Quarantine (2008)



Critic Consensus: Quarantine uses effective atmosphere and consistent scares to stand above the crop of recent horror films.

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Television reporter Angela Vidal and her cameraman are assigned to spend the night shift with a Los Angeles Fire Station. After a routine 911 call takes them to a small apartment building, they find police officers already on the scene in response to blood curdling screams coming from one of the apartment units. They soon learn that a woman living in the building has been infected by something unknown. After a few of the residents are viciously attacked, they try to escape with the news crew in tow, only to find that the CDC has quarantined the building. Phones, internet, televisions and cell phone access have been cut-off, and officials are not relaying information to those locked inside. When the quarantine is finally lifted, the only evidence of what took place is the news crew's videotape.
R (for bloody violence and disturbing content, terror and language)
Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Jennifer Carpenter
as Angela Vidal
Steve Harris
as Scott Percival
Johnathon Schaech
as George Fletcher
Columbus Short
as Danny Wilensky
Andrew Fiscella
as James McCreedy
Rade Serbedzija
as Yuri Ivanov
Greg Germann
as Lawrence
Bernard White
as Bernard
Elaine Kagan
as Wanda Marimon
Joey King
as Briana
Stacy Chbosky
as Elise Jackson
Jeannie Epper
as Ms. Espinoza
Barry Sigismonde
as Bob Orton
Rosine 'Ace' Hatem
as Wounded Woman
Christian Svensson
as Armed Guard
Donovan Scott
as Armed Guard
Michael Potter
as Chief of Police
Jane Park Smith
as News Reporter
Craig Susser
as Hazmat Guard
Bert Jernigan
as Hazmat Guard
Doug Jones
as Thin Infected Man
John Meier
as Repelling Guard
Troy M. Gilbert
as Rebelling Guard
Shawn Driscoll
as Firefighter
Bryan Ross
as Firefighter
Robert Hall
as Puppeteer
Ben Stockham
as Infected Child
Mike Hyland
as Video Guy
Ben Messmer
as Griffin
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Critic Reviews for Quarantine

All Critics (81) | Top Critics (13)

An American remake of the Spanish horror movie '[Rec]' that adopts the same basic recipe, but removes any hint of flavour or texture, reducing cutting-edge Catalan cuisine to bland, bite-sized McNuggets.

Full Review… | November 20, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

Even those who despise remakes will have to admit that director John Erick Dowdle's furious retread is scary as hell.

Full Review… | October 16, 2008
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Quarantine feels awfully familiar, and it grows less convincing with each passing moment. At its worst, it abandons realism entirely and flirts with gory kitsch.

Full Review… | October 13, 2008
AV Club
Top Critic

Quarantine is based on the 2007 Spanish thriller [REC]. Like any imitation, the quality's not as good, but this is about cheap thrills, of which there are not enough.

Full Review… | October 13, 2008
Toronto Star
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Give Quarantine credit: Without resorting to computer-generated monsters or supernatural explanations, it uses consistent logic and confinement to find new ways of being scary.

October 13, 2008
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Quarantine, yet another pseudo-documentary horror movie, delivers the heebie-jeebies with solid acting and perfectly calibrated shocks.

October 13, 2008
New York Times
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Mediocre remake of Rec, which is far superior in every way, Quarantine is a poorly constructed film that uses everything from the original film to create its terror. Like every other horror fan, I have a love / hate relationship with remakes. Some are good, some not so good. Some lack anything that would it interesting viewing, others are pretty good even though they're not all that memorable. With Quarantine we have a remake that just doesn't deliver. The cast aren't that great, many deliver mundane performances, especially Jennifer Carpenter, who unlike her role in Dexter, doesn't do anything interesting with her character. This is yet another pointless remake to a great film. Hell, that sentence seems to be used a lot to describe remakes, but it is very true. Rec was a stunning found footage film, a great piece of horror that brought genuine chills to a franchise obsessed with remaking everything. Quarantine is a mediocre remake at best, the film is a bit entertaining, but as a fan of Rec, I don't think that this film stands out and doesn't deliver the thrills that the original gave its viewers. Quarantine is a film to watch only if you're totally bored. If you want the total effect of a memorable and watchable horror film, then give Rec a view. If you're looking for genuine scares watching this remake, you may be disappointed as the script suffers from the usual jump scares cliché, and in the end it doesn't make Quarantine a worthy film to watch. Add to that a mediocre cast, and you've got another forgettable remake on your hands. Watch Rec instead.

Alex roy
Alex roy

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This movie is only good if you have your sound system cranked up with dim lights. Watched it in the movie theaters and scared the crap out of me... watch it at home, not so much. But still, it's a B-movie. Too bad they spoil the ending. I'll leave it up to you to figure out how.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

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