In case you haven’t seen it yet, Netflix just released a new apocalyptic film set in Australia called Cargo. It stars Martin Freeman, who in the past has played Dr. Watson, a Hobbit, and a recurring CIA agent in the Avengers movies. He’s a great actor and brings that to this film as well.
One of my key likes about this film is that it is so character focused that it works away from the typical man vs. zombie scenarios. It’s also nice to see a film that’s in a new locale and not your normal ‘people trapped in a big city fare’. Martin Freeman does a superb job as the main character of the film. Another notable performance is by Simone Landers, who plays the young aboriginal girl.
If you enjoy apocalyptic films, I would definitely recommend this one.
And now, here are 10 lessons you can learn from the movie…
- Have a plan and a back-up plan for when Murphy shows up. This is even if you’re not a serious prepper, but a normal bloke with a family and a regular job. I’ve talked about this before. If you prep for zombies, you’re pretty much good for ordinary stuff too, like wildfires and hurricanes.
- Develop plans and protocols for simple acts like scavenging and sleeping and follow them.
- Learn the basics of life without society and tech before the Big Bad happens. For example, hardly anyone knows how to start a fire without a lighter.
- Have a plan for dealing with family when they get sick, crazy, or mutated. Good plan or not, Josie has a plan for dealing with her dad in the movie.
- Decide what vestiges of society you’ll maintain in the apocalypse. Will you try to act like you do now or go full on Old Testament on everyone?
- Be careful who you trust and befriend.
- Decide ahead of time the circumstances under which you’ll help people and possibly endanger yourself and others to do so. This is covered extensively in Rawles’ book Patriots and my own companion to it.
- Always keep your eyes peeled for a Cleverman. There’s always someone who has more knowledge than you and can pass it on.
- Take help where you can get it.
- Find something worth surviving for outside of yourself. It could be a cause, a group, family, or anything else that drives you.
If you watch it, I hope you enjoy the movie. As always, I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments below.
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