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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.

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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
Elaine Kagan
as Wanda Marimon
Joey King
as Briana
Stacy Chbosky
as Elise Jackson
Jeannie Epper
as Ms. Espinoza
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

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  • Shame on the filmmakers for reducing one of the main characters to an incessantly whimpering, hyperventilating embodiment of fingernails on a chalkboard for what feels like the final third of the film.

    Oct 17, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The camera bounces along, its path blocked frequently by the back of some fleeing figure, so that you're never quite sure where you are, where you're going or what you're looking at...

    Dec 1, 2008 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Delivers a pleasingly high quota of decent jolts as the body count mounts and the TV airhead becomes increasingly hysterical.

    Dec 1, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Nov 21, 2008 | Rating: 1/6 | Full Review…

    Nigel Floyd

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Good news for those who missed the Spanish zombie horror [REC] when it opened here a few months back. Here comes the inevitable fast-tracked Hollywood remake, which covers the same ground without the burden of all those subtitled hysterics.

    Nov 21, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Xan Brooks

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

    Oct 16, 2008 | Full Review…

    Jim Ridley

    L.A. Weekly
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Quarantine

A really great horror film, made apparently just months after the Spanish original Rec. What I don't understand is so many people saying this is not as good? It's almost the same film scene for scene, but with a different cast and set in LA. Only changes from the original are a few more attacks and the origin of the virus was changed slightly. The only real problem if you have seen the original first is you know what is coming and when viewing second time round it's not so scary. Otherwise almost a carbon copy of the original but in English. Watch out for Rec2!

Dean King
Dean King

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Directors Cat

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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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Predictable but not bad. I really dont have much more to add.

John Manard
John Manard

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