Director: Ivan Engler, Ralph Etter
Starring: Anna-Katharina Schwabroh, Martin Rapold, Michael Finger
Duration: 120 min.
It is the year 2267. After the earth has become uninhabitable due to an ecological collapse, the remaining people live on overcrowded space stations in Earth's orbit. The young doctor Laura Portmann is one of them. She hopes for a better future alongside her sister on the distant planet Rhea, but to get there, she needs money. She signs up with Kuiper Enterprises for a job on the decrepit cargo ship Kassandra, heading for an eight-year flight to unmanned Station #42 and back.
Cargo is the debut feature film from Swiss directors Ivan Engler and Ralph Etter. It is a Sci-Fi thriller set in the distant future where humans have messed up the Earth for good and are forced to live like refugees in orbiting space stations while dreaming of a better life on the planet Rhea, an expensive remote paradise.
The films visuals are very impressive for a low budget production, especially the space stations, vast floating cities on rotating rings lit only by Blade Runner style neon billboards and jumbo-trons. The interior spaces are cold, dark and ugly, with cramped corridors and low ceilings, you really get a sense of how lonely and unwelcoming a place it is.
As with many sci-fi films the story isn't perfectly logical nor is it entirely original, though it does still offer a few unique ideas and explores some themes not normally found in this genre. However, it's the artfully crafted and immersive atmosphere that make this worth seeing.