NR, 7 min.
Directors: Ben Howling, Yolanda Ramke
Writer: Yolanda Ramke
Starring: Andy Rodoreda
There’s a certain economy to the short film that a feature length movie can never provide. As such, the overly popular zombie horror subgenre has become a perfect fit for the format. We don’t need to be told the rules of the zombie life anymore. We know how someone becomes a zombie. We know how someone avoids becoming a zombie. We know how zombies work, and we now how the survival of society must work.
So along comes “Cargo”, a most unique zombie film. It depicts a man and his infant daughter surviving the zombie wilderness. I don’t wish to spoil any of this film’s surprises, so I will go no further into what happens. The economy of shedding all the typical zombie apocalypse background allows the filmmakers to build a great mystery about just what is going on in this story. There is very little dialogue. That’s quite an understatement considering that the movie is mostly just the man and his infant walking through the wilderness. Somehow it evolves into one of the more profound zombie movies I’ve seen of late.