Quarantine 2: Terminal Reviews
Some (mostly) solid acting from the (mostly) "no name" cast.
Along with less scares, we get less gore and less "zombie" action. The characters aren't very interesting for the most part, either, though there are a couple of pretty sexy ladies for the guys who don't mind something a little extra on-screen to help keep their attention.
The filmmakers decided to go on their own direction, and the story is a complete departure from what happened in the continuation of the REC series (which Quarantine was originally based on). Nothing wrong with that, but the sequel suffers without a strong story framework to base it on. Quarantine 2 is just not that good. My interest in it dwindled the further it went along, until I was just ready for it to be over. Which doesn't exactly make me excited that the ending sets up perfectly for a third entry in the series.
I have to give the story writers alot of credit for not remaking 'Rec2' for the second installment the way they remade the first. It takes balls to go in a completely different direction from the previously established plot, especially when the first film was nearly a shot for shot remake. As far as the overall effectiveness of the plot, it is a dramatic improvement over 'Rec2's terrible bungling, forced ideas and over explanation. There is no demon possession, alternate dimensions or overly forced tactics to cheapen the story here. This film recognizes the strengths of its first chapter, and utilizes them as well as tying itself into the first film in a non obtrusive way.
The acting is pretty strong for a direct to DVD horror sequel. No one here is going to land any Oscars in their career, but everyone is serviceable and believable enough. The direction is tight. Great utilization of light and dark as well as its color scheme. Cramped camera angles contribute to the feeling of claustrophobia. I again have to give credit here as director Pogue makes a choice to go away from the handheld camera direction of the original. It maintains some shaky camera work, but its smoother overall cinematography is a dramatic change, and I'd have to say it's a change for the better. There are only so many plots you can shoehorn the handheld camera angle into, and this wasn't one of them.
The infected are just as good as the first, and in some instances the makeup is superior. Their origins and the disease itself are dug into just enough to be effective, but not too much as to over explain and cheapen the effect as 'Rec2' did. Enough gore to satisfy, but not too much as to overwhelm. The effects in general are pretty darn good.
Despite this being a well done and faithful sequel, there are some flaws here that keep it within the merely 'good' range. The main one being that it just isn't able to capture the overwhelming sense of terror that made both 'Rec' and 'Quarantine' really work. There isn't the same feeling that these characters are just totally screwed and even the best plans are useless against their predicament. It is this sense of escapeablity that holds the film back most. Other flaws include a couple of unneeded subplots, an annoying child actor, and a bit of a forced villain angle.
Overall, this is a very solid and pretty good followup to an underrated piece of American horror. While it can't match either of the originals, it is a very solid upgrade over 'Rec2' that continues its original story very well. Good direction, solid acting, and good effects all combine to give you a good continuation of a good horror franchise.
A plane carrying laboratory rats start an outbreak of a strange virus that causes the infected to become man eaters. Once the plane lands, the terminal is quarantined to segregate the infected. The survivors on the plane will need to try and escape the quarantine while avoiding the infected.
"Stop the plane! Let me off!"
John Pogie, director of the upcoming The Quiet Ones, delivers Quarantine 2 in his directorial debut. The storyline was actually better than I anticipated. The film starts shaky with the airport and airplane scenes; but once the airplane lands, the film is very good. The acting is very mediocre and the cast includes Mercedes Masohn, Josh Cooke, Mattie Liptak, and Bre Blair.
"Hit 'em again! Hell!"
I actually enjoyed the first Quarantine movie and was reluctant to see this. I finally decided to give it a shot off Netflix and actually enjoyed it. This is far from an epic addition to the genre, but it is entertaining and a worth viewing. If you're looking for a horror film to view during Halloween season, this wouldn't be a bad pick.
"Let me in!"