Movie of the year without a doubt. (by gordonilott)
Lets be reasonable, the year current is 2012 and with the likes of Batmans explosions and the story telling and acting of The Walking Dead, lets all take a second to look at 2009 and think about why this movie wasn't world renown and the creator and actors showered with gold and trophies. This is a must see. It is up there with Gattaca, Sunlight and The Matrix. Although some effects weren't perfect overall everything was believable. There was not at all one point in this movie where you will yawn, or wonder when it will pick up. I watched this film subtitled with English and I could <more>
follow the story very easily, I couldn't help but wonder what and where things were going to happen or take place or who was responsible for what and why.I refuse to speak plainly and give any hint of spoilers because I would feel ashamed if I gave away even a hint of this movie to you.This really shows where society is heading and what we need to look out for. Question everything. Everyone.I will be buying this movie asap. Netflix doesn't do it justice.
I had to see this for the first time, but four years later. Cargo, a simple vessel put into space on a journey to a place called Rhea. A planet that was supposed to be a paradise for earth people to dwell on since the earth itself was no longer livable. Laura Portmann Anna Katherina Shcwabro is a doctor aboard the Kassandra where the supposed trip is to Rhea. Everything seems to be going smoothly since her exit from Cryo to watch over the crew. But during her routines found something else in the cargo hold where containers of so called construction supplies are held. Through protocols, she <more>
has to wake the captain for this information to be submitted to. However something or someone else is aboard the Kassandra. In the investigations they find cargo containers full of people who are headed to the space station 42 where they will live out their lives in full simulation where they think they are on Rhea already. Laura finds out through another crew member Samuel Decker Martin Rapold that the simulation is all true. Rhea was once colonized but became highly unstable which decimated the planet back to the stone age. This is why the simulation was necessary to keep the peace among Earthers who still wait a turn to go to Rhea. But laura and her entourage helped to push the truth forward back to earth so the people can know that Rhea was all a lie. I find this film to be fascinating in every way. A small crew working together to a planet which no longer exists, at least to sustain life. The dark and gritty scenes of space along with the hardened emotions of the crew made it all the more believable because there was no overt screaming or gore to capture the essence of horror. However horror did exist to such a point, that when the space walks were shown that in itself was a very cold aspect. Two people alone in the skeletons of the space station 42 not far from the Kassandra, but far enough away that should it take off suddenly, they would be the only two in space until their air ran out. The alone look was terrifying, to be in space like that without any life lines, or possible ways back is enough to give chills up anyone's spine. Even though Laura did make it back through the help of the self sacrificing decker of his fuel cell she had a chance once again. The music was great, the scenery was top notch in all forms. No particular scene indicated a green screen was used which helped. The special effects were not overblown and nothing was left to chance. I thought this was a well done film even though done in another country it was refreshing in every way. Cargo is one of those types of Scifi you can watch again. Anna Schwabo is also in my view a good actress, nothing she did was over enunciated, she kept her cool, had a great persona about her character, and I found her to be an up and coming heroine. I hope if she does something like this again, it would be for a more upgraded Scifi film. I highly recommend this to anyone over fourteen years of age. Subbed yes, but it is more convincing subbed than dubbed. Using the real voices make it more conceivable for the audience to grasp. Using a dubbed voice, would make it look and sound like a cheap porn film. Do not watch this dubbed.
'Cargo' is a thriller with a genuine SciFi embroidery and a blood chilling exposition of human future. (by camilla_stein)
A Swiss science fiction thriller made its way onto the silver screen in 2009. The movie steps away from the recently developed tradition in the genre and delivers a sci-fi reality check-the Earth is dead, humanity is picking up the slack, things are brutally rough. And then, light in the end of the tunnel-there's an escape. The catch is to earn one's way to that expensive futuristic Garden of Eden called Rhea.A fantastic, believable and definitely authentic acting is what makes this movie stand out from many sci-fi productions of the past decade. Laura Portmann is a medical employee <more>
of a space cargo ship. The fact that she is a doctor, says many things. She deals with human life and human death on a daily basis. She uncovers things that only an MD would. Her knowledge and experience is also her best weapon. Anna-Katharina Schwabroh's performance in her role as Laura, left an amazing effect on me; the impression of seeing my little sister work towards realizing her very human dream. I wanted to be there for her and I felt bad that she was alone like that.The cargo ship's trip is harsh. Starship's personnel go into stasis, come out of it, take turns to monitor the ship. On Laura's watch, she discovers that their cargo is not what she initially thought it would be. Odd, blood-stilling things come next. This is when it gets really hairy¬ÖCargo is exactly the type of film that I would classify as 'cozy horror'. Having been spoiled by the amount of violence that skyrockets our adrenalin, it's a good idea to step back, take a break and watch something that thrills but doesn't provide a platform for a heart attack. In Cargo, the threat is there, the chill is there, the survival fever is there, the loss is there, but there are no graphic violent images like, say, in Event Horizon. Many reviews tagged Cargo's romance sub-plot as rushed and hardly realistic, thus, in my opinion, overseeing the film's obvious intention to highlight all aspects of human response to a long-term isolation in space which was done exceptionally well in Cargo.Love story in Cargo is not a true love story but a reaction to confinement, paired with normal physio-hormonal reaction to the presence of an opposite sex that human brain mistakenly treats as genuine. Such things are known to happen among a mixed group of people stranded in the mountains, in a desert, in any other extreme hostile environment. It's one of many human survival techniques that Cargo embroiders into the main plot line. A word needs to be said about notable special effects in the movie. Cargo didn't have a multimillion budget to work magic with, which didn't stop the crew from creating vividly detailed astounding imagery with a high quality visual impact-all action takes place in space, custom made, high tech, refined and simply breathtaking.
When I watched the science fiction movie ¬ĄCARGO" I was astonished. Cargo is a low budget movie with a superb look and an amazing story. The film was entirely shot in Switzerland - a country not at all known for producing science fiction movies.The story is solid and involving. It develops steadily, gets more and more momentum and works its way to a climax with some very nice twists and breathtaking space scenes.I was fascinated during the entire movie how these guys were able to produce such a good looking film with so many special effects for such a small budget. The sounddesign as <more>
well is an outstanding piece of art. I recommend to watch "CARGO" in a theatre equipped with a very good sound system."CARGO" is a must-see, it guarantees a lot of excitement.
Cargo packs in substance and style (by katepsimmons)
As breathtaking as it is substantial, Swiss film Cargo is what good science fiction should be: compelling, artistic and effective. One of the film's many strengths is its hypnotic quality. From the opening scenes of an alluring foliage-laden planet that characters hope to settle in lieu of an uninhabitable Earth, viewers are pulled into a world of meticulously-crafted sights and sounds.The story of Dr. Laura Portmann Anna-Katharina Schwabroh soon unfolds, and her journey as a medic on cargo ship Kassandra quickly turns mysterious when it becomes clear she's not the only one awake <more>
during her lonely shift. The plot increases in complexity as details are revealed, but its not what happens that gives the film its power. It's the way the discoveries are revealed.Characters travel crowded corridors that reference and live up to science fiction's finest hello, Ridley Scott ! Dripping water, fan-scattered light and layered audio work alternate between backdrop and foreground, heightening suspense and making the film's world all the more tangible. Directors Ivan Engler and Ralph Etter also bring signature elements to the table, such as the prevalent cold temperature on the ship and the eerie gel that surrounds characters as they enter cryo sleep.Also noteworthy is the way Cargo manages to be simultaneously epic and personal. There is action and there is scope, but there is also poignancy. Science fiction fans will recognize that this is rare, which is likely a part of why many viewers have embraced this film with such excitement.It's not often that a science fiction film of this caliber finds its way to viewers, and, as one lucky audience at this year's South by Southwest Film Festival discovered, seeing this gem on the big screen is magic. Hopefully Cargo will get the American theatrical release it deserves.Note: I reviewed this film for Suite101.com
I'm so glad that I overlooked some of the poor responses posted about this film and rented it. I found it absolutely riveting - and beautiful.The first few minutes recall aspects of the BladeRunner modern cityscape - but on steroids, with the aid of modern day visual effects. The plot is interesting and unfolds nicely keeping your interest and attention. No big stars, no truly stellar performances, but the story line is solid and I was so taken in by it, that I'm going to watch it again tonight, with someone else who's not yet seen it. Some mesmerizing visuals and scenarios. The <more>
lighting is particularly strong, creating great ambiance and dramatic effect, without drawing too much attention to itself. This movie is about human frailty, various emotions and connections, about the work we do in order to follow our dreams. It also relates feelings of being small, powerless, and becoming disconnected because of technology - assessing trust in others and in the systems which dominate our lives, searching for 'truth' and authentic experiences...A very unconventional melding of ideas which for me, worked on many different layers.Highly worth a trip for any Sci-Fi lover.
First of all I'm a bit curious about the low rating of the movie here 6,4 . This is a great movie raising all sorts of questions to the viewer. Which is what a good movie is supposed to do. Identity, sense of belonging, isolation, and the essence of the human nature are just some of the things the movie touches on. Yeah there are plot points that have been explored before in other movies but seriously who cares? It's how you portray those situations and plot. So I wasn't disappointed there. In fact I wasn't disappointed at all!! A brilliant film that will speak to the <more>
audience that loved, "moon".Congrats to all the people involved in this movie. Hope someday it'll be released on Bluray.
A wonderful and touching movie ... (by laszloarato)
Without spoiling anything, I want to recommend this movie as a real thriller where nothing is as it seems, but everything makes sense in the end. And it is a fresh look on a VERY IMPORTANT issue, giving a wonderful but sad perspective on it.If you like "big thinking" in SciFi, this movie will give you the visuals on how huge things can get in zero gravity, with a beautiful space city in the beginning and a cargo ship the size of the empire state building.While it is a little bit lengthy, I think this is a necessary part to truly give you the cold and lonely feeling of space, and so <more>
to make you appreciate the ending and conclusion.Just keep sitting, and you will understand ...Laszlo
Take one part Matrix, one part Event Horizon, add half a measure of Alien, a dash of Solaris and gently stir. Cargo delivers what many sci-fi films fail to deliver these days, and that is real style as well as substance. It's easy to set a 'shoot-em-up' in space or a detective story, but Cargo has so much more. It's moody without being cloying, it's scary without cheap horror tactics, it's thought provoking, it delivers twists and turns, and it is not predictable. It is hard to classify Cargo as it has many elements, and this is what makes it so engrossing. The acting <more>
is believable i.e. being in space for a long time leads to quirky behaviour, people will do anything for a better life, and who can you trust? This is absolutely not a Hollyvoid film with predictable characters and lame values. Instead, Cargo delivers a thoughtful and absorbing film that ranks alongside classics such as Solaris not the Clooney version .