In just a little more time then it takes you to read this review (depending on how quickly you read) you can watch the short film Cargo. It’s just over seven minutes long, but manages to pack as much emotional punch as any movie that’s ever won Best Drama at The Oscars.
The film starts with Dad waking up bleary-eyed after a car wreck during the zombie apocalypse. He looks over at Mom and it’s clear that she’s seen better days- white eyes, bad skin, grunting incoherently- she is now one of the living dead. Luckily, she was safety conscious and put her seatbelt on before they left and can’t get to Dad. He does the right thing and puts her down, but gets bitten in the process. In the middle of nowhere, he has a limited amount of time to get his daughter to safety. What follows is a heart-wrenching example of the lengths that a parent will go to for their child. Knowing that he will soon be dead, he comes up with a plan that seems iffy at best, but is his only possible option.
I enjoy gore and horror as much as anyone, but don’t mind when an author or filmmaker stray away from them. Cargo isn’t horrific, but it is suspenseful, well written, emotionally jarring, and thought-provoking. As a fan of all things zombie, I loved this short. If you have seven minutes to spare, I would highly recommend you spend that time watching it.