Quarantine

Quarantine

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Director: John E. Dowdle

Cast: Jennifer Carpenter, Steve Harris, Jay Hernandez

     
 

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Jay Hernandez, Jennifer Carpenter, and Johnathon Schaech star in this remake of Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza's successful, Spanish-language horror film [REC], which follows a television reporter and her cameraman as they fall under a

Overview

Jay Hernandez, Jennifer Carpenter, and Johnathon Schaech star in this remake of Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza's successful, Spanish-language horror film [REC], which follows a television reporter and her cameraman as they fall under a mysterious quarantine issued on an inner-city apartment building. Television reporter Angela Vidal (Carpenter) and her trusty cameraman (Steve Harris) were documenting a night in the life of a Los Angeles fire station crew when the firefighters were summoned to a nearby apartment building to answer a routine 911 call. Upon arriving at the scene, Angela and company discover that police have already arrived to investigate the blood-curdling screams ringing out from one of the apartments. One of the women living in the building has been infected with something terrible, but what? When a few of the other residents are viciously attacked, they try to escape and discover that the CDC has quarantined the building. The officials in charge won't relay any information to those trapped inside the building, and it's impossible to seek information from the outside since telephone, Internet, television, and cell-phone access have all been cut off. By the time the quarantine is lifted, the intrepid cameraman's chilling footage provides the only evidence of the horrors that unfolded on that terrible night.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Intense handheld zombie frights are in store for viewers daring to take the leap into Quarantine, the American remake of Spain's heralded first-person chiller [REC]. Unfolding in near real time, the pic aims to put the audience into the action of an emergency response call gone horribly wrong. Claustrophobic, jittery at times, and electric in pace, Quarantine is a stripped-down bloody thrill ride that -- while certainly not catering to everyone's tastes -- should satisfy gore-hounds looking to step up their theatrical horror cuisine beyond the usual creepy little kid rehashes. That's not to say that the shocking flick is altogether a home run. Fans of its forefather will be a bit perplexed that some of the best parts of the ending were not carried over to this near shot-for-shot redo. Where the original took the tale into a whole new creepy arena in its final moments, the remake's filmmaking team of brothers Drew and John E. Dowdle (the duo behind the similarly shot Poughkeepsie Tapes) seem more interested in keeping true to the switch-up of shooting style, rather than also injecting the plot with an added layer of disturbance. New viewers should still find the proceedings to be frightful, even if they are missing a big key as to why the predecessor has stayed ingrained in so many viewers' brains. As it is, the new production is a gruesome exercise in frantic pacing that hardly lets up throughout its 90-minute running time. Behind the scenes, the production impresses with its long takes and well-choreographed (if not a bit hard to discern) set pieces. The cast does what it can with the material, with Jennifer Carpenter turning up the hysteria when needed and Johnathon Schaech (complete with a bushy 'stache) adding macho heft to the production. All things considered, the picture doesn't do nearly the damage that other remakes have wrought. What story the film has is still a bleak one -- it's just a matter of whether the right people looking for this kind of frenzied experience will find it or not. Even more of a question to ask is why the American production yearned so much to adhere to scene-by-scene reenactments, only to wimp out when it came to the well-regarded finale? Then again, this is the same studio that decided to give away many of the twists and turns in all of the movie's advertising, so maybe audiences should take what they get and at least be thankful for that.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/17/2009
UPC:
0043396253704
Original Release:
2008
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
ABC
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:29:00
Sales rank:
52,603

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jennifer Carpenter Angela Vidal
Steve Harris Scott Percival
Jay Hernandez Jake
Johnathon Schaech George Fletcher
Columbus Short Danny Wilensky
Andrew Fiscella James McCreedy
Rade Serbedzija Yuri Ivanov
Greg Germann Lawrence
Dania Ramirez Sadie
Bernard White Bernard
Elaine Kagan Wanda Marimon
Marin Hinkle Kathy
Joey King Briana
Jermaine Jackson Nadif
Sharon Ferguson Ahir, JW
Denis O'Hare Randy
Stacy Chbosky Elise Jackson
Jeannie Epper Ms. Espinoza
Barry Sigismonde Bob Orton
Ace Hatem Wounded Woman
Christian Svensson Armed Guard
Scott Donovan Armed Guard
Michael Potter Chief of Police
Jane Park Smith News Reporter
Craig Susser Hazmat Guard
Bert Jernigan Hazmat Guard
Doug Jones Thin Infected Man
John Meier Repelling Guard
Troy M. Gilbert Rebelling Guard
Shawn Driscoll Firefighter
Bryan Ross Firefighter
Robert Hall Puppeteer
Ben Stockham Infected Child
Mike Hyland Video Guy
Ben Messmer Griffin
Rade Sherbedgia Actor

Technical Credits
John E. Dowdle Director,Screenwriter
Sergio Aguero Producer
Jaume Balagueró Original Story,Screenwriter
Luis A. Berdejo Original Story,Screenwriter
Chris Cornwell Art Director
Doug Davison Producer
Drew Dowdle Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Carlos Fernandez Executive Producer
Glenn S. Gainor Executive Producer
Elliot Greenberg Editor
Julio Fernández Executive Producer
Lindsey Hayes Kroeger Casting
Maya Lieberman Costumes/Costume Designer
Paco Plaza Original Story,Screenwriter
David Rapaport Casting
Roy Lee Producer
Ken Seng Cinematographer
Jon Gary Steele Production Designer

Scene Index

"Locked In: The Making of Quarantine"; "Anatomy of a Stunt" featurette; "Dressing the Infected: Robert Hall's Make-up Design"; Commentary with writer/director John Erick Dowdle and writer/producer Drew Dowdle

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Quarantine 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Suesie More than 1 year ago
I saw this when it came out with really high hopes, sort of kind of let down but i thought it was an interesting plot.. the commercials lead you to believe it will be no stop action... but the action kicks in like 45 min into the movie and its really slow... this movie is from the camera point of view so if u get motion sickness then dont bother.. like blare witch for 2009...the whole conceprt of "the infection" is kind of stupid as well as the "operation" scene... but whatever you begin to feel bad for these ppl since they are stuck there and cant get out... the best part is twards the end when the light falls off and its all nite vision... you see what they dont and it does kind of freak you out.. the ending was ok, but i knew "that" would happen... it wasnt too bad.. it was interesting i wouldnt buy the DVD
NY_Reader1 More than 1 year ago
Fair warning - the movie is shot documentary style (like Blair Witch Project) which is equal parts annoying and effective. Seriously, it's 2009 - doesn't every pro camera have some sort of image stabilizer on it? The technique works, though and it's actually part of the suspense. There's no happy ending, so don't wait for it. In fact, if you've seen any of the previews for this movie (or actually look at the cover for the DVD), they gave away the ending. Jennifer Carpenter (Deb from DEXTER) is pretty good. There's a couple of good jumps, but other than that, it's more disturbing than scary.
Apollo_Faint-Of-Hearts More than 1 year ago
I did not like this movie at all. It was incredibly predictable, there was very little action/gore, Jennifer Carpenter's acting was getting on my nerves, and I am just not a fan of the 'documentary shooting'. A lot of aspects concerning Quarantine's plot, style, and ending are found in Cloverfied. I do not recommend.
Chancie More than 1 year ago
Quarantine...not exactly anything completely new but it's at least something worth watching. It begins with a TV crew that follows late night professions. This night, it's a group of firemen. When they get a distress call at an apartment complex, they rush to the scene, cameraman and interviewer in tow. When they arrive, they find an old woman who seems out of her mind. Upon attacking them, they soon find out they've been locked in this building, along with all of its residents (infected and not) with no way out. The view of the camera isn't as annoying as you may think it would be. It's actually done fairly well and doesn't hinder the view of what's going on in about 98% of the movie. The visuals are also done pretty well. The images of those who are infected really do look creepy and those who are wounded like gruesomely realistic. The acting is alright. There are moments where they seem to lose a grip on the character and there are a few times that they act so stupid you may want to bash your head against a wall for them...but hey, what's a horror movie without stupid people? Now...the plot itself is where it falls a little short. There are some parts that do not seem to match up with the rest of what's "known" in the movie and even by the end, there are some leftover questions. Luckily, these questions aren't so pressing that they ruin the rest of the movie. Overall, it's worth seeing. It's not mind blowing or spectacular in the least but it's good enough for a rental.
Horrorfan1CR More than 1 year ago
This was an Awesome movie. I liked how it appeared at the begining to look like a documentary like another movie I had seen. I just appeard like they went into the house after words and all they found was the video camera.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
overall it wasn't to bad but the lead caracter gets anoying quick and i noticed a lot of places that they could have made the storyline better, it also leaves way to many questions unanswerd looks wise though it was good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Decent film from the beginning, suspenseful, weak ending.
RHale More than 1 year ago
Actually a very decent movie - I didn't have high hopes for it, but I was pleasantly surprised. Full of action and very suspenseful. I would rate this in the same category with Night of the Living Dead (the good one), and the Blair Witch Project.
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