Entertainment Cargo is the Aussie zombie film for people who don't like zombie films

01:42  17 may  2018
01:42  17 may  2018 Source:   smh.com.au

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Cargo is ultimately a zombie film for people who don ’ t like zombie films . It’s a great adaptation of an amazing short film that adds many compelling story elements, while maintaining the heart, soul and emotion of the original short that anyone can resonate with.

"It's not that I don ' t do zombie films like I don ' t do Ku Klux Klan films – I'm not politically allergic to them," he continues. He pauses, then adds sotto voce: "And I know some zombie films can be for grown-ups." Cargo is in cinemas from May 17.

Andy and Kay become separated.© Transmission Films Andy and Kay become separated.

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Much of the advance word on Cargo, a first feature from Australian team Yolanda Ramke and Ben Howling, has hinged on the insistence that it's not a zombie movie. Obviously, this can mean only one thing: it's a zombie movie.

Still, the avoidance of the term is a sign the film leans towards the respectable side of the genre ― unlike, say, Kiah Roache-Turner's splatterific Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead, another recent homegrown production which shares some themes.

At any rate, Cargo pictures a near-future Australia besieged by hordes of cannibalistic walking dead bringing about a collapse of society. The cause is some kind of virus, although the details aren't too crucial.

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It worked for Damien Chazelle, who initially made Whiplash as a short proof-of-concept film , complete with J.K That’s a problem for Yolanda Ramke and Ben Howling’s new Netflix movie Cargo , a zombie feature that For people who ’ve seen the short, the long version can feel like it’s just marking time

From the look of it, Cargo has more in common with Australian -set films like Rabbit-Proof Fence, Walkabout , and even Wake In Fright , than it does popular entries in the zombie movie canon.

Simone Landers as Thoomi.© Umbrella Enterainment Simone Landers as Thoomi. Among the survivors are an “ordinary” couple, Andy (Martin Freeman) and Kay (Susie Porter), who have taken refuge on a houseboat with their baby daughter Rosie (“played” over the course of the film by two different sets of twins). Drifting down a river in the middle of nowhere, they're safe as long as they stay on board. How long, though, can they last without going ashore to look for supplies?

Tensions rise between the couple, but a drastic turn of events puts an end to their squabbling. Soon Andy finds himself alone in the bush with Rosie in his backpack, looking for what remains of civilisation before time runs out ― and crossing paths with others who may prove either friend or foe.

Cargo poses the question: What would a “realistic” zombie film actually look like? And despite the subject matter, its vibe is more moody indie drama than horror ― complete with contemplative landscape shots and editing to emphasise emotion over action.

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The story has an unusual shape, not quite in line with conventional wisdom about the three-act structure. Characters come and go in the course of Andy's journey, some of them vanishing quicker than we anticipate. There are no guarantees about who will survive to the end.

All this boosts the impression of reality in one sense, although the mood is often less urgent than one might expect under the circumstances. Freeman, usually cast as a “straight man” to more vivid personalities, is an odd and not entirely successful casting choice: a specialist in worried British decency, he often looks tempted to give the zombies a stern telling-off.

David Gulpilil.© Umbrella Entertainment David Gulpilil. That said, a number of scenes are sufficiently horrific ― like those which show victims succumbing to the viral outbreak, their faces coated with a toffee-like substance which flows from their eyes and congeals.

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Director: Ben Howling, Yolanda Ramke. Starring: Martin Freeman, Anthony Hayes, Caren Pistorius and others.

You're the first people … who are still people ." The first Australian trailer has debuted for a dramatic horror thriller titled Cargo , from directors Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke. As wacky as the pitch for this might seem, it looks like an engaging, suspenseful zombie flick.

More disturbing still are the images of Indigenous characters caged like animals: prisoners of the ruthless survivalist Vic (Anthony Hayes), whose matey exterior offers Andy a false glimpse of hope.

In themselves, the zombies, or “virals”, are less than fully imagined monsters. They're threatening in a distant, abstract way, like the “Indians” who lurk on the horizon in classic Westerns. Indeed, it seems possible that Ramke and Howling are deliberately inverting this racist trope – especially once Andy reluctantly becomes a surrogate parent to Thoomi (Simone Landers), a young Indigenous girl on a quest of her own.

What emerges is a suggestive, allegorical notion: that in the wake of catastrophe, the traditional knowledge retained by Australia's Indigenous cultures might hold the key to a viable future.

By the final stretch of the film, this theme becomes dominant, with authority shifting away from Andy and towards other characters including the Cleverman whom Thoomi is seeking, played in a brief but crucial appearance by David Gulpilil.

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Martin Freeman and Susie Porter.© Umbrella Entertainment Martin Freeman and Susie Porter. While less than fully realised in spots, Cargo can be described as a positive example of what film marketers nowadays call “elevated genre” ― a term understandably resented by long-term genre fans who see it as drawing a spurious line between quality work and supposedly lowbrow fare.

To put it another way, Cargo is a zombie movie made for viewers who don't like zombie movies. This is no bad thing: the question of how to deal with impending apocalypse, after all, is one which all sorts of people might be thinking about, one way or another.

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