Disease is the new zombie, vampire, monster and slasher movie. It makes sense these days seeing as how the moment someone sneezes they get instantly quarantined. The threat of the swine flu among other various diseases is most definitely this decades horror fad as it correlates with the world's biggest fear and threat- a disease that wipes out the human race. Carriers is perhaps the most realistic and not too far from the truth take on the matter- therefore making it insanely uncomfortable, terrifying and just plan depressing. In fact once the credits started rolling I started to panic and then hugged my cat for a good 20 minutes. It helped- but I'm still a little depressed and just so you know, I'll be accepting hugs after the review.
I think for the most part people are pretty divided on Carriers. I've seen it on a fair amount of best movies list and I've read some pretty favorable reviews. On the other side however-the general consensus is- that it's just too damn depressing. Are we really that vulnerable? Are our immune systems really that crappy? Are we really just going to slowly die out and become fossils? Like it or not, agree or disagree--one things for sure- that the idea is terrifying.
So anywho- we have 4 main characters. The guy from Star Trek, Piper whatever boo- from Coyote Ugly and 2 other people. We travel with our 4 characters as they make their way to the beach- while meeting all different kinds of obstacles along the way and encountering the deadly virus in more than one way.
One of the things I really enjoyed about the movie is how in the beginning--up until the little girl sticks her head up, you never really know if the disease has started. It really just felt like 4 friends on a vacation who were about to encounter the first instance of the disease. Alas, they are 4 of very few survivors and that moment of seriousness when the little girl pokes her head up revealing that bloody face mask is startling. Once that part happened it was like a completely different ball game- shit got serious- and the funny thing is that it was already serious to begin with- we just didn't realize it.
The most depressing parts of the film have to do with abandonment. Even that first moment of high tailing it the heck out of there when the Law & Order guy needs help is sort of jolting. For me the movie was all about survival in a more subtle way than say a zombie movie. There is this complete and utter air of hopelessness that is so palpable. The seen that exemplified this for me the most was when the group left the doctor- who was in the middle of dispensing out a deadly kool-aid mixture to the children still alive. For once in a movie the main characters weren't dumb enough to play the hero- yet we feel as though they should have- yet we know that they could not. Which I think is an extremely horrible emotion to put an audience through. It's like putting an animal to sleep. It's just the worst. That moment of turning their backs was pretty damn painful and then things only got worse when they abandoned Law & Order guy and his daughter.
These feelings of abandonment never seem to go away- as more of the main characters lose their ranks we are put through this same emotion over and over and over again. What makes that horrid emotion even worse is how we instantly tend to put ourselves in those same situations. What would it feel like to be abandoned by those you trusted- in a world where you know that's what they have to do- but you just don't want them to do it? It's so complicated and upsetting. The brother face off for instance was insanely draining. Yeah I'll say it--I pretty much cried. The kinds of balls you would need to grow in a situation such as this is ridiculous. That alone is enough reason to understand that as a civilization-- we would not be able to survive the threat of disease. Yes we have hearts, and we hold onto things that we feel we cannot live without. When faced with a similar situation would you really be able to pull the trigger? I wouldn't. So there you have your answer- to the age old question of would that really happen to us? Unfortunately I'd have to say yes. We are far too morally righteous to survive because our emotions and our attachments will always get the better of us.
OK now time to cheer up. I noticed while watching, that Carriers is very similar to a few movies you may have heard of. Despite the very obvious fact that Chris Pine was in Star Trek- I couldn't help but be brought back to that little scene in Star Trek where a young Captain Kirk is taking that car out for a joy ride. A scene mirrored very well when Chris Pine's character gets all fast and furious behind the wheel a few too many times.
Then there's the obvious similarity to Zombieland with the "rules" and the comradery between 4 characters--no Bill Murray cameo though which is a serious mistake in my opinion but whatevs.
Next- the scene where the other 2 characters whose names I don't know are hiding from the guys in suits- in a KITCHEN. Eyes wide open, backs against the cool silver counters, praying that a veloicparptor doesn't hear them breathe. What? Oh. Right what I mean is that scene was almost exactly like Jurassic Park that it almost made me lose my cool right then and there.
And on to another movie that may have only made me think of it because a main character was in it- Coyote Ugly- when the girls are forced to strip. They may as well just be on a bar shaking what their mamas gave em'. Ok not really that was a bit of a stretch but hey I tried.
....I thought I had more but I guess I just drank too much caffeine last night and imagined that there were more similar movies connected to it. Actually an obvious one is Outbreak. The awful realization of getting blood from someone else on you, and what not. No rabid monkey's but hey we can't have it all! God I love that movie though.
Alright well that was a completely pointless tangent but hopefully I made you feel less depressed. The point is I did enjoy this movie- well maybe enjoyed isn't the right word but I did think that it was fairly well done. The intensity of the situation the claustrophobia of being alone and that sensational voice over that happens at the end....it was definitely just the right amount of hopelessness. It's a movie that stands as brutally honest- and like it or not- I think a rather realistic way that the future could play out- IF people don't cover their sneezes.
"It's a beauiful day. And it shouldn't be a beautiful day. I wait. But nothing happens to me. And for the first time- I feel like I am alone in the world. We made it. Two strangers with nothing left to say... I don't know what will happen next. I don't know how long I'll live. But I know I will be alone. "