plans then go astray. The moral dilemmas build up, the character dynamics unfurling in a whirl of human emotions, disappointments and heart aching decisions are evident as the search for sanity and gasoline goes on. Naturally the virus isn't the only thing to be fearful of, there's the other virus, that of the human condition in survival situations...

Having sat on the shelf for three years, Carriers came a bit late in the day to make a telling mark in a sub-genre of horror that has tapped into our new age fear of the virus. In a way that is a shame, because David and Alex Pastor's (writers/directors) film is very well made. With good performances, astute photography and a humanistic narrative that is not without merit. Yet even for 2009 it feels old hat, like a lukewarm sci-fi schlocker without the monsters or apocalyptic peril.

It's well worth a watch because there is nothing irritating here, but anyone expecting some infected/zombie infused apocalypto will be very disappointed. 6/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MissCxx on 9 Jan 2012
Format: DVD
A decent horror film, but there are much better virus horror films out there. Got to say Chris Pine was pretty good in this film though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jorgie on 28 Nov 2011
Format: DVD
I brought this film as i thought it was a zoombie film. I put it on to find although it was about infection the dead did not come back again! However it was a good film def worth a watch. I was surprisingly jumpy after watching it so it did what i wanted it to do!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER on 4 Dec 2010
Format: DVD
I am not a fan of modern sci-fi so did not want to particularly see this, but I had friends over who had brought this and 2012. We watched the latter first and whilst it is a high octane, action fest amid an orgy of CGI it was ultimately uninspiring and vapid.

Then we watched the low budget CGI and action free zone that is 'Carriers'. This is nearly a brilliant film but for all the reasons that most lovers of the sci-fi horror genre will not like. This is the relatively short story of a group of four teenagers on a road trip to the coast in a post pan endemic afflicted world where (like 'Survivors')most of the worlds population has died or is likely to be dead any time soon. I can see why so many people felt disappointed with this film as it was billed as some sort of Zombie/ horror flick and actually is neither.

That is the backdrop but this is actually more of a moral study on how selfish and fragile we are as people. They are all rather unlikeable as characters but the more that comes out the more you can understand them. The two brothers are the central characters but the character development is done in tiny snap shot exchanges and you have to concentrate to pick it all up, there is little in the way of flash backs. Brian (the elder jock type - goes on to be the young Capt Kirk in one of the Star Trek spin offs) seems to be running away from the past as well as the disease and he is the alpha male who lays down the rules that ultimately mean they will all lose so were the rules right in the first place? Was anything right in the first place could be a secondary underlying question? But the human spirit certainly takes a kicking in this film, and you might need a cheer up afterwards.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Ryden on 9 May 2011
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I really wanted to give this film more than three stars as it has a lot going for it but, ultimately, the whole package just doesn't deliver a four-star experience.

Many of the film's detractors have cited Pine's dislikeable character as a main turn-off. In fairness, the story does well to give the audience an insight into why he is the way he is; not least as we see his character stripped away at the end with his plaintive rhetorical question: 'how did we get here?'.

The dichtotomy between the alpha-male older brother and the weaker but academically intelligent younger brother is an oft-used device so it's nothing we haven't seen before.

What I admired about the film was the stark moral (or immoral) choices that faced the group. Ironically, the very thing that makes us human, compassion, also proved to be the most deleterous to their mortality. There were a number of scenes which provoked intense feelings of cognitive dissonance; wishing that they could have ended differently but knowing that, pragmatically, they were the right decisions to make in absolute terms of self-preservation. The most poignant for me was the scene with the father and girl singing 'incy wincy spider'; the juxtaposition between the innocence of nursery rhyme and the realisation of their fate.

Nonetheless, I think where the film does fail slightly is - despite a spartan running time - at times the direction felt aimless albeit punctuated by some cracking scenes.

All told, I would probably watch it again although if I was moved for some post-apocalyptic cinematic depression i'd opt for The Road every time.
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