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Cargo Reviews

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Super Reviewer
½ July 30, 2011
A decent spaceship based thriller from the Swiss. The first two thirds of the film, do create an eerie atmosphere and then later tension between the crew. Sadly got a bit weaker towards the end. It does have some good effects for the low budget and set design. Similar in parts to Pandorum, Solaris, Sunshine, if you like those check this out!
Super Reviewer
½ October 2, 2010
The film starts with beautiful shots of a field. The cinematography is crisp and stunning. A woman wonders through and feels the plant life around her. The sound of a buzzing insect fades in perfectly with the music. As wonderful as the opening is, it feels like an advertisement. Which is exactly what it is. The camera pans out and we see that this is a floating billboard for a wonderful place. This beginning highlights one of my favorite things about this Swiss made, German language film. It assumes the audiences' intelligence, and doesn't resort to lengthy exposition. This billboard clearly illustrates that there is somewhere being presented as a paradise and so anyone well-versed in film will realise that Earth is probably uninhabitable. The next shot takes us through a gigantic, cylindrical, space station/city. It looks so alive. Quite the achievement on a low-budget. Once again this suggests that people are not living on Earth. As the film progresses it does fall into some cliches, and the ship/tension is similar to many classic sci-fi films. Luckily it does it all so well. Engler and Etter are clearly visual film-makers, resulting in a treat for film fans.
Super Reviewer
August 9, 2010
A low-budget Swiss sci-fi thriller that contains a plethora of typical genre cliches but the filmmakers do such a great job with the visuals and tone it's easy to forgive. Next to Moon one of my favorite science-fiction films this decade.
Super Reviewer
May 22, 2012
A solid and virtually unknown sci-fi thriller that can hold its own with films coming from the big H and even surpasses many shallow action flicks both in scope and storytelling. The films draws a long arc from an eerie space-hulk thriller to a nigh-surreal vision of a dystopian future. Unfortunately, as interesting as the ponderings on the fate of mankind get towards the end of the film, it also loses its velocity and focus, so artfully created in the first two thirds through the minimalist set design and horror, not unlike Alien.

The downfall of the film is that is loses its edge in the forced attempt to put a heavy coating of icing on the cake, covering what was a solid basis in the first place.

Yet, apart from that, the only fault I can find with this film are technicalities, such as the abyssmal acting on the female lead and a script that is but funcitonal in conveying the necessary information but lacks any form of verve or added characterisation. Hence, the film does create a story that comes to live within a setting that serves as a mere backdrop instead of world that appears real enough to actually give birth to such a scenario.

All in all, this is a hidden gem for fans of the genre and solid sci-fi entertainment as a whole, if you can forgive some of the acting efforts and the ending.
Super Reviewer
August 9, 2010
"Cargo" is a competent swiss sci-fi movie, but it's nothing special. The first half is effectively tense and engaging, but it loses its way towards the end. Visually stunning considering it is a low budget film, but unfortunately, it's nowhere near original or creative enough.
½ August 26, 2015
Visually stunning, but the lackluster story leaves much to be desired.
July 5, 2015
A little jewel in a world of absence.
June 30, 2015
It's a ripfoff of the Matrix except it's happening in space and there are no evil, robot overlords, just an evil mega-corporation. Not a great movie. Thank goodness for fast-forward on the DVD player.
½ April 5, 2015
A worthwhile watch for big sci-fi fans, but completely unmemorable.
July 21, 2014
some good scenes
May 19, 2014
Although Cargo is an incredible ship sailing on a beautiful outdoor space, it's slightly entertaining already told premise is kind of frustraiting.
½ November 17, 2013
I'd like to see what this film crew could do with a bigger budget and top sci-fi script.
February 26, 2014
Visuelt, og rent lydmæssigt, er Cargo intet mindre end fremragende (budgettet var omkring 4 mill. Euro!), og det virker tidligt som om noget stort er i vente. Desværre viser plottet sig at være ganske ordinært - og yderst velkendt for de fleste -, og filmen er bemandet med uinteressante personer, så det hele fuser ud, og er reelt lidt småkedeligt. En halvgod film, der kunne have været en rigtig god film. Rammerne er bestemt til stede.
February 22, 2014
Not too bad with heavy use of fast forward button. Story unfolds nicely but ultimately not convincing enough.
½ January 10, 2014
I'm swiss. And I see here a typical swiss pseudo art production. No soul no spirit. Just a boring "we can also make science fiction" movie. I started to watch it two times and after one quarter I fall a sleep both times. Who made the "star" casting? In a modern hightec Spaceship I see only dogs and rats as crew. No charisma no acting skills. And on the top, this gay's got money from the us tax payers by foundation. Shame on the botched job.
September 16, 2013
An interesting if derivative swiss sci-fi mystery that starts out very strong, building an atmospheric environment and a sense of inter-character paranoia but finishes kind of weak. Still, decent sci-fi in general and hard sci-fi in particular are hard to find nowadays so give this one a watch.
April 30, 2013
Un "CARGO" muy pesado...
LO MEJOR: El diseño de producción ( para ser una producción suiza, la verdad es que es notable ).
LO PEOR: La historia no le interesa a nadie ( es mediocre ). Los agujeros de guión son infinitos ( los personajes viene y van. No hay respuestas, no hay preguntas... )
PD: Se agradece que países como Suiza opten por producir películas de ciencia ficción de tal envergadura.
½ September 15, 2012
It is an awfully boring film, which tries to appeal with its graphic. It shows no reason for the plots of the storyline.
March 29, 2013
Excellent sci-fi movie...Beautiful imagery & an 'authentic feel'. Slighty annoying small subtitles & having to read everything they say. Some may find the movie 'moves too slow' but this viewer found that 'aspect' kinda relaxing. Excellent work for a non-hollywood Swiss/German production. Has potential for 'cult-ish following'
October 1, 2012
Cine Suizo de ficcion! Empieza francamente bien, la atmosfera esta cuidada, el tempo estudiado, y el interes creciente... hasta que ella misma se encarga de arruinar todo lo construido y sepultarse en sus fallos. Lastima, pero aun asi, un encomiable esfuerzo por su presupuesto.
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