Cargo (based on the 2013 short film of the same name) tells the loving story of Andy (Martin Freeman), Kay (Susie Porter) and their little baby girl Rosie - so it would initially seem anyway, it isn't long before the film reveals how much deeper than that, it goes. Turns out, it's a zombie's world, and we're just living in it.
We follow the couple on their journey as they try their best to survive an epidemic that's spread across Australia, while attempting to live as safely as possible. Their idea - live on the water, and it makes sense. Stay on land and you'll eventually end up dead (we all know zombies can't swim, don't @-me)
Initially their plan seems to go great, and in fact given how settled they are, probably has for a long while. But when Kay is bitten, things take a turn for the worse, and the race against the clock begins.
As they make their journey through the outback we're simultaneously introduced to Thoomi, a little girl who is doing the very same. There are others too, met along the way, some strange and peculiar, and some seemingly put to cross paths almost as if it were destiny. There's something about being in the right place at the right time...
Cargo, unlike other zombie film, does not put its main focus on the zombies - which is a breath of fresh air. They're there, and you'll see them, but they're only a subplot and means to drive the story forward. There is no gore, and sometimes you've just gotta accept the fact that it's not always needed.
In the end we're all fighting for survival in a zombie infested world, every day is a race against time, race against a state of decay. Who will make it out alive? Spoiler alert: no one.
What is the most precious thing to us in the world? What is it that we always must look after, no matter the circumstances? Our children, our precious cargo.
Cargo is written by Yolanda Ramke and directed by Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke. The movie is currently streaming on Netflix.
You can check out the original short film here