Cargo (Movie review) Would You Ride A Zombie? | Zombie Book Club Podcast episode 32

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“Cargo” delivers a post-apocalyptic journey set in the desolate landscapes of Australia, where Andy, a father infected by a pandemic virus turning humans into zombies, races against time to secure a future for his infant daughter, Rosie. After the tragic demise of his wife, Kay, Andy and Rosie navigate the perils of the Australian outback, encountering survivors and the constant menace of zombies. Among these survivors is Thoomi, an Aboriginal girl who believes in the curative powers of the Cleverman for her infected father. The narrative weaves together their struggles, culminating in Andy's ultimate sacrifice to ensure Rosie's safety, entrusting her to Thoomi and other survivors. This film not only thrills with its survival saga but enriches the zombie genre with its exploration of parental love, humanity, and moral dilemmas amidst a crumbling world.

Beyond the visceral struggle for survival, “Cargo” deeply integrates themes of cultural identity, environmental degradation, and the enduring human spirit. It uniquely incorporates Australian Aboriginal perspectives, particularly through Thoomi's character and her cultural beliefs, offering a rich commentary on cultural survival and the impacts of colonialism. The film challenges the conventional boundaries of the zombie horror genre, presenting a poignant story of love, sacrifice, and resilience. It reflects on the legacy left for future generations, invoking contemplation on our environmental responsibilities and the complexities of human and cultural coexistence in the face of apocalyptic adversity. Through Andy's journey and the diverse cast of characters, “Cargo” stands out as a multifaceted narrative that transcends typical horror tropes, making it a memorable addition to the genre.

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