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When a news crew decides to trail a brave fire-fighting team, they never suspect that the first call for help they respond to that night may be their last. Now they're trapped in an apartment complex sealed off by the government. With no way of escape, they find themselves surrounded by frightened residents who are infected with a deadly mutant virus. What happens next is only known because of the footage they left behind.

Based on the Spanish-made chiller [REC], Quarantine is an effective piece of scare machinery that derives most of its terror by viewing the action from the perspective of a cameraman covering a routine emergency call that blooms into a nightmare. Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter) is a TV host who accompanies a firefighting unit on a disturbance call at a decrepit apartment building. Once inside, the group discovers that the tenants are infected with a disease that has turned them into ravenous cannibals--and that all possible exits have been sealed off by a government-issued quarantine. As POV horror goes, QuarantineThe Blair Witch Project with the super-sized shocks of Cloverfield (without its nausea-inducing camerawork), and it largely delivers in both departments. Characters are stock at best, and the relentless jumping and shrieking gets wearying before the end credits, but the cast is game, especially Carpenter (a world class screamer, as established in The Exorcism of Emily Rose) and Jay Hernandez as one of the firemen, and the technical aspects (including some gruesome gore) are top-notch. -- Paul Gaita

Customer Reviews:

  • Horrible Movie, Don't Patronize It
    This is a horrible movie experience. This movie artistically is a ripoff of Dawn of the Dead and The Blair Witch Project. Intellectually it makes no sense. The people supposedly have a virulent form of rabies, but they are really "zombies." It is a zombie movie, in which those who are attacked and killed "come back" as killers. But it is (falsely) put forth as them being sick with rabies, which makes zero sense. If they really have rabies and are fiercely biting other people, then the other people will die and be dead. But they come back as "zombies" and bite the others. It's crazy and an ordeal.

    It is a sadistic movie in which you get to see through the camera lots of people get viciously attacked and lots of "zombie" people, many of them slightly built women, beaten to death. At one point, a child becomes a zombie and attacks people (at least the directors have the sense not to show the child getting beaten to death by the remaining "well" adults.)

    This movie is very manipulative. What happened could never happen the way it happened, but the director has you trapped and you just cringe your way through it. I happened to get tricked into paying for this movie, based upon some false positive reviews from a bunch of idiots.

    You should really introspect into your motives when watching this sadistic film. Are you really a closet sadist who gets thrills watching people getting attacked, bitten to shreds by other "zombies," and beaten to death in horrible ways? (At one point I was watching a big cameraman beating this "zombie" slightly built woman to death through his camera, and I wondered if this is how sadistic spousal abusers and serial killers feel..... not a good feeling at all.)

    Not worth seeing for any reason....more info
  • Rabies, what a waste of time.....
    I rarely review anything that I do not like!

    I hated "Quarantine"!

    The preview looked good, Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter) & Jay Hernandez (World Trade Center) are both quality actors.

    The movie is shaky cameras, alot of screaming, bad, bad acting by most everyone except for Carpenter & Hernandez.

    The preview and front cover of "Quarantine" show a screaming Jennifer Carpenter, that's the end of the movie, yes, I'm serious, thats the final scene before the credits roll! How lame is a movie, if they need the final shot on the cover and in the previews??

    If the entire movie was anything like the last two minutes of the movie, it may have done well!

    All I can do is try to warn you, don't waste your time!...more info
  • Much Better Than I Anticipated
    Since seeing "Night of the Living Dead" (at a drive-in, no less) when it was first released, I've been forever captivated by this genre of horror. Moreover, since seeing "Alien", I've also loved the high-suspense, claustrophobic sci-fi movie. This (boy, I'll take some heat for this) sort of melds the two together and does it well.

    The character development is, admittedly, a bit shallow, but you do invest some theatrical capital in most of the principle characters.

    The movement of the story from mundane clock-watching boredom to stark confusion and terror is both well-played and effective. Not since seeing the scene in "The Exorcist" where Regan informs the astronaut of his fate at the dinner party have I been so drawn in as I was when the very first infected lady was encountered. This lady, in my opinion, sold the premise of the film lock, stock and barrel. Her portrayal of confusion, apprehension, terror and, finally, naked aggression was a sturdy platform on which to set the rest of the film's pacing.

    From this initial attack, there is a lot of shorthand with the infection's progression as it spreads througought the apartment block's residents. I won't provide any spoilers, but will say be careful about relaxing at any point during the middle of the movie.

    The rationale for the disease and it's results is explained well, if briefly. I'll also refrain here from giving away any spoilers.

    The pace of the film begins slow, never reaches much of a trot before becoming an exhausting sprint. The make-up was typical Hollywood fare, but very effective at pulling the 'ugh' reactions without going insanely over the top ("Zombie" comes to mind).

    One of the least obvious characters in almost the entire movie is the news cameraman. Tip of the hat to the actor who took the job knowing his screen time was going to be limited. I am not a fan of the newsreel-ish style movies (ala "Cloverfield" or "Diary of the Dead"), but this approach works in this film.

    If it can be called a character, the most important one was neither the diseased 'zombies' or their intended prey, but rather the official reaction to the outbreak. Conceding some poetic license, I can't imagine that a true governmental reaction to something on par with what's being endured in the apartment block is too wide of the mark.

    I would say this is a solid 3 3/4 stars. I gave it 4 because it made me turn on the light upstairs before I would climb them to go to bed last night; a reaction I've not had to ANY movie in a long, long time. Most horror flicks are so mundane and formulaic and, while that's certainly part of this movie as well, it's an aside to the twist in the gut it provides. It achieves what it sets out to do: take you away from your reality, scare the hell out of you, then return you to your reality, but not necessarily unaffected.

    One aside: I've read some reviews about the lead actress' drawn out portrayal of fear in the latter part of the movie. It is disturbing, but mostly because it is 100% genuine as she played it. I was convinced this woman was insanely afraid. It does grate on your nerves after a while, but isn't that what it's supposed to do? Jangled nerves are part of the ride. Even a good roller coaster can make you yak! Kudos to Jennifer Carpenter on her ability to play both ends of an emotional spectrum such that the audience feels what she's playing.

    Enjoy!

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  • THE BEST SCARY MOVIE OF 2008
    What an amazing film, it has to be the best scary film of 2008! It was better than Cloverfield. I had more jumps more frights! It was good and don't trust theses 1 star ratings, it was amazing....more info
  • Very good horror movie, from a BIG horror movie fan
    Was Cloverfield a horror movie? Not really. It was a suspense movie with a monster, but it was good. It was entertaining. Special effects were good. Story wasn't bad, characters made you want to root for them. Why mention it here? Because most people compare this movie to it simply because it has the "shaky camera in a suspense movie" thing going on. And the same people who hated Cloverfield & Blair Witch hate this one. Same people who get motion sick easy. But that's part of what makes these movies more realistic & believable (well maybe not Clover so much).

    Quarantine was excellent! One of the top horror movies of 2008. If you like horror movies & don't mind the camera shake, you'll enjoy this movie. I hate when people dog horror movies for the bad acting. How many horror movies have you seen with good acting? It's not about the acting. It's about how the film makes you feel. Does it creep you out? Upset you? Make you want to leave the night lite or TV on all night?

    There will always be the haters who don't like great horror movies like The Ring & Blair Witch. They hate to like movies that the masses do. Like what entertains you, not what others like or hate just because they do.
    This is a great film. It's believable & sets up a scenario that COULD happen. It's unique & original. Sure there is alot of zombie movies out there. Why? Because there is an audience for them. I thought 28 Weeks Later was freakin brilliant. One of the scariest movies I've ever seen. Maybe you guys aren't watching these movies with good surround sound cranked up? That makes a HUGE difference. Because at the beginning of 28 Weeks when the zombies bust through that cottage out of the blue, you WILL jump if your volume is up!

    When the cameraman in Quarantine looks up in the attic & that freak lunges at him you WILL jump? Tell me you've seen a cameraman beat to death a woman in first person camera view? Now that is original stuff. I value everyone's opinion but as a horror movie fan, you owe it to yourself to check this one out ASAP. So go rent/buy this movie today!...more info
  • Boring!
    I really expected much more from this movie than I got. It bored me so that I turned it off a little more than half way through it. I threw it in my pile of "I'll never watch again" movies. It was too dark to see what was going on most of the time. Nothing about this film interested me. The previews really talked this one up to be something extraordinary, but it fell way short of that. I hated it!...more info
  • A New Take On Infection Horror
    I personally really enjoy a good horror flick every now and again. My favorite sub-genre would be the zombie/infection kind.

    Saying that my review may be a little bias towards a more positive review.

    The movie reminds me a lot of 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later although the events that transpire during the film take place during the initial outbreak not after everything goes to hell in a handbag. The idea of being locked into a building with infected people wanting to kill you when saftey is literally right beyond a plastic sheet covering the windows is panic inducing. There is adequate character devolpment but nothing that really endears the characters to you. The main draw is the first person perspective throughout virtually the entire feature that although there is a cameraman controlling what you're looking at you get a pretty good feel of what it'd be like to be there. Some of the high speed motion shots can be a little jarring and seem to be a bit overdone. One also can wonder how the camera could survive the onslaught that ensues roughly midway through the movie.

    From a technical standpoint. The transfer is quite good. There is very little artifacting or pixelation issues. The black levels come through very well. It has a bit more polish than Cloverfield which is shot the same way. As far as the audio track is concerned, the action sequences are loud and easy to hear. The cracks and groans in tense situations is good. The speaking in the audio track can be downright miserable at times which is why I deduced a star from my review. Words can be easily lost in the commotion which is understandable considering the situation of the movie but I'd like to know what the characters are saying. I'd recommend watching the film with the subtitles turned on to pick up the broken dialogue when characters whisper.

    Overall a good show, and I'd definitely recommend it....more info
  • Very good horror movie, from a BIG horror movie fan
    Was Cloverfield a horror movie? Not really. It was a suspense movie with a monster, but it was good. It was entertaining. Special effects were good. Story wasn't bad, characters made you want to root for them. Why mention it here? Because most people compare this movie to it simply because it has the "shaky camera in a suspense movie" thing going on. And the same people who hated Cloverfield & Blair Witch hate this one. Same people who get motion sick easy. But that's part of what makes these movies more realistic & believable (well maybe not Clover so much).

    Quarantine was excellent! One of the top horror movies of 2008. If you like horror movies & don't mind the camera shake, you'll enjoy this movie. I hate when people dog horror movies for the bad acting. How many horror movies have you seen with good acting? It's not about the acting. It's about how the film makes you feel. Does it creep you out? Upset you? Make you want to leave the night lite or TV on all night?

    There will always be the haters who don't like great horror movies like The Ring & Blair Witch. They hate to like movies that the masses do. Like what entertains you, not what others like or hate just because they do.
    This is a great film. It's believable & sets up a scenario that COULD happen. It's unique & original. Sure there is alot of zombie movies out there. Why? Because there is an audience for them. I thought 28 Weeks Later was freakin brilliant. One of the scariest movies I've ever seen. Maybe you guys aren't watching these movies with good surround sound cranked up? That makes a HUGE difference. Because at the beginning of 28 Weeks when the zombies bust through that cottage out of the blue, you WILL jump if your volume is up!

    When the cameraman in Quarantine looks up in the attic & that freak lunges at him you WILL jump? Tell me you've seen a cameraman beat to death a woman in first person camera view? Now that is original stuff. I value everyone's opinion but as a horror movie fan, you owe it to yourself to check this one out ASAP. So go rent/buy this movie today!...more info
  • The Best Horror Since The Descent
    This movie is excellent! I couldn't disagree more with the negative reviews. I am a horror film junkie and I thought I was fairly desensitized to scary movies. This is the most frightening film I've seen in many years. The cast, sound, cinematography, direction, make-up, woredrobe, script, plot; it was all perfect to me. Very original and very intense. After a second viewing, I am still amazed! This is contemporary horror at its best. ...more info
  • What a pathetic joke
    I miss the good old fright movies.
    This movie is just pathetic.
    i sat through the whole thing, gore and all. only to be given the most stupid ending.
    i can not understand why film makers suddenly decide, "oh yeah, i need to end this movie." so the film maker just does some kind of stupid unrelated ending.
    the only good thing i can say about this movie is that it did have ENGLISH closed captions for the hearing impaired but other wise do not waste your time or money on this movie, it just is stupid....more info
  • Great potential, but devolves into nothingness...
    For fans of Cloverfield [Blu-ray], here is another offering with the audience's viewpoint being that of a camera operator in the film. This movie starts off slow and halfway through, builds to an interesting predicament with said cameraman and his news reporter (Jennifer Carpenter) being trapped in an apartment complex under surveillance by the CDC. The "zombie"-like elements of this movie are fun, and there is just enough suspense and uneasiness to keep one entertained. However, by the end of it, Quarantine feels like a confusing mess. The viewer, limited by the scope of the "single" camera, can't decipher who is infected and what is at stake. It concludes with the lead actress in a scene similar to that of Clarice Starling and Jame Gumm in Silence of the Lambs. But unlike that movie, most viewers of Quarantine probably don't care what happens to this heroine when all is said and done ......more info
  • Picky, picky people. This was a great flick.
    Boy, the reviews on Amazon for this movie are very extreme. Some hate it because they wanted a zombie flick. Others hate it because it was a frame for frame remake of Rec. Still others hate it becuase the characters don't act the way they wanted them to. This film really seemed to strike a nerve around here. Look at the reviews for most other Amazon titles. You will rarely see such a mixed bag.

    Jeez...

    I'm glad I didn't read these reviews before seeing it for myself. I whole-heartedly enjoyed it. It very much had a Cloverfield feel, but with a rampaging virus instead of a monster. I didn't see any Resident Evil in this movie - it was much better than that. This film was solidly Cloverfield meets 28 Days Later.

    The ending is no surprise; we all know that we are watching a video of the recorded events. That of course gives us no reason to root for our heriones to see the light of day - no reason to become too attached to them or care for their safety. Nevertheless, I like the fact that the filmakers gave us 10 minutes to meet the main characters. Even that small connection to them was important.

    If I was forced to find a single negative about this film, it would be that it is unlikely that a camaeraman would film the events as well as he did once his survival was at stake. I'd think the camera would be used as little more than a flashlight at that point. Cloverfield did a better job of explaining the camera, as the cameraman felt as though the video would be his legacy - that he knew he wouldn't survive the day.

    Putting that minor point aside, this was really a great film....more info
  • This movie should be quarantined
    Without a doubt the worst movie I have seen in the last year. Bad acting, stolen plot lines, terrible pacing - complete junk....more info
  • Quarantine
    Definately one of the better horror films of 08. Very fast paced, never gets boring. The only problem is that it is so fast paced there is never time to build up the tension so you always know that something is bout to happen and there isn't really any element of suprise. Actually one other problem is that they show the end in the preview so when it's towards the end you already know whats gonna happen and how it's gonna end. overall it's definately a good buy ...more info
  • CLAUSTROPHIC HORROR
    In 1999 audiences were placed into the middle of fear with THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, a film that used first person hand held camera to insert the viewer into the action. This was taken a step further early in 2008 with CLOVERFIELD. That form is kicked up one notch further with the release of QUARRANTINE.

    The film opens with a news reporter named Angela Vidal (Jennifer Carpenter) shooting a puff piece about what it's like to be a fire fighter. We're put through the paces as she gets to know the two men she'll be riding with that night, what the station is like, what the men are like, etc. Eventually, they are called out on a call and the film picks up the pace a bit. The earlier part may have been slow, but it establishes the characters well.

    They arrive at an old apartment building and are met by two police officers as well as a few residents. It seems screams were heard from the apartment of an elderly woman on an upper level. When they go to investigate, they get more than they bargained for.

    Miss Espinoza is shaky, startled, had blood on the front of her nightgown and seems to be drooling. As the officers try and calm her down so they can help her, she backs away. When the closest turns his back on her, she leaps on him and begins gnawing on his neck. Subdued by one of the firefighters, the rest take the injured officer downstairs.

    One of the residents is a veterinarian who attempts to help. They get the officer to another room to a long table to be looked at and return to the foyer only to nearly be bombarded by the body of the fire fighter whose been tossed over the railing to the floor. Nope, this is not an ordinary call.

    When they begin to leave the building to get help, they discover that the entire place has been sealed off from the outside. It seems the CDC has arrived and considers the whole place a danger. From here on out the film feels like a reversal of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD: instead of barricading yourself inside to protect from what is out, we have a group of people locked in, trying to protect themselves from what is right next to them.

    The vet realizes what the problem is and using the symptoms states that this seems to be a case of rabies unlike any other. What should take days to appear is taking minutes. And while most would think rabies is curable, it seems that once the signs show it's a done deal.

    Characters are bitten, infected and shortly thereafter become the raving lunatics with foam filled mouths attempting to bite the nearest person who is uninfected. Every attempt to escape the building is met with blockaded doors, armed military and finally gunfire. There is no escape. And the chances of survival weaken with each fallen victim rising to infect more.

    Told from the first person perspective of the camera, somewhat in real time, the movie makes you feel as if you are there, in the midst of it all. The feeling of the walls closing in around you as the hope of exit is dropped over and over again permeates the film.

    When you get down to the final survivors you wonder if the film will allow them the safe haven of rescue. It seems doubtful but what point would there be in watching without that glimmer of hope we experience just as those in the building do?

    The acting here is tremendous. It would be so easy to simply read a script and meet your mark. But to play back and forth in a realistic sense takes talent. Carpenter does a great job going from novice to intrepid reporter to simply terrified observer trying to stay alive. The rest of the cast does just as great a job whether they're trying to live or foaming at the mouth.

    There are movies that terrify because of their subject matter. There are those that scare because of fears of the supernatural. But movies like this, where the possibility exist, where you find yourself less watching and more pulled into the part of the camera man, offer scares that stick with you. The only thing that could make it more terrifying is to turn to the person next to you and notice a bit of drool on their lips.
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  • Oh so bad.
    I really want the 86 minutes of my life back that were wasted watching this movie. If I ever hear Jennifer Carpenter scream again, it will be too soon. Absolutely awful. And I'm a huge horror flick fan, love zombie movies, love vampire movies, liked Resident Evil, etc. Quarantine deserves a razzie in the horror category. ...more info
  • Good Movie
    I enjoyed "Quarantine". I was used to the shakey camera work after seeing "Cloverfield", so I was not troubled by it. It was good to see Steve Harris from the great television show "The Practice". Unfortunately, he was the cameraman taking the picture which is the audience view, so he had little on screen time. Jennifer Carpenter, as Angela Vidal, looked much better than she does in "Dexter"....more info
  • Not too bad...but copies Diary of the Dead
    This movie seemed somewhat like a cheap knockoff of Romero's Diary of the Dead, due to the film revolving around an over-the-sholder camera, but the movie itself turned out to be an interesting scenario.

    A news reporter and her camera man are allowed to tag along with a fire engine crew reporting to an apartment complex. Everything seems routine until the group is attacked by a crazed lady in an apartment. What makes it worse is that the government has blocked all the exits and have sealed everyone in. No one knows what is going on and everyone starts freaking out. To make matters worse, the apartment residents are starting to succum to a rabies-like infection which makes them homicidal killers. Can anyone make it out alive before its too late?

    I think this movie deserves a look for people who like 28 Days Later and Dawn of the Dead remake. If you are a fan of the video game Left 4 Dead, this movie gives an eerie premise for the game....more info
  • Suitably Scary If Unoriginal Use of the Live-Video Format
    There's something to be said for a reasonably straight run-of-the-mill horror film. It used to be that flicks like QUARANTINE were considered B premises. They'd woo some B list actors (maybe a few familiar faces but most likely no big names). They'd secure some pretty solid shooting locations (maybe, again, no recognizable landmarks). And they'd bring in some solid production and post production people. Much of the fun (and, consequently, much of the profit) in putting out a B horror flick would be to make sure there was plenty of "scream time" up on the silver screen. The flick would open to modest reviews, if it even screened for critics before the studio's release date, and viola! You'd have a modest money-maker for a low production costing horror flick, and none were the wiser for having participated.

    Then, a little thing called THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT came along, and, with an independent filmmaker's sensibility, horror films were suddenly expected to do just a bit more with their productions. Sure, the studio could still go after B-grade talent (this is NOT intended to be dismissive of any actor's abilities, just an honest reflection that the film probably would not star a main stream box office blockbuster talent along the likes of Meryl Streep or Mel Gibson), but the intent would be to up the creative aspect of the storytelling -- say, a weekend news reporter and her cameraman trying to do a basic human interest story to fill some available broadcast time on the local ABC or Fox affiliate -- and find new ways to create the same old scares.

    Such is the case with QUARANTINE, a smartly produced zombie flick (who woulda thunk it?) based on an earlier Spanish production. While one could make the argument that there's very little new to see here, QUARANTINE still manages to take its basic setting -- an attractive news-babe and her cameraman doing a human interest story on the local fire station do a ride-along to a common distress call that turns out to be far more extraordinary ... so WHY NOT keep filming? An apartment building's tenants have begun to display strange behaviors, and, before you can say Armageddon Virus, everyone is quarantined inside the tenements with the CDC and the military surrounding the place and prohibited anyone from leaving. What appears to be a case of exposure to a new form of rabies turns out to be the creation of a biological virus if, unleashed, could bring about the end of the world.

    It's a great premise, played up with solid production detail. The herky-jerky camera work isn't as distracting as it was (at least, for my tastes, that is) in THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT and CLOVERFIELD, but there are times when it pushes the limits of vertigo. All of the acting is acceptable for an under-exposed horror flick (I barely recall this one getting its theatrical run). All of the players do great work in helping to ratchet up the claustrophia here -- the tight quarters of an urban apartment complex plays out much like another character here -- and the scares are a'plenty.

    If I find any fault here, I could come up with two. First, the handheld camera technique is effective but it almost feels routine. There wasn't enough difference between this handheld camera production and the last handheld camera production to really bring much distinction to the film, and I found that a bit disappointing. Lastly, I'd have to find fault with the production house's advertising people b/c, if you watched the coming attraction for the film at all, then the climax has been completely and utterly spoiled. I have no problem with a few surprises being revealed, but why the ending? Isn't that more than a bit stupid?

    Oh, well. No harm, no foul, I guess. Pop in QUARANTINE and enjoy the thrills....more info
  • Horrible Movie
    The best part of this movie? When it was over. Half an hour in you wonder why you're still watching. You spend more time looking at the floor, the wall, and empty space than you do actually seeing anything happen.

    You get no real explanations. Through the course of the movie I went from simply wanting to smack Jennifer Carpenter's character to wanting to beat her to death with a sledge hammer. Don't waste your time on this one....more info
  • One of the worst
    I have to stop relying on commercials to choose what movies to see. I was intrigued by the commercial for Taken and actually went to the theater to see a very enjoyable film. Unfortunately, this wasn't the case for the film Quarantine. I watched the commercial quite a few times and it seemed interesting. Not interesting enough to go to the theater but enough to add it to our `rent one weekend' list. It recently came out on DVD and my wife picked it up along with Saw 5. We like to watch our horror flicks in the dark, but after the ending credits rolled on Quarantine, I turned on the lights and we were all like this was one of the worst films we ever saw. And we sat through Cloverfield. I have nothing against hand held camera shots, and I do love a good zombie film, but please who the hell funded this film? The plot was ridiculous; some of the acting atrocious and the throwaway characters was just that. That was 90 minutes of my life that I will never get back, and $5.00 my wife wasted....more info
  • Horrible Movie, I'd Advise to Skip It
    This is a horrible movie experience. I happened to get tricked into paying for this movie, based upon some positive reviews, but if I knew what it was going to be like, I wouldn't have watched it.

    This movie artistically is a ripoff of Night of the Living Dead and The Blair Witch Project. It's a "zombie" movie masquerading as an "infection" movie, as I'll explain below. It's like Blair Witch because everything is filmed from the first-person cameraman/interview format. So one couldn't really call it creative.

    Intellectually it makes no sense. The people trapped within a quarantined apartment building supposedly have a virulent form of rabies, but if one thinks about it, they are really "zombies." Those who are attacked and killed "come back" as killers. But it is (falsely) put forth as them being sick with rabies, which makes zero sense. If they really have rabies, are crazed and super-energized, and are fiercely ripping other people to shreds, then the other people will die. But the victims come back as "zombies", which makes no sense. Would a rabid bloodthirsty animal stop ripping up its victim, just so that the victim will still live and bite others? Of course not. That's one thing that bugged me intellectually about the film. Another bothersome thing is that the people act irrationally. First of all, why wouldn't the outside forces communicate to those trapped inside more, rather than just shut them in and keep them in the dark? Also, if there were others that are infected in the building, then why wouldn't you just keep the well ones in one area and protect them with the lone armed cop's gun? So the fact that there are logical flaws in the people's behaviour, makes me less able to stomach the gore and sadistic elements of the whole ordeal.

    I realize that most horror movies have some sort of sadistic element within them, and this does as well. Watching people being brutalized gives the viewer chills, but in a well-made movie at least, there is some way out, some way to fight back, and maybe some redemption. But in this film, you just get a lot of brutalization with no resolution apart from everyone dying. Further, it has particulary sadistic elements, in which you get to see close-up through the camera lots of people get viciously attacked and lots of "infected" people, many of them slightly built women who were just moments before decent human beings, beaten to death. The fact that this looks very real and has nothing to do with fantasy-type monsters, makes it more disturbing in my view, than say, a guy getting eaten by a dinosaur. At one point, a child becomes a zombie and attacks people and I was horrified at the thought that the child would have to be killed by the remaining well peopele, but at least the directors had the sense not to show that (the child attacks the cop and the cameraman runs off).

    This movie is very manipulative. As I said above, what happened could never happen the way it happened, but the director has you trapped in this type of claustrophobic hell and you just cringe your way through it. For example, the outsiders send in one doctor with just one bodyguard with a gun. Of course, an infected guy goes crazy and kills the bodyguard. Why didn't they send in two, three or five armed guys? Because the director manipulated you into sending in just one pathetic guy with a gun, who gets sumarily dispatched.

    I was bothered by the images that I saw, with people getting attacked, bitten to shreds by other "zombies," and beaten to death in horrible ways. At one point I was watching a big cameraman beating this "infected" slightly built woman to death, her face breaking apart very close up through his camera, and I wondered if this is how sadistic spousal abusers or criminals feel..... definitely not a good feeling.

    I believe that Quarantine is not worth seeing for any reason....more info
  • Great potential, but devolves into nothingness...
    For fans of Cloverfield [Blu-ray], here is another offering with the audience's viewpoint being that of a camera operator in the film. This movie starts off slow and halfway through, builds to an interesting predicament with said cameraman and his news reporter (Jennifer Carpenter) being trapped in an apartment complex under surveillance by the CDC. The "zombie"-like elements of this movie are fun, and there is just enough suspense and uneasiness to keep one entertained. However, by the end of it, Quarantine feels like a confusing mess. The viewer, limited by the scope of the "single" camera, can't decipher who is infected and what is at stake. It concludes with the lead actress in a scene similar to that of Clarice Starling and Jame Gumm in Silence of the Lambs. But unlike that movie, most viewers of Quarantine probably don't care what happens to this heroine when all is said and done ......more info
  • Wow, that was bad...
    I love a good horror movie. In fact, my favorite movie of all time was the brilliantly-written Halloween. Wonder why Halloween was so successful? Because they had characters you cared about, suspense from beginning to end, and tension that allowed the viewer to use their imagintion to get scared vs. in-your-face props. Quarantine had NONE of that. The acting was terrible, the characters were one dimensional, and the plot was...wait, was there a plot? If you've ever walked through a haunted house then you've seen Quarantine. It's 90 minutes of zombies juming out at you and just barely missing the main characters while devouring secondary characters. Shaky camera work makes it hard to follow. In one scene a cop shoots a zombie, end of story. Why not have everyone who's not infected stand in a corner and the cop shoot every zombie that comes at them? Bam, problem solved. This movie was laughable, and a complete waste of time. It's ridiculousness takes you out of the moment which is something a movie should never do. I never write reviews, but if this is the future of horror, I'll take vinatge John Carpenter any day....more info
  • Pretty great horror flick! (Despite all these negtive reviews!)
    Having seen the original version of this movie ([rec]) I have to admit I expected to hate this version knowing how American studios tend to, well, "Hollywood-ize" things. I was pleasantly surprised - I thought it was a pretty decent horror movie and did jump in my seat in a few places. I even knew exactly where the movie was going and still felt that they drew me along for the ride.
    I think the comments made so far about this film (and yes, I did make the mistake of reading most of the users comments and reviews before watching it) are needlessly negative. I thought the lead actress did a great job - yes, I did feel like slapping her to shake her into action a few times during the film, but all in all, how in the heck would YOU react if you were dropped into her situation? Oh, right...you'd be heroic and not hysterical at all.
    The 'shaky' camera work did not bother me once I became accustomed to it - yes, we are supposed to get the whole 'you are there' experience and I think the director achieved that.
    Yes, it's dark. Yes, it's sometimes out of focus. The whole point of creating that kind of an atmosphere seems to have been missed altogether - it's what you CAN'T see that's going to be much more suspenseful and nerve-wracking than the clearly filmed masked murderer or CGI ghost.
    The film-makers weren't out to make the next Oscar contender - they wanted to make a fun and suspenseful horror film and I, for one, think they did just that. Kudos to them! And I hope that others will give the movie a chance and not watch with a "comparative" frame of mind - just enjoy it....more info
  • Scary, intense, yet somewhat lacking.
    What if you were locked inside your home by the government in order to contain some sort of terrible plague? Scary huh? Well what if you were locked inside your home with dozens of angry flesh eating zombies? Eww, now THAT'S scary. Such is the premise of Quarantine, a zombie film that pays homage to the new age of first person camera views ala "Blair Witch Project" and "Cloverfield" while also managing to pay tribute to classic and modern zombie films such as "28 Days Later" and Romero's original classic, "Night of the Living Dead."

    A film crew from a local LA news station is shadowing a group of firemen when they get sent to an apartment complex. Everything seems routine until an old woman in one of the apartments becomes extremely violent, biting a police officer in the neck and throwing a firefighter three stories off a balcony. Shortly after the CDC arrives and barricades the doors in the apartment complex, sealing them in. Outside the windows soldiers are stationed with orders to shoot on sight anyone attempting to leave the building. The complex's dozen or so inhabitants, along with the news crew, firemen, and police, are trapped in the dark, and the disease is spreading quickly.

    All us zombie buffs remember Romero's miserably failed attempt to bring the first person camera experience to the zombie genera with "Diary of the Dead." It would seem the master who created the zombie genera may not have been cut out for the first person perspective. His film had numerous problems, from far too many cuts, idiotic use of music, to unlikable and unbelievable characters. Quarantine, fortunately, has far more in common in terms of style with "Cloverfield" then it does with Romero's failed movie. The initial confusion, the mounting dread, anger, despair, and the final chaos are portrayed very will in this film. Rarely do the scares seem gimmicky, and unlike in other first person films it actually makes sense that they don't just put the camera down. Here it's not just for documenting the events, it's also used as a weapon and a primary light source since the power is shut off in the complex rather early on. Plus, since the complex is rather small and confined there aren't that many places to run anyway so ditching it would cause more harm then good. Dare I say, but I think Quarantine may have just solved the most pressing problem first person films had. Kudos.

    Any zombie buff worth his salt can spot the homage's to classic zombie films. The dark confined space with the hysteric female lead and strong black character is very reminiscent of Night of the Living Dead, while the zombies themselves (okay, for you purists out there, the `infected') share a lot of characteristics with the zombies of 28 Days Later (virus very much like rabies transmitted through infected bodily fluid not limited just through biting), in both looks and movements. Piercing red eyes, quick jerky movements, snarling, throwing up blood, show signs of starvation in extreme cases, etc. Not just gross looking and fun to watch, but also extremely scary, much more so I'd say then the treatment they were given in 28 Days Later or any other recent zombie films including Romero's two most recent films. What really makes these zombies scary though is the fact that you know all of them. There aren't that many people in the apartment complex, so when you see an infected person running after the camera you know exactly who it is. Their not just random people you've never seen before, that girl coming after you is the little girl they interviewed earlier, or that skinny white guy who was fighting to go back up to his room earlier. The film doesn't give you many names, but it still gives one chills to see someone you were talking to ten minutes ago run after you trying to bite your flesh off.

    Unfortunately this movie is not without its share of flaws. Although the question of why they don't just drop the camera and run is solved in this film, what the man holding the camera chooses to film is this films big question mark. Hell, when you've got night vision on your camera, and you're in the middle of a pitch black room with a zombie that's looking for you, wouldn't it be smart to keep your eye on the zombie instead of the hysterical woman next to you? You know, just in case it hears you and decides to come after you? These problems persisted throughout the film and can really take the viewer out of the moment, and when that happens all the strengths of the first person view go flying out the window.

    Plus if you liked the subtle dry humor of Cloverfield you can forget about it. There is absolutely NO humor at all in this film, no funny wise cracks, no sarcastic witty character, no slightly scary yet humorous situations, just straight up horror the whole way through from the time they leave the station to the time the credits role. Which might be a good thing for you, but speaking personally, I liked the humor in Cloverfield, I liked the subtle sarcasm. Sometimes you need that in a film, there's only so much flesh eating zombie carnage you can watch before you start thinking the film takes itself a little too seriously. But hey, don't listen to me; I after all am one of the few people who actually liked Land of the Dead which apparently means I'm not to be trusted. Oh well.

    So what's the verdict? Mix a little bit of Cloverfield with a tad of 28 Days Later and a good helping of Night of the Living Dead, and you get Quarantine. Sound like a good time? You bet, but don't expect a masterpiece, these days masterpieces in the zombie genera are hard to come by. But hey, you take what you can get, and in this case you get one really fun, if somewhat flawed, zombie flick.

    Replay value; high.

    Movies to see if you liked this (besides the ones already mentioned).
    *Dawn of the Dead.
    *Day of the Dead.
    *Dawn of the Dead remake.
    *28 Weeks Later.
    *Return of the Living Dead.
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  • The Best Horror Since The Descent
    This movie is excellent! I couldn't disagree more with the negative reviews. I am a horror film junkie and I thought I was fairly desensitized to scary movies. This is the most frightening film I've seen in many years. The cast, sound, cinematography, direction, make-up, woredrobe, script, plot; it was all perfect to me. Very original and very intense. After a second viewing, I am still amazed! This is contemporary horror at its best. ...more info