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A 2008 horror film directed by John Erick Dowdle

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  • Apr 30, 2010

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 out that there are some infected people inside and they are hungry for flesh, remind you of something. By the time they realize what is going on they are locked in by the authorities who are trying to contain the infection. So they are stuck inside trying to survive and make it out of the building.

For those who do not know this movie is based on an even better film named "REC", a wonderful Spanish film. And while this movie is not horrible it is the weaker of the two in my opinion. This one just seems uneven at times to me and losses its realness after a while, the first half of this film is great though. At first this film feels more like a documentary for real but half way through it goes into a "Cloverfield" feel. You know what I mean like the camera overly shaking but the ending is great.

Writers John Erick Dowdle [also director] and Drew Dowdle to their credit do a good job remaking the original for American audiences. I say that as compared to other remakes of this kind because this one at least does have some creepy moments. There is some great behind the scenes footage that shows how these guys filmed this movie, interesting stuff and they do a good job on the commentary. As far as the acting every one is solid and believable in the situation, I was really surprised by that.

This is a decent movie that I fond to be entertaining enough for at least a rental, my Bro agreed with me on that. To any one who has yet to see this I would recommend a viewing because you may enjoy it. But at the same time check out the original film "REC", for those who don't know that film was released in America officially on July 14 I believe.

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April 30, 2010
It's okay for people who don't like to read their movies I suppose, but I couldn't see any sense in remaking a movie before it's even had an American release! You're right about the Spanish language film being the better of the 2. I've seen them both. In fact I saw the American version first through a strange quirk of fate. The endings are a bit different though.
May 02, 2010
Could not agree more, why remake something before the first one is even out? But that is the way it goes I suppose.
April 30, 2010
Yup. I liked this one too but the original was so damn better. Seen [REC]? Love to see your take on it...Nice review on this one!
May 01, 2010
May 02, 2010
I have indeed seen that film good sir, I should review it at some point. And thanks very much C
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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. 
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Director: John Erick Dowdle
Genre: Horror
Release Date: October 10th 2008
MPAA Rating: R
Runtime: 89 Mins.
Studio: Vertigo Entertainment
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