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While it comes close to cliche, Cargo is still an effective film.
what begins as an atmospheric mystery ends disappointingly as a connect-the-dots action piece, far too drearily literal to be all in someone's head.
In space, it may well be that no one can hear you scream... but just about anyone who has seen any of the major space-set or futuristic thrillers from the past few decades will find the cliches of the genre ringing out in this Swiss sci-fi.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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