Carriers

2009

Carriers

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66%

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Total Count: 35

39%

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An apocalyptic tale of a viral pandemic that sweeps across the United States, and four fleeing friends who discover that they are far more dangerous to one another than any airborne pathogen.

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Critic Reviews for Carriers

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (5)

  • This thoughtful, low-key exploration of our darker survival instincts is too conventional and unfocused to fully engage our emotions.

    Dec 11, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Nigel Floyd

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Plays like Zombieland's humourless twin: with none of the gags and, unfortunately, not many of its genuine moments of tension.

    Dec 11, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • In lacking both subtley and specatcle... Carriers timidly takes its place in the realms of forgettable science-fiction fodder.

    Dec 11, 2009 | Rating: 2/5
  • The movie has as much depth as the single piece of paper on which the script was obviously written.

    Dec 11, 2009 | Rating: 1/5
  • Put into extremely limited release by Paramount Vantage after spending years in studio lockdown, Carriers has moments of genuinely communicable horror and thus deserves better than a de facto theatrical quarantine.

    Sep 7, 2009

    Rob Nelson

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • An extremely sober film with an excellent psychological treatment of characters and capable of transmitting an atmosphe as unhealthy and toxic as the beings who pullulate in a world about to disappear. [Full review in Spanish]

    Jun 7, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Carriers

  • Jun 03, 2016
    Honestly not a whole lot happens, and the things that do happen are crazy underdeveloped. But with characters as realistic and engaging as this, Carriers can make it work.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 23, 2013
    Tackles a lot of interesting aspects during the whole running time, but unfortunently never spends any expanding those ideas, turning the flick into a succession of post-apocalyptic situations you've seen before and better executed as well. It's still solid enough while it lasts and the performances are decent but not having any strict running thread to hold it together, just make Carriers passable at best. It's a bit of a drag.
    Francisco G Super Reviewer
  • Sep 19, 2011
    Not a half bad movie by any means, it does a good job at creating an isolated world despite its low budget and the movie tries to be more of a drama than a horror movie, and it's a commendable effort. It's not always effective, I'm not sure why, I think it's just that there being no 'infected' to rely to on action, like a 28 days later, the movie just doesn't feel to have that sense of threat since you just get to see a few infected characters. It just never feels like the characters are in any real danger. But the performances are decent, if such a thing is possible, despite the characters being incredibly unlikable and one-dimensional. They just have no motivations. It's almost silly to say that when they're fighting to STAY alive, so that shoul be motivation enough. But I'm just not sure why the characters do what they're doing and things just happen that you'd think would be referenced later, but they're not. Maybe that's part of the movie being more 'believable'. Another part I liked was the ending and how the characters have an uncertain future, not knowing where this virus is going to lead them. That was cool, instead of the usual everything is 'fine despite everyone being dead and us being the only people on earth.' Overall, not a bad movie by any means but one with many flaws.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Jul 19, 2011
    A descent post-apocalyptic horror\suspense film. The plot was great, and the story was genius. There was just not alot of action or scenes that were actually "SCARY". They could've made the ending a little better, but overall I say it was a pretty good movie.
    Jacob P Super Reviewer

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