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What makes a good zombie movie? We have this discussion at DashFUN, for example in our podcast on screen love in the episode of the ultra-brutal shocker “The Sadness” led, whereby moderator Sebastian, colleague Markus and I were actually relatively unanimous: Simply showing masses of undead hunting for human flesh is not enough. In order to make zombies still exciting in the 21st century, more is needed.
That’s why I’m at “The Walking Dead’ dropped out after one season instead of dragging myself through ten and a half seasons like Sebastian and Markus. And I don’t even find the classic metaphor of zombies as a satire on American consumer society, established in George A. Romero’s zombie films, any longer particularly exciting (or at most if it is taken further with a wink, as in Edgar Wright’s “Shaun Of The Dead”). .
Instead, I like zombie movies when they try something different, like the Christmas musical zombie comedy Anna and the Apocalypse, the undead chamber drama Pontypool, or the brilliant zombie experiment One Cut Of The Dead. Or if they manage to combine undead and emotion – which leads me to Cargo on Netflix.
I watched “Cargo” alone in a hotel room a few years ago and the film completely blew me away – but not because it was so brutal or because I was so terrified, but because I found the mixture of a family’s struggle for survival and reckoning with colonialism and capitalism so incredibly touching.
Like the directing duo Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke Here the zombie apocalypse is staged as a quiet survival drama with little splatter and many moments full of endless tragedy and at the same time, in the form of the racist survivor Vic (Anthony Hayes), settles accounts with greed for profit and an elbow mentality is simply great.
So if you’re ready for a zombie movie with a difference, I highly recommend Cargo on Netflix – arguably the best genre entry in years for me.
Cargo is set in the Australian outback after a zombie pandemic has swept the world. In this situation, Andy (great: Martin Freeman), his wife Kay (Susie Porter) and their one-year-old daughter Rosie try to survive, but despite all precautions, first Kay gets infected and then Andy too. Now he only has 48 hours to somehow get Rosie to safety before he turns himself into a bloodthirsty undead.
The Aborigine girl Thoomi (Simone Landers) could possibly help, who, like the other members of her tribe, knows how to survive skillfully, but eventually falls into the clutches of Vic, who uses her as bait to attract the undead and steal her valuables. .