Friday, December 24, 2010

Movie Review: Carriers

The planet has been infected by a deadly disease. Those fortunate enough to survive the infection are now forced to deal with a new reality, one that is built on strict rules. Breaking the rules could mean the difference between life and death.

Two brothers, Brian (Chris Pine) and Danny (Lou Taylor Pucci), are driving across country in an attempt to hide out at a deserted hotel near the ocean. Accompanied by friends, Bobby (Piper Perabo) and Kate (Emily VanCamp), the four face a number of challenges that put their travels at risk.

Carriers is a traveling movie. Similar to a childhood favorite, Stand By Me, the story is more about events affecting the characters as they move from one place to another.

As a viewer, I felt nervous about unfamiliar situations. At any moment, the characters could become infected with the disease and eventually die. To avoid contracting the illness, the characters were careful to use latex gloves, masks, and follow a regulated cleaning process. However, as with life, things happen. As a result, I hoped for the best but aware of the potential worst.

While this movie is categorized under the horror genre, it's not particularly scary. Yes, you might cringe at the decaying corpses laying around the film, but you will definitely feel like sanitizing your hands when it's all over.

Be on the lookout for an occasional "boo!" moment, but you shouldn't worry about having any nightmares.

The movie attempts to trigger an emotional response by introducing kids and animals to the equation. However, the audience doesn't know them well enough to care once they're gone. Out of site, out of mind. Besides, the brothers have better things to do, like surf and eat crabs.  

Overall, I think the movie was worth a watch. Don't expect a huge payoff in the end. Instead, you should just enjoy the ride for what it is, an experience.

I gave the the movie three stars because I liked it. To earn a higher score, the pace could have been faster.

I'm not looking for a slasher movie, but the directors could have increased the tension a little more. Remember how you felt with 28 Days Later and The Descent? Neither stories let you escape, that is until the end. This is one area where Carriers could have improved.  

Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

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