Zombies. They are an intriguing subject for the movie scene. The short shot of the week Cargo (2013) is all about zombies, but it doesn’t really show the usual guts and gore. It’s actually kind of a touching story.

This movie, directed by Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke, is about a young family: one happy couple and their daughter. After a car accident the dad wakes up with a horrible worrying gurgling sound in his left ear. Clawing nails desperately try to grip on his clothes or flesh and the eyes which made him fall in love with his wife, are now filled with rage and the burning desire to rip the flesh of his bones. Panic or grief could prevail, but that doesn’t seem to be the case with the father, who just became a widower. Instead, a Darwinian mechanism of self-preservation seems to take over and the dad does everything in his power to give his daughter a chance of survival.

Cargo is very worthwhile, with the fine acting, camerawork and a slightly different approach to the zombie survival genre. Even a non-horror fan like me appreciates this touching story!

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