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Carriers (2009)

Christopher Pine , Piper Perabo , Alex Pastor , David Pastor  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Christopher Pine, Piper Perabo, Lou Taylor Pucci, Emily VanCamp
  • Directors: Alex Pastor, David Pastor
  • Writers: David Pastor, Àlex Pastor
  • Producers: Ray Angelic, Anthony Bregman, Robert Velo
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: December 29, 2009
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002TZS5GU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,185 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Carriers" on IMDb

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Four kids are driving through the desert on the way to the beach, their faces anything but cheery: this isn't Spring Break. They're trying to outrun the end of the world and each other. In Alex and David Pastor's Carriers, no one is safe from the viral pandemic threatening to wipe out the human race. Determined to elude the deadly virus, Danny (Lou Taylor Pucci), his brother Brian (Chris Pine), his girlfriend Bobby (Piper Perabo) and Danny's school friend Kate (Emily VanCampo) speed across the Southwestern U.S. to reach a place of possible safety. Over the course of four days, the group is faced with moral decisions that no human should ever be forced to face. They discover that their greatest enemy is not the microbe attacking humanity, but the darkness within themselves.

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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a watch for viral zombie film fans December 15, 2009
Brian and Danny grew up as two brothers who were relatively close to one another. They cherish the memories they have of Turtle Beach, a beach their family vacationed to every summer. The abandoned motel in Turtle Beach may be their best bet of surviving the highly contagious disease that now plagues the entire country and possibly the world. Not much is known about the virus other than the victims coughing up blood and bleeding from the ears as their condition worsens. Brian actually came up with a few rules that will hopefully get him, his girlfriend Bobby, his brother Danny, and Danny's friend Kate through this disease ridden world to Turtle Beach clean. The rules include avoiding the infected at all costs, disinfecting anything they've touched in the past 24 hours, and that the infected are already dead as there is no cure. You may survive if you stick to the rules, but actually abiding by them is an entirely different story.

Right off the bat, people are probably going to compare Carriers to Zombieland because of the rules. Carriers was released a full month before Zombieland, but Paramount Vantage folded upon its initial release causing its wide release to be an extremely limited one at the last minute (I think it wound up playing at only two theaters in the country). Expectations rise unintentionally in situations such as this. "This is that horror film that was practically shelved earlier this year and is finally being released." The result is a horror film that is well worth watching, but may not be entirely what you're expecting.

Carriers is more about establishing an atmosphere than anything else. Everything is abandoned and rightfully so as most people were picked off handfuls at a time by this pandemic.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intense the entire way through February 1, 2010
Format:Amazon Instant Video
I just heard about this movie and since I'm a fan of viral movies and/or Chris Pine, I checked it out! Basic premise is that four travelers are attempting to hit a possibly safe/tucked away location from the lead character's childhood - all the while trying to steer clear of infected people. Naturally, this proves hard to do.

One of the things you notice about this film is that the cast is very strong and very believeable. These are just regular people who are just trying to survive as society completely disintegrates and the rules change. The director made smart choices in my opinion with no few special effects - and thus making the film simply more realistic, barren, and terrifying. The film raises the question of what would you do if faced with the same situation? And it does make you think.

Choices and rules are difficult and they have to be. Chris Pine is very strong in the lead role and it's a great change from his role as Jim Kirk. He still is very charming at times but also reveals he can go the distance emotionally.

This is one of the better movies I've seen of this genre in a long time and it's completely worth your time. Seriously.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More depressing than The Road September 19, 2011
On the surface, Carriers appears to be a very shallow movie. We have the typical road trip mix of daredevil jock (Chris Pine as Brian Green) and his loose girlfriend Bobby (Piper Perabo), nebbish nerd and Brian's brother Danny (Lou Taylor Pucci), and pretty-but-distant blonde Kate (Emily VanCamp). As the film progresses it becomes clear that the Greens stole the car, that they're on a road trip to a distant beach, and that asking "alive or dead?" when playing twenty questions is a "trick question." And that's the moment when we realize a plague has brought about the end of the world.

The brothers abide by three rules: 1) Avoid the infected at all costs because their breath is highly contagious. 2) Disinfect anything an infected person has touched in the last 24 hours. 3) The sick are already dead.

This is a movie about stupid people teetering on the brink of insanity. Brian's gung-ho exterior hides a scarred soul that has buried too many bodies. Danny's cowardly quiet conceals a calculating intellect. Bobby seeks refuge in the possibility of having children with Brian, while Kate tries every payphone she can find to call her family in the vain hope that the line still works...and that there's anyone left to call. These are deeply flawed survivors who have only made it so far because they flee at a moment's notice.

In our fast-food, GPS-guided, mobile phone culture, our cars are oases in a sea of parkways. We have no idea who lives in the towns we pass through; the people we speak to at a rest stop or a restaurant we may never see again. In Carriers, to stop moving is death, which is why rule number one is so important - in a world where everyone is infected, avoiding them means driving forever.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Carriers: Whatever It Takes? July 13, 2010
Carriers follows a small group of youngsters as they tear through the American Southwest in search of refuge from a particularly virulent global pandemic. It eschews much in the way of an exploration of the condition that has decimated humanity, simply sketching out the scenario as background to the smaller scale human drama at its heart. The four leads are all excellent--notably Chris Pine who plays Brian with much of the same bravado that he brought to the young Kirk in what was to be his next role--which is just as well given this is mostly a character piece. As such it plays out its themes of compassion, euthanasia, responsibility and coming-of-age and explores just what kinds of actions and decisions it might take to survive in a post-apocalyptic society in which all the comforts and niceties of day-to-day life as we know it have gone to hell. It's this approach to the drama and its unyielding execution that sets the movie apart from its otherwise familiar set-up of the road trip in flight from the end of the world, and as such makes it a worthwhile watch.

--Adam Chamberlain
Revelation Magazine
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2.0 out of 5 stars I Cheered on the Deaths of the Main Characters
My biggest complaint about this movie were the characters; I get it. They were doing whatever it took to survive and many people would probably do the same thing. Read more
Published 9 days ago by ssgtnelson
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not bad. Could almost be a B rate movie
Published 15 days ago by Derrick Bursler
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This was a good movie, just the ending was a bit weird!
Published 19 days ago by DVD / Movie Aficionado
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story. Shows how quickly humanity breaks down in ...
Great story. Shows how quickly humanity breaks down in a crisis, and also how being generous in a society with no rules can get you killed.
Published 21 days ago by desertdog
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I thought it was an awesome movie
Published 21 days ago by Nathan Pleshek
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Gary Woolsey
1.0 out of 5 stars Get in your car and drive past this bad end of world movie
I am all about survival, post apocalyptic, fear the people close to you movies. Unfortunately the tiny budget on this film did not stretch far enough to make it palatable, just... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Hockey & Chopin
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Not more than a stroy no action
Published 1 month ago by Mohammed
4.0 out of 5 stars Chris Pine is typed against expected "character" & good as are all the...
Surprised how well done & enjoyable this "viral disaster" movie is. But most important was the character development; I cared about these few main people. Read more
Published 1 month ago by wis gert
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good movie!
Published 2 months ago by Scott L.
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