A fire crew, reporter and camera man get locked in an apartment building where the residents have a rabies-style zombie disease spreading on the inside. The building is under quarantine by CDC, and one-by-one everybody dies (about 20 people)?
I can imagine [REC] is a far superior film, but I still enjoyed this, hunkered down on the sofa tending a cold. The cast do a pretty good job with the material, and the pace is well-maintained up until the last 20 minutes (more so than The Blair Witch Project which seems really long and aimless for the most part). There are some genuinely creepy moments, and the end scene is a very effective piece of film making(the ending of the original is on YouTube and looks even better). It starts to unwind a little in Act 3 when they play up the zombie factor a little too much, and most of this part feels like an onslaught of the undead.
I quite enjoyed the extras on the DVD - the apartment complex was completely built as a set on a soundstage, and some of the stunts were interesting to see filmed. I'm not sure why they make absolutely no reference whatsoever to the original though, since it seems to have copied very large tracts from its Spanish heritage.
** out of **** You might as well not listen to anything I say in this review. "Quarantine" was not made for me, or anybody who saw the original film that it is based off of, "REC". It was impossible for me to enjoy myself, as the film doesn't intend on delivering much new; but maybe that's what some people will like about it. Formula works with some people and tells others, almost instantly, to stay far away. The formula that "Quarantine" is using works, but that doesn't … more
I love these shaky camera movies. Movies like these really ramp up the tension for the viewers. Quarentine was a great movie. Yeah I know its a zombie flick GOD KNOWS HOW MANY OF THOSE IVE SEEN. But what makes Quarentine different from all ths others is where it takes place and the circumstances that the characters find themselves in. Quarentine like all horror movies starts off mondane, then quckly makes its way to the supernatural.The basic plot of the movie is that a new network whats to do a … more
I am not exactly fond of remakes. True, some of my favorite films like Cronenberg's "The Fly" and Carpenter's "The Thing" were major remakes which are arguably better than the original. I do somewhat believe that sometimes remakes are necessary because of the generation and the age of the original. However, the recent remakes of Asian horror were more disasters than successes. (I think "The Ring" was the last decent Asian horror remake) "Quarantine" … more
QUARANTINE Angela is a reporter who is working a story on a local fire department; she is having fun but is looking to go out on a call. So she films herself hanging out with and playing around with the firemen waiting to get some really good footage. She finally gets her wish when the alarm goes off and every one is rushing to the fire trucks. When they come across the building the call came from they notice it is not on fire, but something wicked is waiting inside. Turns … more
This review will contain spoilers. You've been warned. When I first even heard of Quarantine, I was at a rental shop checking out some games for the Nintendo Wii, and the cashier was watching it on a TV next to the register. At first I thought I was watching the Blair Witch Project due to the style of filming the movie incorporates; all shot from the perspective of one of the actors on a hand-held camera. Instantly intrigued, I shortly thereafter sat down with … more
Quarantine is a realistic horror film released in 2008, directed by John Erick Dowdle and written with his brother Drew Dowdle. The film is shot entirely from the perspective of one man's camera as he and a news reporter (the two played by Steve Harris and Jennifer Carpenter, respectively) shadow a unit of firefighters as they answer a call for assistance that turns into a terrifying experience for everyone involved. Also featuring Jay Hernandez and Greg Germann.
It is a remake of the Spanish Horror film titled "REC" which was released in 2007; which had achieved major box-office acclaim all over Europe. Jennifer Carpenter plays the lead role in place of Manuela Velasco. Part of the "Americanization" of Horror films.