Apparently “Unstoppable” won’t be “Star Trek” star Chris Pine’s first movie post-”Trek” after all: he actually has a new movie coming out later this year called “Carriers”, which from the sounds of it appears to be very “28 Days Later”-ish, minus the sunlight fearing maniacs and R-rated blood and violence, as “Carriers” is coming to you as a PG-13 movie. Also, Chris Pine fans should be warned: it doesn’t look like Pine is the star of the movie, and if anything will probably die a terrible and painful death, being one of those alpha male types who does very, very bad things to survive.
The film has apparently been around for a while, before Pine shot to stardom in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” reboot, but is just now getting a release date thanks in no small part to Pine’s popularity. How do you know it’s been around? Well, the main plot of the movie is bird flu (though the official plot synopsis below never actually calls it that by name, the trailer that showed up last year (also below) does), and that panic died down what, a year or two ago? Looks like they’re gonna have to do some fancy editing in post-production to make the film feel less late to the party.
A deadly virus has spread across the globe. Contagion is everywhere, no one is safe, and no one can be trusted. Four young attractive people race through the back roads of the American West to the pounding beat of a vacation soundtrack. Their aim is to retreat to a secluded Utopian beach in the Gulf of Mexico, where they could peacefully wait out the pandemic and survive the apocalyptic disease. Carriers follow their getaway through a surreal and dangerous world where laws and rules no longer apply.
Their plans take a grim turn when their car breaks down on an isolated road, starting a chain of events that will seal the fate of each of them in an inexorable and horrifying voyage of hell through a western landscape populated by only the hideous dead or the twisted living. Their desperate retreat south turns into a deadly battle against infected children, homicidal doctors, crazed survivalists, rabid dogs, and finally, each other. The virus is the least of their problems as horrible choices must be made in the face of lost humanity.
Starring Piper Perabo, Lou Taylor Pucci, Chris Pine, Emily Van Camp, Kiernan Shipka, Christopher Meloni, and Dale Malley. Written and directed by Spaniards Àlex Pastor and David Pastor.
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