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Posted on 10/31/11 03:04 PM
[/b][/size][left] "Quarantine" is a remake of 2007 Spanish horror film "[Rec]", which has been receiving amazing reviews from horror fans, including myself. It was tense, terrifying and had great acting. One of the best, if not the best horror movie I've ever seen! Hearing about a US remake so soon (less than an year), especially one told to be shot-for-shot, was kind of ridiculous. However, the cast for "Quarantine" was good, the trailer and stills looked cool, so I thought I'd give it a watch to see how it holds up to "[Rec]". Needless to say, "[Rec]" was way, way better, but I still enjoyed "Quarantine".
"Quarantine" has good acting, is entertaining from the beginning to the end, but it has its flaws. Drew and John Dowdle are rather new to the business, and not only have they remade a film that is less than a year old, but the direction and writing just wasn't there. They took most of the screenplay from "[Rec]", so if anyone deserves the writing credit, the original makers deserve most of it. The direction, well, was also lacking...because it's a POV movie and a lot of shots are similar to the original, so the guy clearly didn't do as much as a regular director because it's a POV remake.
Overall, "Quarantine" was an entertaining remake after some of the lame ones we've had this year. It's nowhere near as bad as the haters are thinking it is, which actually doesn't make much sense, because if they loved the original...why hate a shot-for-shot remake?