One good thing about remakes is that they bring light to their sometimes forgotten, foriegn or little seen originals. In this case, “Quarantine” is nearly a shot by shot remake of a Spainish film called “REC” (2007) In this case, “REC” is definetly the superior, but that’s not to say that “Quarantine” is bad.
‘Quarantine’ follows Angela Videl (Jennifer Carpenter of ‘The Exorcism of Emily Rose’) a TV reporter who along with her camera man, Scott (Steve Harris) are assigned to follow around the LA fire department on a graveyard shift. They answer a routine call to an apartment complex were tendants are complaining of screams coming from one of the units, once inside they find something more. Upon trying to escape they find out that the police of quarantined the building, and are flat out not acknowledging the fact that the fire department, film crew and tenants are all still in side. The story is told through the cameraman’s eyes, as he keeps his tape rolling throughout this terrifying night.
Now, I was one of those people who wondered into this movie while it was still in it’s “post production” status. Through my research I discovered “REC” and rented it out of curiousity, so while the ending was obviously spoiled for me, it didn’t stop me from jumping throughout the film.
This film isnt short on scares, although some people might not like the shakey camera movements, or the night vision that is used during the last 15 minutes of the film, but considering all the other horror movies that have come out lately, this is definetly one of the better ones.
Recommended: Yes, but I recommend the original even more.
Memorable Quote: “Keep rolling…” - Angela Videl (Jennifer Carpenter