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REVIEW: Cargo

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Netflix has finally released the highly anticipates Cargo, starring Martin Freeman, over this weekend and we got a chance to check this film out last night.

Cargo throws you right into the desperate situation of a husband, wife, and baby as they are living (trying to stay alive) while on an old boat.

Rations are slim and life is dangerous for the trio and things take a turn for the worst when Andy (Freeman) comes upon an abandoned boat and decides to pillage it for rations and items.

During his exploration, Andy hears a noise coming from a door in the boat and quickly makes his escape from, what we assume to be, a zombie.

Kay, (Susie Porter), decides that she will explore the boat too, for whatever illogical reason, and she too encounters this zombie, only she is unable to escape from being bitten, and, infected.

This puts a timestamp on Kay’s life and marks as a turning point in the film as her eventual, and unavoidable death, thrusts both Andy and their daughter onto a different path of survival, now making their way towards a military hospital.

This forces the trio to leave the comfort and safety of their boat for the wild and unpredictable journey on land.

Kay eventually succumbs to her infection and now Andy and his daughter are forced to go it alone, but, things take an interesting twist after Andy starts feeling the effects of a bite he received from Kay during her downfall.

This is where the movie starts adding layers to the storyline, with tribes, additional characters, and a villain, Victor, all added to the mix.

Andy and his daughter come across various groups of people all taking their own approach to survival and all taking a different mindset.

While some, such as Victor, believe that the world will return to normalcy and are using this time to build a foundation of power, others, such as Lorraine (Caren Pistorius) seem to have already accepted their fate, and seem to project a miserable and defeated attitude.

Others, such as Thoomi (Simone Landers), prove to be resourceful, determined, strong, and heroic.

While Cargo has it’s points where it can drag a bit, it doesn’t take away from the overall story.

Zombie movies have been done too many times to count, but Cargo takes a fresh approach that doesn’t seem to put itself at the mercy of gore, brutality, and our typical zombie hoard.

Instead, Cargo focuses on the story of humanity and the tough choices that lie ahead, putting the importance, and focus, on making decisions that impact loved ones, even if it means putting your own life in danger.

Where Andy takes an “at any means necessary” approach to ensuring the safety of his daughter first, and himself, other families choose to accept their fate and take the path of suicide to avoid an infection.

Fright Nerd Score
82 frights
Summary
Cargo will likely have a long run on Netflix and shows off Netflix's renewed focus on the horror genre, and this particular film is an example of things trending in the right direction.
Fright Nerd Score82

Anthony DiMoro is the leader writer and founder of 'Fright Nerd'. DiMoro has written for popular websites such as Forbes and The Huffington Post. DiMoro cites Friday the 13th, A Nightmare On Elm Street and Halloween among his favorite horror movies of all time.

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Trailer Arrives for Final Season of Netflix’s ‘Lost in Space’

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“In the third and final season, the stakes are higher than ever and the Robinson family’s survival instincts will be put to the ultimate test. After a year of being trapped on a mysterious planet, Judy, Penny, Will and the Robot must lead the 97 young Colonists in a harrowing evacuation — but not before secrets are unearthed that will change their lives forever. Meanwhile John and Maureen — with Don at their side — must battle overwhelming odds as they try to reunite with their kids. The Robinsons will have to grapple with the emotional challenge of not just being lost — but being separated from the ones they love… as they face the greatest alien threat yet.”

The series, packed with 8 new episodes, makes it’s return on December 1st.

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Netflix Unveils Two Terrifying Clips from ‘No One Gets Out Alive’

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There is a lot of hype building for Netflix’s new horror ‘No One Gets Out Alive’, and to keep that momentum churning Netflix has released two brand new clips to give fans a glimpse into the terror awaiting them.

The film officially arrives on September 29th, and is already drumming up positive reviews and feedback.

Thanks to Bloody Disgusting, we now have to kick-ass clips to explore, with commentary from director Santiago Menghini:

“SHOWER”

“In this scene, Ambar (Cristina Rodlo) is beginning to understand that all is not what it seems in this house… that the bumps and creaks she hears in the night might not just be expanding pipes,” Menghini says. “They might be screams…

“I wanted to play with the use of sound to build mystery and dread. Uncertainty feeds anxiety. From this point on, it is clear something is terribly wrong with this house.”

 


“Isabella”

“This scene occurs later in the film when Ambar begins to realize that the ghosts that haunt this old house aren’t the only thing she needs to be afraid of,” Menghini said.

“This scene was great fun to design. I was always struck by the image of the sobbing woman at the end of the corridor. Should Ambar approach or run away? With this film the aim is always to keep the audience on their toes – just when they think they know what’s going on, we want to throw a new element into the mix.”

 

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Netflix Officially Announces ‘Hellbound’

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Netflix has officially announced Yeon Sang-ho’s ‘Hellbound’ which made it’s world premier at the Toronto International Film Festival and is set to premier globally on November 19th, 2021 exclusively on the streaming platform.

According to the press release: “Executors of Hell appear out of nowhere to condemn individuals to be hellbound. In the midst of this mayhem, a religious group preaching questionable truths grows in influence. The release date has been confirmed for director Yeon Sang-ho’s Hellbound.”

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