Carriers (film)

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Promotional film poster
Directed by Àlex Pastor
David Pastor
Produced by Anthony Bregman
Ray Angelic
Written by Àlex Pastor
David Pastor
Starring Lou Taylor Pucci
Chris Pine
Piper Perabo
Emily VanCamp
Music by Peter Nashel
Brick Garner
Cinematography Benoît Debie
Editing by Craig McKay
Studio Likely Story
This is that
Distributed by Paramount Vantage
Release dates
  • September 4, 2009 (2009-09-04)
Running time 85 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $5,802,422[1]

Carriers is a 2009 American post-apocalyptic horror film written and directed by Àlex and David Pastor. It stars Lou Taylor Pucci, Chris Pine, Piper Perabo and Emily VanCamp as four people fleeing a viral pandemic.


An infectious virus has spread worldwide, killing almost everyone. Two brothers, Brian (Chris Pine) and Daniel "Danny" Green (Lou Taylor Pucci), along with Brian's girlfriend, Bobby (Piper Perabo), and Danny's school friend, Kate (Emily VanCamp), are heading to Turtle Beach in the southwestern United States, a secluded beach motel where they believe they can wait for the viral pandemic to die out and so they can start a new life.

On their way there, they meet a man, Frank Holloway (Christopher Meloni), and his infected young daughter Jodie (Kiernan Shipka). After attempting to drive away from them, their car breaks down. The four end up returning to Frank in order to acquire his jeep, and are forced to take Frank and Jodie to a nearby high school where a serum for the pandemic is rumored to have been developed. Upon arrival they discover that the serum does not work, and the only doctor (Mark Moses) still alive is about to commit suicide with a remaining group of infected children (whom he plans to kill through non-voluntary euthanasia). Meanwhile, Bobby is accidentally infected by Jodie while trying to help her when she coughs blood on her. She hides her infection from the others. Brian leaves Frank and Jodie behind and takes their car.

After this, they stop at a golf course hotel. Despite Bobby's efforts to prevent it, Brian kisses her and inadvertently infects himself. The golf course is being used as a base by a small group of armed survivalists who ambush and capture the group. After a tense Mexican standoff, they declare their intent to keep the girls. As they force the girls to disrobe to check them for infection, they discover Bobby's rashes and bruises and force them away at gunpoint. Kate stresses that they will end up dead if Bobby continues to travel with them, and Brian ends up leaving a weeping Bobby behind at a deserted gas station.

They almost run out of fuel but encounter two women heading in the opposite direction to them. Danny asks for help, but they refuse. A desperate Brian shoots them for their fuel when they try to drive away. Brian later breaks down under the pressure of having to make all of the difficult decisions in order to keep everyone alive, and Danny discovers that his brother is also infected. At Brian's urging, Danny shoots Brian and burns his mask and infected body. Afterward, Danny and Kate reach Turtle Beach, but Danny realizes that without his brother the place that had seemed so special to them as kids is now empty.



Filmed in New Mexico in late 2006, Carriers was not released by Paramount Vantage until September 2009, following the success of Pine's appearance in Star Trek, released earlier in 2009.[2][3]


Carriers was released on 4 September 2009 in US cinemas,[4] while the DVD followed on 29 December 2009.[5] It grossed $90.8k in US and $5,802,422 worldwide.[1]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Kiernan Shipka was nominated for 'Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actress' at the Young Artist Awards (2010).[6]


As of December 2011, Carriers received mixed reviews with a 61% 'Fresh' rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 31 reviews. The movie was praised for its story, theme and acting performance but the critics focus on the movie's ending.

Rob Nelson, a top critic from Variety said: "Put into extremely limited release by Paramount Vantage after spending years in studio lockdown, Carriers has moments of genuinely communicable horror and thus deserves better than a de facto theatrical quarantine". Paul Chambers from CNN Radio said: "A little more realistic than a zombie flick. Some renegade virus could make the world a "survival of the fittest" ordeal. A very interesting story with some nice reveals". Charles Cassady from Common Sense Media said: "Gloom, not thrills, in sci-fi drama of worldwide plague".[7]


  1. ^ a b Carriers at Box Office Mojo. Retrieved on 2011-12-12.
  2. ^ Chrissinger, Craig W. (September 2009). "Carriers of the wasteland". Fangoria (286) (New York). p. 32. 
  3. ^ Carriers at
  4. ^ Exclusive Clip: Carriers
  5. ^ Carriers Carried to DVD this December
  6. ^ ^ 31st Annual Young Artist Awards, retrieved May 1, 2012
  7. ^ Carriers on Rotten Tomatoes, Rotten Tomatoes, retrieved 2011-09-16 

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