Carriers

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

The infection has spread, millions have died, and phones are no longer working. We never know how a flesh-killing virus contributed to the extinction of functioning phones, but no worries. All we know is that there are four teenagers on their way to a beach where, according to them, the virus is absent. How do they know that the beach is free of the virus, since all forms of long-distance communication are down? Bloody teenagers, they think they know everything.

Do not be fooled, “Carriers” is more of a road trip than a post-apocalyptic thriller. Not much happens in its running time of eighty-four minutes. Our heroes live in a world that is dying, and they spend most of their time in the car, driving. (I noticed that, and correct me if I’m wrong, our teens occupy a Chevrolet. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned from this movie, it’s that in times of global epidemic, the “Chev” is the way to go.)

For a movie that consists of a human race threatened to extinction by an infection, there are very little “infected” to see. This is because “Carriers” is not a movie about zombies, but about the tough decisions people have to make when faced with such a threat. Yes, it’s take on human nature is a topic that is timeless, which means that it is also a topic that is very often used, and difficult to sell.

That is why I mention its lack of happenings. The message is clear, but a message is simply not enough. How is the message delivered? Through what characters? Under what circumstances? Before anything else, it is the job of the filmmakers to attract the attention of its audience; to give them something to be curious about, to make them want to watch what’s in front of them. If a movie entertained you, and as a bonus, left you with a lesson, then it is a success.

How does the movie expect us to pour our attention to people who are always driving, and are seem to be not fully aware of the consequences of, you know, human extinction? At one point after fooling around on a golf course, the teens meet men covered in plastic who momentarily capture them, and the first thing they want… is a strip show.

I have stressed the point that most of “Carriers” is a Chevrolet with four teenagers taking turns in driving it. I will further that point by saying there are at least three scenes about the desire and need for gasoline. Are you willing to kill for gas, and more importantly, are you prepared to risk your life for it? In a time of a worldwide infection where millions have died, a Chevrolet without gasoline suggests a very bad day.

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