Cargo (2017)

# 14848 IMDb

Cargo (2017

taglineHe is her only hope. And her greatest threat.

Director: Ben Howling, Yolanda Ramke

Stars: Martin Freeman, Caren Pistorius, Anthony Hayes, David Gulpilil, Kris McQuade

Drama, Thriller (1h 45min)

Australia Australia

Rated 6.3 after 22,576 votes, 65% postive reviews on 20-Dec-18.

6 nominations


After an epidemic spreads all over Australia, a father searches for someone willing to protect his daughter.


Yolanda Ramke (director) Martin Freeman Anthony Hayes Susie Porter Caren Pistorius Kris McQuade Natasha Wanganeen

Martin Freeman (Andy), Anthony Hayes (Vic), Susie Porter (Kay), Caren Pistorius (Lorraine), Kris McQuade (Etta), Natasha Wanganeen (Josie), Bruce R. Carter (Willie), Simone Landers (Thoomi), David Gulpilil (Daku), Joesiah Amos (Campfire Kids), Ella Barter (River Girl), Ikee Blackman (Hunting Party), Latrelle Coulthard (Campfire Kids), Karum Fisher (Hunting Party), Shannon Mckenzie (Hunting Party), Lily Anne McPherson-Dobbins (Rosie), Marlee Jane McPherson-Dobbins (Rosie), Dante Patterson (Campfire Kids), Andy Rodoreda (River Father), Alexandra Schulze (River Mother), Finlay Sjoberg (Rosie), Nova Sjoberg (Rosie), Aiden Squire (River Boy), Noel Wilton (Hunting Party)


Produced by

Russell Ackerman (producer), Zak Brilliant (executive producer), Kristina Ceyton (producer), Sally Clarke (line producer), Hilary Davis (associate producer), Ian Dawson (executive producer), Craig Deeker (executive producer), Fergus Grady (executive producer), Tom Harberd (associate producer), Jeff Harrison (executive producer), Phil Hunt (executive producer), Samantha Jennings (producer), Stephen Kelliher (associate producer), Ian Kirk (executive producer), Mark Patterson (producer), Compton Ross (executive producer), John Schoenfelder (producer)


As much as I usually enjoy horror movies, the zombie sub-genre has never been one I'm particularly fond of. Except for classic films such as "Night of the Living Dead" and Raimi's "Evil Dead" movies, or modern entries into the genre such as "Shaun of the Dead" or "Train to Busan", I have never seen any outstanding zombie films which stood out from the crowd. However, this year's "Cargo", an Australian indie based on a 2013 short film and starring Martin Freeman, succeeded in its attempt to do just that: stand out from the crowd.

With a tense atmosphere, a well-written plot and breathtaking cinematography, "Cargo" is better than the average thriller in the way it focuses on its main character and creates sympathy with him to allow the viewer to actually become interested in the film's eventual outcome. The premise, featuring zombies in a post-apocalyptic Australia, is as important as the development of Martin Freeman's character, and the combination of both aspects ultimately allowed this film to turn into something surprisingly original in a genre which I thought had nothing original left anymore.

Some sloppy editing now and then might be my only criticism about the film. Freeman was a great choice for the leading actor; the film was visually gorgeous to watch; the plot was filled with interesting and unpredictable twists (even if you've seen the short film) - in short, I loved the experience I had while watching it. I don't think everybody will; "Cargo" surely is restricted by the limitations of its genre and will leave some viewers disappointed, and that's completely fine - I only hope its Netflix release will allow "Cargo" to see the wide audience it absolutely deserves.


Actor Martin Freeman found a special rapport with young actress Simone Landers: "Simone's never acted before, she's been a joy. She's a really lovely lovely girl, she loves to laugh. She was charging me a dollar every time I swore so I ended up giving her a lot of money."

77 total 


6 nominations 
Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards • Satellite Awards

Other titles

Cargo (Germany; Spain; France; Italy) • Lasten (Norway) • Ładunek (Poland) • Carga (Portugal) • Бремя (Russia)



Australia:MA15+ / France:16 / Germany:16 / Italy:VM14 / Norway:16 / Singapore:M18 / South Korea:15 / Spain:16


Addictive Pictures, Causeway Films, Head Gear Films (in association with), Kreo Films FZ (financed with the assistance of), Metrol Technology (in association with), White Hot Productions


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