I was intrigued by Cargo after seeing the trailer on YouTube and so I purchased the DVD.
What I really liked about this film is the mood. It felt like a mix between Bladerunner and Alien. You can almost feel the cold chilling your bones when the lead character, Doctor Laura Portmann, first ventures down to the spaceship's dank cargo hold. You can also relate to her loneliness as she fights boredom while on watch duty as the rest of the crew sleeps in a cryogenic chamber. There's a grim atmosphere throughout the movie that appealed to me very much.
The story is unfortunately not quite as strong as the visuals but it's a mildly intriguing mystery that keeps you guessing nonetheless. (unlike another reviewer, I won't spoil the plot twist even though it's a tad predictable.)
The weak aspects of the film are the action scenes. The director is obviously very skilled at mood and shooting visually stunning sequences but when it comes to confrontation and gun play, somehow it all seems too staged and those scenes have very little impact. However, these sequences are few and far between so they don't detract too much from the story's eerie, slow-paced flow.
The acting is okay if not a little lifeless. Then again, the crew are on an 8-year trip inside a depressing spaceship so you can't expect them to be all chirpy.
By default, the DVD plays the dubbed version in English, which is pretty bad. You'll enjoy this film a lot more if you watch it in German with English subtitles.
*** 1/2 stars.