Quarantine

2008-12-12 10:22
 
Quarantine
What it's about:

A small film crew from a documentary TV show spends a night filming fire fighters. Lead by the intrepid presenter Angela (Jennifer Carpenter), the team accompanies some firefighters on a call to a disturbance at a block of flats. Upon arrival, the police and firefighters are viciously attacked by hysterical old woman who seems to be suffering from an unknown disease. Before they can get help, the building is quarantined from the outside, and more people start showing signs of the infection.

What we thought of it:

Quarantine is a shot for shot (for most part) remake of cult Spanish horror movie [Rec] (2007), that has garnered rave reviews from critics and fans alike. Made in the faux documentary style of Blair Witch Project (1999) and Cloverfield (2008), it is rather thin on originality and plot, but more than compensates with one hell of a creepy atmosphere and enough visceral shocks to keep even the most hardened horror freaks on the edge of their seats.

Without giving too much away, a bunch of people end up trapped in a building with others suffering from some mystery illness that turns them into bloodthirsty killers. It’s dead simple, and despite the obvious similarities to 28 Days Later (2002), this rather worn plot works amazingly well in such claustrophobic confines.

After a decidedly light-hearted introduction at the fire station, it takes mere minutes for the action to kick in, and when it does, Quarantine goes straight for your throat and shakes you like a Doberman mauling a helpless pigeon.

To his credit, director Eric John Dowdle has taken the already terrifying source material up a notch where possible, while remaining true to the vision of the original. That is no mean feat in itself considering [Rec] was only released a year ago. It's relentlessly tense and misses few opportunities to pack in shockingly realistic violence.

Jennifer Carpenter (from the TV series Dexter) heads up the not-that-famous-but-you’ll-kinda-recognise-them cast, who work well with the material. Once the action kicks in though, the cast become secondary to the frenetic camera work, and the fact that this is a star-free affair works in its favour, as there are no famous faces to distract you from the queasy, panicked atmosphere.

As far as Hollywood being a creatively bankrupt bunch of whores, I would like to say that people should find [Rec] and watch that instead of Quarantine. Seeing as it is difficult to get hold of, and this type of film is without doubt far more effective on the big screen, I cannot help but recommend you go and see it anyway if you want an entertaining, suspenseful horror movie that delivers the shocks and blood splatters by the bucket load.

- Ivan Sadler

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A film crew documenting fire fighters on a call out end up trapped in a building swarming with creatures infected with a deadly mystery virus that causes violent behaviour.

YTAH 2008/11/17 1:30 PM
Remakes, meh. Still - pretty effective horror movie. Glad I saw it anyway.
THE BOSS 2008/11/18 3:13 PM
LOAD OF RUBBISH DONT EVEN WASTE YOUR PRECIOUS TIME AND YOUR PRECIOUS MONEY TO GO WATCH THIS ONE. LAOD OF HOGWASH. DONT TAKE THE REVIEWERS RECOMMENDATION AS YOU WILL DEFINATELY BE DISSAPPOINTED, JUST LIKE I HAVE BEEN SO MANY TIME AFTER READING THIS GUYS REVIEWS!!!!!!!!!
AtraBilious 2008/11/24 5:26 PM
The Boss: Looking for work? Aw shame, Boss, are you unemployed and looking for work? You probably haven't even seen this film, loser.
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