Carriers

A deadly virus has spread across the globe. Contagion is everywhere, no one is safe, and no one can be trusted. Four friends race through the back roads of the American West on their way to a secluded utopian beach in the Gulf of Mexico where they could peacefully wait out the pandemic. Their plans take a grim turn when their car breaks down on an isolated road starting a chain of events that will seal their fates.
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Film Cast:

  • Danny Green: Lou Taylor Pucci
  • Brian Green: Chris Pine
  • Bobby: Piper Perabo
  • Kate: Emily VanCamp
  • Frank Holloway: Christopher Meloni
  • Jodie Holloway: Kiernan Shipka
  • Preacher: Ron McClary
  • Doctor: Mark Moses
  • Survivalist: Josh Berry
  • Survivalist: Tim Janis
  • Survivalist: Dale Malley
  • Tom: Dylan Kenin
  • Rose: LeAnne Lynch

Film Crew:

  • Producer: Anthony Bregman
  • Casting: Jeanne McCarthy
  • Editor: Craig McKay
  • Key Makeup Artist: Stephan Dupuis
  • Director of Photography: Benoît Debie
  • Second Unit Director of Photography: Reynaldo Villalobos
  • Production Design: Clark Hunter
  • Costume Design: Jill Newell
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Paul Hsu
  • Producer: Robert Velo
  • Original Music Composer: Peter Nashel
  • Set Decoration: Gabriella Villarreal
  • Foley Artist: Marko Costanzo
  • ADR Editor: Marissa Littlefield
  • Stunts: Danny Downey
  • Producer: Ray Angelic
  • Production Accountant: David Melito
  • Writer: Àlex Pastor
  • Writer: David Pastor
  • Associate Producer: Stefanie Azpiazu
  • Still Photographer: Lorey Sebastian
  • Foley Mixer: George A. Lara
  • Line Producer: Michael R. Williams
  • Key Hair Stylist: Yvette Meely
  • Makeup Department Head: Todd McIntosh
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Michael Barry
  • Dolby Consultant: Steve F.B. Smith
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Bob Chefalas
  • Music Editor: Missy Cohen
  • Property Master: Joe Arnold
  • Leadman: Juan Souter
  • First Assistant “B” Camera: Beau Chaput
  • Art Department Coordinator: Sara M. Pennington
  • Second Unit Director of Photography: Michael A. Chavez
  • Chief Lighting Technician: Steven Litecky
  • Script Supervisor: Judi Townsend
  • ADR Supervisor: Deborah Wallach
  • Stunt Coordinator: Brian Smyj
  • Dialogue Editor: Branka Mrkic
  • First Assistant “B” Camera: Alan Keffer
  • First Assistant Director: David Allen Cluck
  • Unit Production Manager: Marjorie Ergas
  • Music Supervisor: Tracy McKnight
  • First Assistant “B” Camera: Chip Byrd
  • Stunts: Al Goto
  • Foley Editor: Jamie Baker
  • Sound Mixer: Lori Dovi
  • Music Editor: E. Gedney Webb
  • Stunts: Norman Douglass
  • Second Assistant “A” Camera: Charlie Newberry
  • Foley Editor: Reuben Simon
  • Hair Department Head: Lori Ann Baker
  • Costume Supervisor: Richard Lange
  • Second Assistant Director: Johnny L. Recher
  • Production Coordinator: Rebecca Hilliard
  • ADR Mixer: Bob Baron
  • Assistant Property Master: Josiah O’Neil
  • Second Assistant “A” Camera: Ryan Eustis
  • Additional Camera: Georgia Tornai Packard
  • First Assistant “A” Camera: Tony Villalobos
  • Assistant Sound Editor: Sara Stern
  • Stunts: Stephanie Stokes
  • Set Dresser: Michael Lovato
  • Stunts: Aaron Caldwell
  • Set Dresser: Jason Mack

Movie Reviews:

  • Wuchak: ***Post-Apocalyptic Horror***

    “Carriers” (2009) is easily one of the best post-apocalyptic films. The story involves four youths in Southwest USA seeking sanctuary from a lethal virus that has wiped out much of the population and continues to do so. To all intents and purposes Government no longer exists and society is now a world without laws. To survive, they live by a set of rules of their own making: Avoid anyone with the disease, trust no one (not even your friends/family), immediately sterilize anything a carrier touches and realize that anyone with the disease is already dead.

    The four youths are Danny (Lou Taylor Pucci), his brother Brian (Chris Pine), his girlfriend Bobby (Piper Perabo) and Danny’s school friend Kate (Emily VanCampo). Over the course of a handful of days they are continually forced to make difficult moral decisions that no human being should ever have to make. They soon discover that the real enemy is not the sinister pandemic, but the darkness within their own hearts.

    Unlike semi-goofy post-apocalyptic films like the Mad Max series, “Carriers” is deadly serious from beginning to end. This works in the film’s favor because if the filmmakers take the material seriously the viewer can as well.

    One of the moral conundrums explored is what do you do if a loved one gets the disease? Since anyone with the disease is as good as dead, do you mercifully kill them? Leave them behind to suffer and die alone? Or stay with them, which is tantamount to suicide since you’ll catch the virus as well?

    The film also explores one’s reaction to such a pandemic: Do we forsake all sense of morality in an attempt to survive — lie, steal, forsake and murder — or do we hold on to our moral compass, come what may? Is life worth living if you must become an immoral, wicked savage to survive? Isn’t it better to live with dignity at all costs — fight with nobility and die with dignity when and if we must?

    “Carriers” is to be commended for provoking such poignant questions.

    Some denounce the film on the grounds that it’s too downbeat and depressing, but wouldn’t a lawless society with a highly contagious lethal virus on the loose be a very dire situation? In other words, the downbeat vibe reflects the reality of the story. This doesn’t mean that every character has to be some moralless savage, as one of the main characters becomes, but it definitely makes the proceedings believable for the viewer. That said, I admit that I would have preferred if the film offered more glimpses of hope, faith and human dignity, but the filmmakers obviously wanted to explore the element of a near-hopeless-situation and the film should be accepted and respected on that level.

    One obvious plothole is the perfectly maintained lawn of the golf course at the abandoned resort.

    The film was shot in desolate regions of New Mexico & Texas and runs a short-but-sweet 84 minutes.

    FINAL SAY: “Carriers” is an excellent — albeit decidedly melancholic — depiction of a post-apocalyptic world where conventional law & order are non-existent. The film successfully stimulates moral reflection and is engrossing from beginning to end. Although it looses points for being too downbeat…

    ***ENDING SPOILER ALERT***

    …especially the climax. C’mon, the dude makes it to the remote beach and he has a hot lass at his side; they could be the new Adam & Eve, but all he does is whine like it’s the end of the world or something.

    GRADE: A-

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