Monday, 8 October 2012

31 Days Of Horror - Day 8: Carriers (2009)

Four friends fleeing a viral pandemic soon learn they are more dangerous than any virus.

When it comes to viral epidemic films we've no shortage in choice, over the last few years they're have been an abundance of releases with the same theme. In my opinion "Carriers" is one of the best.

With many of the releases of this sub-genre containing many of the same plot points it can sometimes be hard to not doubt that you'll see anything different. This film starts the same way as many of the others (a group of friends trying to survive the virus spreading to them by any means necessary), but give the film time to get rolling and you'll see this does offer a fresh perspective.

Now don't get the viral epidemic mixed up with zombies, this is in no way a zombie film. It seems to be that many people get the two mixed up, not every film that contains virus infectees who change are zombies ("28 Days Later" is a great example).

This is a true epidemic film that actually contained a-lot of realism in it's plot which was great to see. The film does have a very slow pace too it which does deter some viewers but I felt it worked well for the films plot and character build ups, the writing of the characters and how they deal with their problems throughout the film is great. It's not just the characters, it's the situations they're thrown into, they're the kind that make you think "What would I do?" and I've always loved that.

The casting of the film is great, Lou Taylor Pucci, Chris Pine, Piper Perabo, Emily VanCamp and Christopher Meloni who all put in fantastic performances. It's not surprising to see Chris Pine, you can see he has a-lot of talent and I'd love to see him return to the genre at some point in the future.

"Carriers" may be more of a thriller than a horror film but discussions with other horror fans about it have always been positive. The only downside is that it falls a tad short, clocking in at just over 80 minutes long, personally I think it could've done with maybe an extra 15 minutes.

If you want to see the "Carriers" trailer then just click on the video below:

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