Vic’s Review – “Carriers” (2009)

What’s it About?

As a lethal virus spreads across the globe, brothers Brian (Chris Pine) and Danny (Lou Taylor Pucci), along with Bobby (Piper Perabo) and Kate (Emily VanCamp), seek a supposed plague-free haven.


Directed by David Pastor and Alex Pastor

I must admit, this movie totally slipped by me. Thanks to Netflix Streaming I caught up with this surprisingly tight, well acted and directed plague thriller. It stars Chris Pine (Star Trek) and Lou Taylor Pucci as two brothers who travel with their girlfriends, played by Piper Perabo and Emily Van Camp, across a plague ridden United States. Law and Order’s Chris Meloni stars as well as a desperate dad trying to protect his infected daughter. He unfortunately gets caught up with the brother’s dangerous plans to survive.

The film is actually a road movie and a film about brothers and their differences and conflicts. As the film progresses the brothers are always faced with harsh decisions to make regarding survival from the ravaging disease. The brothers and group face deserted towns, hospitals with infected doctors and children and even face other random, armed survivors with malicious intent. These confrontations allow the actors to really shine. The women show raw emotion and fear. There is one moment involving one of the women that is heart wrenching and the actresses emote powerfully.

Pine and Pucci are the ones to watch here though. They play wonderfully off each other. Unfortunately Meloni has very limited screen time but he uses it well by representing an emotional and paternal side. The film has very capable cinematography and shows us some nice shots of deserted highways and empty landscapes. What little action there is, is well staged and believable. There are good and intense moments involving a dog and a swimming pool. Carriers is a character driven plague flick that plays it straight and tight. Check it out one Saturday night. Enjoy!


  1. Ah, I remember seeing this trailer that year… I’d wanted to see it, but it never reached my area. Jesus, nothing jangles my nerves like a good epidemic movie. I’ll give it a spin if I get my hands on it. Nice review!

  2. Thanks for reading, Nikki! The film really centers more on the effects the epidemic has on the characters. There is no clear cut answers as to why there is a plague. It’s more of a survival flick but it has some gripping moments.

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