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Cargo Review: Sweet Blend of Hindu Mythology and Science Fiction but It Could Have Been Better!

Vikrant Massey as Prahastha in Cargo.

Vikrant Massey as Prahastha in Cargo.

MovieCargo

Cast

Vikrant Massey, Shweta Tripathi.

Director by

Arati Kadav

Produced by

Navin Shetty, Shlok Sharma, Arati Kadav, Anurag Kashyap

Written by

Arati Kadav

Music by

Shezan Shaikh

Distributed by

Netflix

Release date

19th October 2019 (MAMI). 9th September 2020 (India)

Running time

113 minutes

Country

India

Language

Hindi

Trailer

Plot: (4/5)

The plot of the movie is something new and unique. The content is fresh.

After signing a treaty by Humans and Rakshas, A spaceship is set, where souls of the deceased(cargo) are readied for reincarnation, a lone crew member's rigid existence is disrupted by a spry new assistant.

With such a unique concept, it is a great step by the team to give Indian science fiction content a ray of hope. It's likely that we are gonna see more such new concept movies in future.

Shweta Tripathi as Yuvishka Shekhar in Cargo.

Shweta Tripathi as Yuvishka Shekhar in Cargo.

Story: (2/5)

One who watches Science fiction movies on regular basis, they can understand that most of them are silent and are slow paced. Cargo comes in the same category.

The story introduces in a positive way, but as we reached half of the movie it gets so slowed that you might lose interest to watch it further. But, with its unique plot it forces you to complete the movie.

At the end, the utmost satisfaction is missing. But, still it's not that bad. Indian cinema is still not matured enough to balance such stories, so that's fine and even excused for the dare they have taken to make such a movie.

Vikrant Massey as Prashastha in Cargo.

Vikrant Massey as Prashastha in Cargo.

Acting: (3/5)

Acting is one of the strong factor. Both Vikrant Massey and Shweta Tripathi has done well. They have a different personalities in movie. They perfectly fits in there character.

Vikrant plays the character of Prashastha who is Strict and silent. He is highly dedicated to his work and likes to work privately and in his own space. He has the power to lift things. He is one of the first astronaut to go in spaceship and is a popular figure on earth. He is inspiration to many young astronauts who have dreams to go to spaceship.

While the character of Shweta Tripathi, Yuvishka, is totally opposite of Prashastha. She is a happy soul, who loves to explore new things. She loves to do vlogging and is very active with her fans. She has a special power to heal the dead persons. Yes, she can heal the dead once they arrives at spaceship.

Direction: (3/5)

Arati Kadav has both written and directed Cargo. First of all, well done, for such a unique concept. Second thing, writing could have been better. There is a flaw in writing which, even her direction couldn't fill up. But still, well done. We would love to see more of such unique content from her.

Vikrant Massey and Shweta Tripathi in Cargo.

Vikrant Massey and Shweta Tripathi in Cargo.

Cinematography: (2/5)

The camera work is decent. It's not like the shots taken are exceptional unique. We have seen such cinematography before. But, Keeping in mind that there was not much spice in the story, this type of cinematography is still good.

Bollywood don't produce much sci-fi content. That to, movies whose plots are based in space are very very very rare. So, a big shout-out to the team for taking such a daring step.

Shweta Tripathi as Yuvishka in Cargo.

Shweta Tripathi as Yuvishka in Cargo.

Music: (1/5)

The only field that let me down in this movie is music/bgm. There are no songs for every situation, as every other typical Bollywood movie, thank god! Also, it's a low budget movie, so can't expect much from it, that to a space oriented movie.

Could have been better. No problem. You can excuse it.

Editing/VFX: (2/5)

Editing is fine. Everything seems to be real. Not many green screen effects. But, all the effects used looks pretty good and real. For the making of spaceship, they have used artistic materials instead of green screen effects. It looks realistic.

Overall it looks real and good. The need for effects is less so it will not let you down.

Uniqueness/Rewatchability: (2/5)

This movie is really new in itself. It comes with unique concept and its unique content. In Bollywood we don't see such a good Sci-fi movies. It will give you a different experience with the skills of its talented actors who makes everything real.

The negative point is the it's stretched length, music and immature story. If you think you connects with the story and if you can excuse the music, then surely you will watch this movie again and again!

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Comments

Megha Ginnare from BHOPAL on September 23, 2020:

Shweta and Vikrant both are my favorites and after reading your article I would like to watch Cargo. Well written.