The acting annoyed me the most. Especially the girl reporter who couldn't get her ass together and kept whining throughout the entire movie. I don't think I've ever seen a more whiny brat. It just sucks *SPOILER* she didn't die until the very end. Then maybe I would've been able to enjoy Jay Hernandez more.
It also annoyed me when Hernandez started kicking ass, and the reporter didn't help. It's really insulting to make a character so worthless and obnoxious. It makes girls everywhere look bad.
Then the shaky camera was really sickening. I never liked that in any movies- Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activity- it just doesn't work for me.
The movie starts out slow and once the action kicks in, it just makes it more frustrating to watch.
This film is a remake of the film "Rec", and I'm not one for remakes. Therefore, my review of this little film only delves into this director's interpretation of a film which is supposedly superior in every way. I just have yet to see "Rec", so this review is by no means a comparison.
I do have to give props to Jennifer Carpenter for her believable performance as a devastated reporter amidst an area of chaos, and there are some chilling shots here and there that kept me watching. The film is shot in a way reminiscent of "The Blair Witch Project", so it gives you an uneven, realistic feeling of not knowing what horror lays ahead, or behind for that matter.
Not even tiny bit good as the orginial one. Go watch Rec, if you are seeking for Blood.
The scares are all there and all the same but with a couple more thrown in for good measure.
This is so close to the original movie I find it even more silly that we needed to remake the movie in the first place. Folks need to stop being scared of reading subtitles and see the original movies.
Quarantine is a an American remake of Rec. This means it has two major problems to overcome. First, Rec was to me the scariest movie I've seen in a cinema for almost 18 years (the last, was The Exorcist III)! The second, is that it IS an American horror movie remake. Now, the track record for this has been awful. Consider the evidence - The Ring, The Grudge, One Missed Call, The Wicker Man to name some. Hell, they can't even remake American movies! The Hitcher, When A Stranger Calls (I still shudder about that one!), Prom Night, Halloween. So this movie starts with two major points against it.
However, despite a couple of minor issues, and one major one, it's not that bad.
The reason it works, is that the director John Erick Dowdle has taken the scares from the original and simply re-done them. In fact the movie is almost a shot for shot remake of Rec! The fact that despite having seen Rec, the scares still work is a testament to not only how scary the original was, but also how well they've been re-done.
As I said, there are a couple of minor faults. Some of the make-up effects, don't quite work. The other minor fault is that the cast, while good aren't as convincing as the original cast were. Case in point, Jennifer Carpenter as Angela. At the start she's fine, but by the end she's a bit over the top in hysterical and terrified mode compared to Manuela Velasco.
But the major fault, and this one is harder to overlook is that they've changed what is actually going on. In this movie, it's suggested that it's a strand of rabies that has caused the outbreak. In the original, it's never really revealed what is causing it, although events towards the end suggest a possible supernatural cause. But because they've changed it here, it means the final scenes don't work as well, and don't really fit. And the final shot, which was revealed in the trailer by the way, again doesn't work in the remake.
The movie is slightly longer than the original, spending more time with the fireman at the station before the events begin, and has a little more emphasis on what is going on outside also, but these little changes don't affect the movie that much.
How you view this movie will depend on the original, Rec. If you've not seen the original then it is a pretty effective scary movie, especially the last 15 minutes. However if you've seen Rec, then this movie offers nothing new, and isn't as good overall.
[REC] was horrifying, and perfectly filmed...Quarantine just sucks, and smells bad.
Stick with [REC]. Scary sh*t! And look out for [REC] 2, coming soon, filmed by the same two directors. Should be interesting.
Anyway Quarantine was not scary. It made me chuckle and then I went beddy-bye. I had a nightmare that John Erick Dowdle remade The Exorcist, and asked Justin Timberlake to play Regan. Creepy stuff.
Quarantine is another hand-held camera, "found footage" knock off that appears rushed into production just to earn a quick buck. Moviegoers, including myself, are fascinated by this sense of realism.
This regurgitated horror follows a reporter and her cameraman as they shadow a team of firefighters for a night. A call leads them to a small apartment complex where they encounter an old woman who is sick and begins biting people. At once the reporter and everyone inside the complex are quarantined inside and not allowed to leave. Unimaginable horror ensues....
Dark, gritty, and terrifying, Quarantine is an effective horror film. This film is shot solely behind the lenses of the news reporter's cameraman. This effect enhances the film, submerging the audience into a realistically eerie atmosphere.
What keeps this film from being creditable is its huge plot holes and inconsistencies. The time it took to "change" after being bitten varied tremendously. It took some hours to turn, and it took others only moments to turn. Huge error in the screenwriting.
Another aspect that plaques this film is the shaky camera work - it serves as a distraction, and it's hard to tell what is really going on during some intense action scenes. At times, the camera work is very erratic and annoying.
Overall, Quarantine is successful in conjuring up some cheap thrills. However, it's primarily cheap and unoriginal... Check out Cloverfield instead.
It starts off well enough with likeable characters but when the stuff hits the fan it falls apart as it reveals itself to be another 28 Days Later clone. Yawn.
And by the way whatever the cameraman used in this--I want that camera! You never have to replace the batteries or the tape and then you can (in what has to be one of the best unintentionaly funny moments ever) kill people with it too! Without damaging the lens! That's going to the top of my "must own list"!