NNWIJ: Carriers (2009)

Director: Alex/David Pastor

Notable Cast: Chris Pine, Lou Taylor Pucci, Piper Perabo, Emily VanCamp

Rating: PG-13

Review:  Still can’t get away from those horror/thrillers on Watch Instantly.  Carriers takes the infection route as the main cause of concern, instead of the over played zombie theme.  Danny (Pucci), Brian (Pine), Bobby (Perabo), and Kate (VanCamp) are traveling to what they assume is a safe destination where they can quarantine themselves in, but soon find out with a deadly disease on the loose there is no such thing as safety.  It’s pretty simple really.  The disease is highly contagious from human to human contact as simple as breathing on somebody.  So it seems like a pretty set rule that if someone is infect, stay the hell away…right?  Eh, kids these days.  Always thinking they’re invincible.  The group of four mentioned above are really the only characters in the film except for a few stragglers they run into, so all the problems are their own mistakes.  Feelings and emotions get in the way, and people end up dead.  But you never really care.  There’s not a whole lot of tension to make this a bona-fide thriller, and it isn’t scary at all so there goes the horror.  The film even tries to muster drama, but gets too sentimental for its own good.  Carriers is nothing less than average.  It’s not done horribly, but you’ll walk away feeling like it was nothing more than a time waster.  If you want a real infection movie, watch 28 Days Later or [REC].  Too bad neither are on Watch Instantly, so if you really need your fix just know this isn’t an equal substitute.  Be prepared to be un-amazed.  Very un-amazed.

Netflix Rating: 2/5

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About Matt Donato

I love all things film. I'll watch any genre, any actor, at any time. This whole film critic thing is a passionate hobby for now which I'm balancing with working in the business world, but hey, someday, who knows?
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