Quarantine (18)

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Posted: Tue Nov 18 2008

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. Director John Erick Dowdle and his brother/co-writer Drew cut their teeth on ‘The Poughkeepsie Tapes’, a ‘Blair Witch’-style mock-documentary based on the ‘found’ video recordings of a serial killer. Yet their calamitous take on the real-time shaky-cam terror of ‘ [Rec]’ – filmed on studio sets rather than a real apartment block – feels false and flat.

The hyperventilating Jennifer Carpenter, so credible in ‘The Exorcism of Emily Rose’, is hopelessly miscast as rookie TV reporter Angela Vidal, who joins a fire-fighting team on a routine call-out, then finds herself trapped inside a quarantined building with her cameraman Scott (Steve Harris) and some very frightened residents. A distressed old lady bites one of the fire-fighters, all hell breaks loose, and suddenly the place is sealed off by troops in contamination suits. ‘Quarantine’ then replaces the relentless nerve-shredding terror of ‘[Rec]’ with headless-chicken hysteria.
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18

UK release:

Fri Oct 24, 2008

Duration:

89 mins

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Kurniadi

i want to puke because the camera is never focus, never. And the hyperactive woman that I want to kill first than the other victim, if I traped in same condition.Really... THE WORST FILM EVERRRR

filmrater

The film was great. Most people who don't like it have poor taste and expect to actually be 'scared' while watching it. Well the truth is that people who aren't scared are not scared for a reason. The reason being their overexposure to violence and the like. They aren't scared because they are conditioned to blood and violence. There are parts to laugh, and there are parts to be scared, and that falls into real life. In real life, people don't shit their pants when they see someone that is ill. In real life, people laugh from time to time. This is the first movie I've seen where the lead actress seemed like she was terrified. The levels of fear throughout the film were very good. 5stars.

filmrater

The film was great. Most people who don't like it have poor taste and expect to actually be 'scared' while watching it. Well the truth is that people who aren't scared are not scared for a reason. The reason being their overexposure to violence and the like. They aren't scared because they are conditioned to blood and violence. There are parts to laugh, and there are parts to be scared, and that falls into real life. In real life, people don't shit their pants when they see someone that is ill. In real life, people laugh from time to time. This is the first movie I've seen where the lead actress seemed like she was terrified. The levels of fear throughout the film were very good. 5stars.

Steve P

This film had me by turns either laughing out louds ro feeling nauseous and even violated. The plot mostly stacks up if you discount the general twerpishness of the characters - although there were one or two points about the liberty of the individual vs the inststent demands of the state in the face or terror (the cop getting the tenants to stay together downstairs vs the tenant who wanted to hope-up in his own apartment). however, it soons descends into a moronic slash'em and bash'em with an inexplicable and vile ending that negates its previous attempts at presenting any valid metaphor for 21st C western society facing external 'unknowable' threats...

Worst Horror Movie Ever

This movie is so bad as a horror movie. There is no way this movie is anywhere close to Cloverfield. Characters are all so dumb. The reason one of the guy grabbed a hammer was so he could run with it, and some time afterward the hammer was gone/dropped. "Hey lets run around the building with bare hands, there is no need for weapon, the people outside are so peaceful." There are ten thousand objects that could be used as weapons for self-defense. This movie makes me want to slap some sense into every character.

Rox

Would the people who slag this movie can just rent a bit of brain next time, my first language is Italian so..sorry about the mistake, i am 40 and had watched horror all my life from the Japanese horror to the Italian (Dario Argento, if you know about horror you know who he is) to the american and the original Spanish REC here remade as Quarantine, and i am telling you for a horror is a kick ass, Jennifer Carpenter is brilliant and hysterical as the original reporter in the Spanish version was. is a horror, reality Blair witch project type and with all the horror garbage around this is solid one, and if you don't get it next time go and watch some action/drama whatever, don't came and piss me off by slagging this brilliant horror, capisce?

Rox

Would the people who slag this movie can just rent a bit of brain next time, my first language is Italian so..sorry about the mistake, i am 40 and had watched horror all my life from the Japanese horror to the Italian (Dario Argento, if you know about horror you know who he is) to the american and the original Spanish REC here remade as Quarantine, and i am telling you for a horror is a kick ass, Jennifer Carpenter is brilliant and hysterical as the original reporter in the Spanish version was. is a horror, reality Blair witch project type and with all the horror garbage around this is solid one, and if you don't get it next time go and watch some action/drama whatever, don't came and piss me off by slagging this brilliant horror, capisce?

jaosn

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, do not watch this film, i have just pooped my self its sooo scary, my girlfriend is crying.....WITH LAUGHTER. WORST FILM EVER MADE. MAKES HOT SHOTS LOOK LIKE A CULT CLASSIC.

Mr BP

I thought it was a top film, really edgy, loads of jumps. It had my girlfriend almost in tears and I loved it. As soon as I found out it was an American remake of a European movie I know the snobs would pan it. I bet you Mark Kermode has poo pooed Quarantine with gusto. Typical high elitism. This is a top film. Enjoy it, it's scary stuff.

Mr BP

I thought it was a top film, really edgy, loads of jumps. It had my girlfriend almost in tears and I loved it. As soon as I found out it was an American remake of a European movie I know the snobs would pan it. I bet you Mark Kermode has poo pooed Quarantine with gusto. Typical high elitism. This is a top film. Enjoy it, it's scary stuff.

Jason

Went to see this movie tonight with a couple of friends. It was so bad that we actually had to get up and walk out. We just couldn't sit through any more of this kind of tripe. We would've had a better time watching paint dry!

patrick

this film is awesome!!! everyone ive watched it with said its the scariest movie they have ever seen!!!! people left the cinema mid way throuigh it was that scary

patrick

this film is awesome!!! everyone ive watched it with said its the scariest movie they have ever seen!!!! people left the cinema mid way throuigh it was that scary

WILLBER

Uses surround sound to great effect. I bet you won't be able to sit perfectly still for the whole film. Nightmarish.

WILLBER

Uses surround sound to great effect. I bet you won't be able to sit perfectly still for the whole film. Nightmarish.

critique

Effective [REC] remake, docked one star for lack of originality and annoying female lead.

JJ

i went to watch this movie last week with about 10 of my mates. absolutley loved it. if u enjoy jumpy freaky films this is definetley one to watch. in some ways it reminded of Cloverfield the way it was shot with the video camera. but if anything, it makes it look all the more real, and u could even imagine urself in a similar situation. there are more than enought shreiking moments in the film to keep u on the edge. the only downside for me was that it took a little while to kick in. but maybe thats just me. overall, it was very entertaining. enjoy!

JJ

i went to watch this movie last week with about 10 of my mates. absolutley loved it. if u enjoy jumpy freaky films this is definetley one to watch. in some ways it reminded of Cloverfield the way it was shot with the video camera. but if anything, it makes it look all the more real, and u could even imagine urself in a similar situation. there are more than enought shreiking moments in the film to keep u on the edge. the only downside for me was that it took a little while to kick in. but maybe thats just me. overall, it was very entertaining. enjoy!

Amy

This film was so bad i can not believe i actually sat there and watched it all. Don't go and see it, its a waste of money and time.

Paula

Fantastic film ! . . super scary, had to keep my eyes covered through certain parts. Well worth watching if you enjoy being scared. The film would not have worked half as well without the shakey camera footage. . . . cracking film !.

Paula

Fantastic film ! . . super scary, had to keep my eyes covered through certain parts. Well worth watching if you enjoy being scared. The film would not have worked half as well without the shakey camera footage. . . . cracking film !.

James

I totally agree with TimeOut's review. There was no suspense at all! Just people screaming all the time and quite honestly ... I wan't scared! It is supposed to have been filmed by a fictous cameraman ... THEN WHY WON'T THE CAMERA STOP SHAKING!? Even when they standing still I wanted to scream at the screen "KEEP YOUR HANDS STILL FOR CHRIST'S SAKE!" But the worst thing possible was that they showed the ENDING in the trailer AND the poster! HOW STUPID IS HOLLYWOOD THESE DAYS!? The horrible acting was way over the top and din't help this film any further. DEFINATELY watch "[REC]" instead which gave me nightmares for days and left me panting, sweating and clutching my heart at the end.

Calum

I saw Quarantine last night and it was pretty bad. Not a fan of the blair-witch idea, camera moving and the camera's light conveniently failing at certian points. If you want something to make you jusmp, this film's for you. If you like a story or a bit of a thriller, then it is not. Not for me.

kelsey

I haven't seen Quarantine yet but i must i absolutely loved [Rec] and I'm pretty sure Quarantine will live up to it's standards. [my rating is for [Rec]

kelsey

I haven't seen Quarantine yet but i must i absolutely loved [Rec] and I'm pretty sure Quarantine will live up to it's standards. [my rating is for [Rec]

shaun

this film was immense, i loved it like and aw the effects wer gid and that. the camera work was really impressive like and i s*** maself when the old woman pure came out the room and started smashin awbdy. full marks like loved it x

shaun

this film was immense, i loved it like and aw the effects wer gid and that. the camera work was really impressive like and i s*** maself when the old woman pure came out the room and started smashin awbdy. full marks like loved it x

Miha

That movie made me vomit too! I had to run to the bathroom to puke 5 times, and I could barely watch any of the movie. What I did see looked pretty scary though!

Matt

I would urge anyone to watch the original - as usual the Americans have taken all the soul out of the remake!

Viper Crack

I will go and see it but it will detract from the fact i have seen the Spanish original version called Rec. The trailer we saw for Quarantine looks exactly the same as the spanish original version to the letter using exactly the same scenes, just avoiding the need for subttles. I am an avid horror fan and few things make me squirm but Rec had me hiding behind a cushion, I only hope Quarantine does Rec some justice and a remake of an amazing film just to avoid subtitles is a hame, I hope Quarantine lives up to the amazing precident set by Rec.

chicken leg

them lot are right i thought itd be cool but it was so awful me and my boyfriend left early

Alex

just got back from seeing it. Probably the worst movie ever made. Horrible, cliche and uninteresting. I almost walked out. The entire audience was laughing by the end. Do not waste your time and money

Talithe

I just got back from watching this movie. ..Wow. I didn't know it was going to be a hand-held camera movie but to my surprise I didn't get motion sickness. A lot of the scares in this movie are horribly cliche - you see it coming a mile away. However, the main actress does a ridiculously good job at looking insanely terrified.. too terrified and shocked a lot of the times. There were a lot of off the wall comic relief, that the entire theatre would be in synchronized laughter. This was a decent horror movie, I liked the idea, but "biological warfare" and "quarantines" aren't very original. A lot of scenes are in the dark and there's a lot of rapid movement. I'd recommend seeing this once although a lot of people in the audience said it wasn't worth the money. I personally loved the Red Faction-esque sledgehammer action, but that just added more laughs to the movie rather than chills.

John

Worst movie ever, doesn't make sense, people acting over the top irrational. Camera is shitty, you know you think he could have kept the $3000 shoulder mounted camera still. It wasn't scary and the whole theater was laughing at it the whole time. The acting sucked too, Avoid at all cost.

peter

I agree with jesus minus the harsh language. The rating needs to be balanced out now

Brooke

the maze in knotts Berry farm is based on this. i didnt go but everyone loved it so i think the movie will be good.

Brooke

the maze in knotts Berry farm is based on this. i didnt go but everyone loved it so i think the movie will be good.