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Cargo - A Complicated Look at the Darker Side of Paradise
By Rouén Robinson
Mar 10, 2017 - 1:32:05 AM

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A down on his luck fisherman finds himself in a situation that requires him to do something illegal in order to provide for his family. When his position begins to shift due to the plight of those involved, it becomes clear that no one will be left untainted by the dire straits each individual must find the will to survive through.

Kevin Pinder is a fisherman trying to keep his family together by any means necessary as he deals with a son in an expensive boarding school, an agoraphobic wife and a mother suffering from dementia. Celianne is an illegal immigrant trying to make a better life for her son, but when the pressures of living in her current environment begin to mount she decides on a desperate plan. Eddie is Kevin’s friend who has been there for him during the good times and makes up his mind to help him on a venture that could bring him an unimaginable windfall if successful. Jean is an immigrant looking to improve his lot in life, but when he suffers a setback he blames Kevin for he takes it upon himself to make sure he does right by him.

Cargo is a film that intelligently shows you different aspects of the immigration situation in The Bahamas. The fact that it uses different points of view helps you to see the fear that sometimes fuels the decisions of those involved and does not shy away from multi-faceted characterization. This topic is far from black & white and under the beautiful tropical sky and on the crystal blue Bahamian sea there are people with murky souls trying to eke out a life that is no vacation. Warren Brown and Gessica Geneus give strong performances that show two sides of the same coin of desperation when the life you expect to lead does not go the way you first intend.

Kareem Mortimer as the writer and director is able to bring a vision to the silver screen that is not widely seen, but can be understood by anyone who has felt the kind of love that becomes a burden under certain circumstances. There is a complexity to the movie that is reminiscent of Children of God and makes me want to see what else this filmmaker has to offer with his view of this particular diaspora.

I rate this a 4 out of 5.

Limited Release

See other reviews by Rouén HERE.

Rouén Robinson has been an avid moviegoer since childhood and has been critiquing motion pictures for almost a decade. He has been a film critic for The Cinemas on Tempo and was a judge for FLIFF On Location: Grand Bahama Island, an off shoot of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF). Rouén lives in Grand Bahama and can be reached at redr1976@icloud.com and on Twitter @thereelrouen

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