Memorable, crazy movie
A Major Disappointment
There are moments in this movie where the great movie it could've been peek out... They're fleeting, here, but they're worth savoring, and they happen often enough to make it worth your while.
The film never slows down or bores, plunging from one harrowing sequence to the next.
I was hoping for a little more out of Quarantine. The first half of the movie was a complete bore and I had to try to convince myself to keep watching in hopes that it would improve. I was glad I continued watching because it did get more intriguing. The story of the outbreak of a ravenous disease was nothing new, but being locked into an apartment building gave a new claustrophobic twist to the plot. And when all contact to the outside is cut off and the power is shut down, the chaotic pursuit of survival ensues. I won't give away any of the suspense, so check out this pretty decent horror flick for yourself. I give it 6 stars. I hope this review was helpful. -MovieJuice
Yes, this movie is almost a one-to-one image conversion of the Spanish movie REC. So was this movie necessary? Strictly speaking no. But I found myself still entertained.The plot is just as simple as the original: A TV crew gets stuck with some firemen in a large apartment house that is the heart of a zombie outbreak.QUARANTINE does depart in some interesting ways from REC. There's a bit more character development at the beginning, with more time at the fire station to get to know everybody. That's a welcome addition! And the characters do feel pretty real. The female protagonist in particular is quite believable and does carry the movie quite well (the burden is on her, since we see her most of the time). I also liked that QUARANTINE strengthened the role of animals in the movie, and I also felt more "locked in" ... The Spanish version of the movie is overall definitely better at conveying a genuine sense of terror towards the end of the movie, and of course, it had the benefit of being the first, the true innovator. When I saw REC, I did not know what to expect. Since QUARANTINE is essentially a copy with some minor changes, the surprise was gone.Of course, just like with the original, you have to like found footage movies. QUARANTINE definitely has a lot of shaky camera and a lot of the things that are quite typical of found footage movies, such as the camera falling down or things just being dark or soundless. That said, like any good found footage movie QUARANTINE has a few ingenious things that happen with the "first person" perspective, which you'll appreciate if you're a fan of the "genre". Found footage is jarring and at times irritating for sure, but it also always adds a sense of physicality that I really like.So all in all, QUARANTINE is a fun and sometimes scary thrill ride. Nothing world- changing, but still worth your time... if you can stand found footage.
This film does very well at scaring people, and if you're after a 1st person zombie-apocalypse thriller, this has it all. The acting is convincing and the effects and immersion are very compelling.On the whole however. I found the characters to be somewhat dim-witted, slow, stupid, and emotionally compromised. Of course, some early mistakes were forgivable. But the clues were more than obvious. The main characters showed no capacity to anticipate the situation. Even after multiple fatal attacks, those with weapons didn't use them when any rational person might. They made no attempts as self-isolation, and actually tried to breach external containment (when they knew full well that they'd be risking the entire population of the city).The biggest criticism I'd have to save for the main character. Who ends up just being a hyper-ventilating, and quivering emotional wreck. The performances were so overly dramatized, and irritating to watch. The whole idea that such a group of dysfunctional people could survive for so long makes this whole film unrealistic. Most people who live through survival situations don't act this way. Panic very quickly gives way to a fight or flight response. Those that opt for panic are usually the first ones to die, and those that opt to fight are usually second.There are no really strong characters to rally behind, or admire. Except perhaps for the fireman, or the man behind the camera, who we don't really get to see.
OK, this movie starts off like it was "fun". There is no anticipation of any terrifying stuff. I cannot believe how quick the events unfolded. But the tension started building up the moment the police with the reporters and firemen opened that door with the old lady. The characters played their roles well. It was expected that the characters would end up dying as the film progresses, but I did not expect the terrifying near-end and ending, which overshadows the horror of even the Blair Witch or Paranormal Activity. One cannot stand but ponder on the pitiful situation the female reporter was in. A really good horror movie.