Having hit fame as Captain Kirk in JJ Abrams’ sprightly reboot of Star Trek, Chris Pine’s role as Brian explains the cinema release of Carriers, a low-budget horror-thriller largely filmed in New Mexico.
Set after a pandemic has turned most of the world’s population into dribbling piles of flesh, Carriers is hampered by a po-faced opening monologue that outlines the rules for surviving the apocalypse, sorely lacking the antic humour which sparked the similar opening scene of Zombieland. Working on a smaller scale and budget, Carriers focuses on Brian and three other teenagers and their attempt to drive across country to New Mexico’s Turtle Beach in the hope of sitting out the ravages of the pandemic.
Despite being derivative of the 28 Days Later... genre, directors Alex and David Pastor do conjure up a few impressively bleak images, from the forlorn doctor studiously executing a ward full of children to Brian’s willful destruction of a deserted golf resort. The editing is undoubtedly choppy and the pay-off weak, but the Pastors deserve credit for delivering a passable B movie variation on an over-familiar theme.
General release from Fri 11 Dec.