The Best Movie of 2009…

15 Dec

…That No One Saw

My choice for the best film of 2009 is the Carriers (starring Chris Pine, Piper Perabo, Lou Taylor Pucci, Christopher Meloni and Mad Men’s finest: Kiernan Shipka). While I first heard of the film early in the year, I lost track of it during all the schedule changes and lack of promotion. It wasn’t until Stephen King briefly wrote about it in his Entertainment Weekly column that I sought it out.

The thriller perfectly captures the paranoia surrounding the Swine Flu pandemic. While not directly related to the H1N1 virus, the movie explores a world in which few survivors struggle to fight infection and cling to hope. The movie’s characters, while not fully developed, are surprisingly adept to surviving the plague. Yet their youth and lack of attention-to-detail ultimately get them into trouble. Carriers is not without its flaws. Christopher Meloni was woefully underused and I didn’t care for the tone/narrative shift towards the end. But those are minor details! Much like Spielberg’s War of the Worlds, the narrative successfully avoids any mention of military action or the genesis of the plague. Those lingering subplots create a void, which suspense quickly fills. Just don’t be the first person to cough after watching this movie.

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One Response to “The Best Movie of 2009…”

  1. Barb 2009/12/21 at 22:12 #

    Thanks for your review. Cough! Mom

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