Alien Cargo

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Alien Cargo
Alien cargo.jpg
International poster
Directed by Mark Haber
Produced by Brian Burgess, Jennifer Davis, Chip Hayes, Michael Lake
Written by Carla Jean Wagner
Starring Jason London
Missy Crider
Simon Westaway
Elizabeth Alexander
Alan Dale
Warwick Young
Music by Patrick O'Hearn
Distributed by Wilshire Court Productions
Release dates
  • January 28, 1999 (1999-01-28)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Alien Cargo is a 1999 science fiction film starring Jason London, Missy Crider, Elizabeth Alexander and Alan Dale, as the crew of a space-cargo transport ship, which is attacked by an unknown alien life form that manipulates all organic life into releasing their inner evil psyche.

Plot[edit]

After months of hyper-sleep aboard the cargo transport ship Solar System Shipping Vessel No.17 (SSS-17), two crew members awaken - Christopher 'Chris' McNiel (Jason London) and Theta Kaplan (Missy Crider).

They discover they've been awakened from hyper-sleep, by the ship's on-board computer, almost ten months past their scheduled time, as something has gone terribly wrong aboard the ship.

The ship's internal systems are badly damaged, and have almost no fuel.

They slowly realize that the vessel's first shift probably killed each other, and caused the ship's desolated condition, but as of yet, don't know why.

They calculate that they have only 9 hours of life support power left and then it will fail. With the help of the ship's log they discover a space probe that one of the crew of the first shift brought on board. They then find a strange substance and begin to analyze it.

Soon after the probe and substance discovery, they try to kill each other in a running struggle throughout the damaged ship.

Meanwhile a nearby deep space research ship following a comet evaluate if they can attempt a rescue.

Eventually Theta finds a cure for the substance on the space probe. It's a biological contamination which induces violent psychosis, but the substance is countered by cold.

Theta needs help to inoculate the crew, so she has to lure Chris, so she can administer a potent cure for the substance. She succeeds, and Chris is brought back to his senses. They then have to convince the research ship to try a rescue plan to slingshot the crew over.

As they make departure preparations, they discover the drug did not work and are still infected, thus cannot risk contaminating the crew or their rescuers.

They decide to transfer the uninfected sleepers over with minutes to spare before their sleep chambers fail.

Chris and Theta decide to remain with No.17 as it hurtles towards the sun, to prevent future contamination.

To while away the time left, they dismantle the probe and discover it contains a canister of the blue contaminant.

It is discovered that the probe was originally from Earth.

It is hypothesised that the probe accidentally picked up the virus in space, and then accidentally contaminated an unknown alien race, who either as retaliation for a perceived attack, or as mere vengeance, sent the probe back where it came from.

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