In Cargo, Martin Freeman stars as a conflicted man facing down a zombie apocalypse. That may sound similar to something you’ve seen before, be it in shows like The Walking Dead or World War Z, but the differences here are all-important. For starters, Freeman’s character Andy is a father of a young baby girl, and since he soon becomes infected by the very devils he’s been avoiding, his quest is not to survive his fate at all, but to provide for his infant child. Taking things a step further is the setting, which places Cargo in the Australian Outback and folds in an Aboriginal community as both an existential threat and only hope of salvation where Andy and his daughter are concerned.
To delve too deeply into the plot before Cargo has a chance to screen for wider audiences seems like a disservice. I’m hoping for something akin to The Road, as this first trailer for the film suggests. Fingers crossed for this one!
Directed by Yolanda Ramke and Ben Howling, and written by Ramke, Cargo also stars Natasha Wanganeen and David Gulpilil and will make its International Premiere at the upcoming 2018 Tribeca Film Festival before arriving on Netflix May 18th.
Check out the first official trailer for Cargo below:
Here’s the film’s official synopsis:
From the producer of The Babadook, and starring Martin Freeman, comes Cargo. Based on the viral short film, this is the story of a man and his infant daughter who are stranded in the middle of a zombie apocalypse in rural Australia. And when he becomes infected, the countdown begins for him to find her protection before he changes forever.
For a look at the original short film, which comes with the obvious spoiler warning when it comes to the feature-length adaptation, check it out below:
Stranded in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, a man sets in motion an unlikely plan to protect his precious daughter. Directed by Ben Howling & Yolanda Ramke