Film #51: CARGO
2.5 out of 5 stars
Imagine random scenes from ALIEN, EVENT HORIZON - maybe a little MATRIX - and put them in a cavernous cargo hold of a space ship and… and before you can say, “Ridley Scott,” you have CARGO. The film is like “sci-fi soup.” It’s not that that’s a bad thing – in this case, it’s not – it’s just pointing out that the film is not a particularly original thing. With CARGO (made in Switzerland in 2009), we get a sort of “science fiction greatest hits album.” Well-made, well-acted… the film hits all the right notes. The thing is… as you’re watching it, you get the feeling that you’ve seen it all before. Also, CARGO is odd in that it’s a space monster movie without a monster. The film plays like ALIEN (is there a monster/killer on board?), but then tosses in this MATRIX thing (this utopia is all a simulation) to sort of give it all substance. There are all these creepy goings-on, but never a pay-off. It all comes off like ‘generic sci-fi.’ Fans of long dark hallways, creepy airlocks, and the threat of an a) alien, b) evil corporation, or c) an evil presence and that sort of thing will dig this. Non-fans… this won’t convince you either way. Rentable, but only once everything else is checked-out.