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Quarantine

December 29, 2012 by   | Category: Reviews
Quarantine

A remake of a Spanish movie REC, Quarantine is a film about how a group of people are trapped in a building when they are forcefully quarantined after the outbreak of a deadly and mysterious virus. In the midst of it, a news reporter and her camera man not only try to find out the truth behind the virus, but also survive being mauled by the infected. The movie was released in 2008 and grossed just over $30,000,000 in the United States.

 To make a long story short

 The film begins on a night like any other in the city of Los Angeles. It’s a slow news week and TV reporter Angela (Jennifer Carpenter) and her camera man Scott (Steve Harris) have been assigned to cover the night shift at a Los Angeles fire station. What begins as a routine news feature soon becomes exciting when a call comes in for a rescue at an apartment building. The fire-men, including colleagues Fletcher (Jonathan Schaech) and Jake (Jay Hernandez), rush to the site along with Angela and Scott. Once inside the building, they soon realize that things are not quite as they seem. There is a mysterious infection that is spreading fast and threatening their very lives. But the biggest surprise is when they find out that the police have boarded up the building from outside and are not letting anyone get out. The mystery deepens when they find that power and phone lines to the building have been disabled. With the authorities refusing to divulge any information apart from the fact that they are being quarantined, the group of surviving residents and the outsiders must band together and try to find a way out before it’s too late.

 Acting/thrills and chills

 Although a remake of REC, Quarantine is not nearly as good as the Spanish original. The acting and screenplay are often tedious, with no good surprises unfolding on-screen as they should. Jennifer Carpenter tries to keep up the pace, but comes across as screechy on several occasions. Jay Hernandez acts well, but he too fails to generate interest in the proceedings. The scares are few and far between, and the hand-held camera/night vision scenes can get irritating after a while. The story, although good as far as zombie outbreak stories go, has moments where the tension lags and the interest of the viewer could wane. All in all, Quarantine is not one of the better zombie/virus infection movies if you’re looking for a good watch. Instead, consider watching the Spanish original REC for better scares and a tighter screenplay.

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