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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.

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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.
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Netflix Drops Trailer for ‘Lost in Space’ Season Two

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A brand new season for the Netflix his series ‘Lost in Space’ is set to arrive on Christmas Eve, and a new trailer is here to give everyone a look into what the second season has in store.

According to the rundown: “With the Jupiter 2 stranded on a mysterious ocean planet without their beloved Robot, the Robinsons must work together, alongside the mischievous and manipulative Dr. Smith and the always charming Don West, to make it back to the Resolute and reunite with the other colonists. But they quickly find all is not as it seems. A series of incredible new threats and unexpected discoveries emerge as they look for the key to finding Robot and safe passage to Alpha Centauri. They will stop at nothing to keep their family safe… survival is a Robinson specialty after all.”

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REVIEW: Marianne

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Netflix kicked off the Halloween season in style with a brand new, limited series horror show called ‘Marianne’.

The French film debuted on Friday the 13th in September and was immediately met with strong reviews and ratings, with many calling Marianne the scariest witch ever.

Starring Victoire du Bois, Tiphanie Daviot, Lucie Boujenah and Mireille Herbstmeyer, the film tells the story of a famous author (Emma) who has to do battle with the witch who tormented her, and was the inspiration for her books, when she was a child.

Right out of the gate Marianne establishes itself as a gory, in your face, and twisted story of torment, possession, and pure evil, and kicks off a stunning performance by Herbstmeyer as Madame Daugeron, who is possessed by Marianne for the first part of the series.

Facial expressions and body language are illustrated brilliantly and convey the presence of the pure evil that is Marianne with no deviation from impact.

The story is woven, overall fluidly, over the course of several episodes, and continues to build the intensity for a final showdown with the witch, while at the same time digging up her past, and telling the story of Emma’s childhood, exile, and battle with alcoholism.

While it can be kind of confusing, at times, with the constant back-and forth and story-to-story transition, the series doesn’t deviate too far from it’s path.

While Marianne could have been better served by being trimmed by 1-2 episodes to eliminate some of the “filler”, it easily makes up for it with a strong story, plenty of terror, and a complete tale, showing how well Netflix can bring even a foreign horror film to their platform and spin out a classic.

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The story is woven, overall fluidly, over the course of several episodes, and continues to build the intensity for a final showdown with the witch, while at the same time digging up her past, and telling the story of Emma's childhood, exile, and battle with alcoholism.
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Netflix Drops Trailer for ‘Eli’

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A brand new film from Ciaran Foy is set to arrive on Netflix later this month, and a terrifying trailer will give you a glimpse into what is in store when the film officially arrives to the streaming platform on October 18th.

According to the rundown: “With his desperate parents in tow, an 11-year-old boy with a debilitating illness checks into an isolated clinic to undergo experimental therapy.”

Starring Charlie Shotwell, Lili Taylor, and Kelly Reilly, the trailer for the film can be seen below:

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