Friday, January 8, 2010
Movie Monday on Friday: Carriers
As with Sci-fi, I am a sucker for an end of world or plague type of movie. Some good examples are The Day After (Nicholas Myer), The Stand, and 28 Days Later (Danny Boyle). So, I went ahead and rented Carriers, starring Chris Pine, from Star Trek, and Piper Perabo, from Coyote Ugly. All that I got was over an hour of formula. It was like watching a serious version of Zombieland, which was a good movie because it made fun of the formula. The only thing that was good about this movie was how the victims of the disease were not numerous as it is assumed that most of the people are already dead. You didn’t get a bunch of crazed zombie like people everywhere, which is what some of the previews would lead you to believe. The story is about 4 young attractive youths that are making their way to turtle beach because it has some sort of emotional attachment to two of the youths, who are brothers. They are still alive because they live by a formula. Once the premise is established, you then know that the movie is about how different situations test each of characters resolve to follow the rules, and the anticipation to see who lives and who dies. I almost had to turn the movie off because the first test of their resolve involved a father trying to get his sick daughter(around 5 or 6) to a shelter. As each person, including the little girl and her dad, became a liability, they were simply left behind to an unknown fate(so kudos on that). The movie is short, so if you are looking for a short movie on the subject, I would still skip it because there is nothing original or compelling about the movie. A remake of “the Crazies” looks promising, so we shall see. “The book of Eli” looks bad, but “The Road” looks very promising. Those will all be on my Netflix list. Hopefully, I will be getting “the Hurt Locker” soon.
Posted by jrchaard at 11:45 AM