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Cargo (2018) - Movie Review

“You just killed me!”

It is hard to feel sympathy for businessman Anthony Peterson (Ron Thompson).  He’s been kidnapped and, with only a cell phone left in the large shipping container with him, literally has no physical contact with anyone else throughout the movie.  He’s being held hostage.  And the person responsible for his kidnapping also has his wife.  And if he wants to see her again, he needs to come up with a whole lot of money in a short amount of time. 

Because the kidnapper (voiced by Eliot) is not fucking around.  At all.

"It might run a little on the short side, but the thrills within this black metal cargo container – including a grisly scene of self-harm – are big enough to be impressive and not ignored."

There is a reason.  Peterson is an asshole and the people he surrounds himself with are also assholes.  Funny how that works.  How do we know this?  Because the associates he chooses to call for help have also helped him arrange a whole lot of South American killings.  These people – mainly his closest associates – reveal his true story. . . even as he denies it to them. 

It becomes apparent, thanks to some high voltage shocks running throughout the black container, that Peterson, growing all the more frustrated at his solo situation, has some tough, tough lessons to learn.

And this one, involving $10 million, might be his costliest.  Sure, he only cares about himself but, as the movie continues, it becomes apparent that he at least cares a little bit about the state of his trophy wife.   I mean, syphoning trust funds from your kids in order to save your own ass?  How low can you go, Mr. Peterson? {googleads}

Co-starring (via telephone conversations) Corbin Timbrook, Jose Rosete, J.C. Maçek III, Mark Wood, and Dankia Fields, Cargo manages to be an intense experience.  Even if we do wish Mr. Peterson ill.  I mean, hell, leaving your first wife because she’s an invalid?  Wow.  Seriously, the dude believes his own shit doesn’t stink.  His associates and even his son, Evan (Matthew Rosvally), know he is worthless. 

Maybe the next 24-hours will change all that.  Maybe.

Cargo (2018) - Movie Review

Written and directed by James Dylan and punctuated by a thrilling electronic score by Tangerine Dream’s frontman Thorsten Quaeschning, Cargo – not to be confused with that other zombie-filled flick starring Martin Freeman – is now available through VOD thanks to Wild Eye Releasing.  It might run a little on the short side, but the thrills within this black metal cargo container – including a grisly scene of self-harm – are big enough to be impressive and not ignored.

This is a thriller – at times dipping into the horror genre – where the past catches up with Mr. Generosity himself.  He has surrounded himself with murderers, kidnappers, and thieves and a ransom is due.  And, thanks to a solid one-man performance from Thompson, the movie absolutely works.

Cargo is now available through streaming and VOD services everywhere.

3 stars


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MPAA Rating: Unrated.
80 mins
: James Dylan
James Dylan
Eliot, Danika Fields, J.C. Maçek III
: Crime | Horror
Anthony Peterson has 24 hours of air, a cell phone, and no way out.
Memorable Movie Quote: "if you contact any authorities, you die."
Wild Eye Releasing
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Release Date:
November 13, 2018
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Synopsis: A man wakes trapped inside a cargo container with only a cell phone and is given 24 hours by his kidnappers to raise ten million dollars in ransom or die.


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