Freaky Friday: Chris Pine in ‘Carriers’

Welcome to Freaky Friday, our ongoing series that highlights our extensive, awesome collection of free horror movies on Tubi TV. Whether you like blockbuster sequels, moody foreign films, or gore-filled comedies, we’ve got the film for your tastes. This week, we’re sharing our contagious (we hope) love for pandemic thriller Carriers, starring Chris Pine, Lou Taylor Pucci, Emily VanCamp, and Piper Perabo.

In anticipation of his Pine’s first hosting gig on Saturday Night Live this weekend and co-starring in Wonder Woman later this summer, Carriers seemed like the perfect pick for this week’s Freaky Friday movie. Released the same year as Pine made his debut in Star Trek as Captain James T. Kirk, the film was made a few years earlier, but it finally came to theaters in 2009 to capitalize on Pine’s newfound stardom.

Pine and Pucci star as Brian and Danny, brothers who are struggling to survive in a world ravaged by a highly contagious pandemic. They’re attempting to drive to safety, along with Brian’s girlfriend, Bobby (Perabo) and Danny’s friend Kate (VanCamp). Along the road, they encounter a desperate father (Christopher Meloni) and his infected daughter (Kiernan Shipka), as well as a host of other infected people.

Like The Walking Dead, what’s scariest about Carriers isn’t the virus itself. It’s about what humans do to each other in these situations that will have you squirming in your seat. And don’t let the PG-13 rating deter you; this movie is bleak, with a look at humanity that is dark and unflinching.

Perhaps due to his looks, Pine’s dramatic–and even his comedic–chops are often neglected. But he’s given tough work here when things go south (as they inevitably do). Check out Hell or High Water and Into the Woods for more insight into his range. Tubi TV also has one of Pine’s earliest films, Confession.

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Originally published at on May 5, 2017.

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