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  • It's an ok movie for scary movie night!
    It's pretty much your average zombie movie. The first 15 minutes are BORING beyond belief and you can probably fast-forward through it all because it does nothing for the movie. With most movies like this, there are parts that you just think are down right stupid. If I were trapped in a complex full of zombies, the first thing I'd do is, xxx, and the last thing I'd do is xxx. That's pretty much what you're thinking. But if you're looking for a good Friday night, popcorn, spooky movie, it will do the trick I suppose. Just don't expect too much and you won't be disappointed....more info
  • ITS BETTER THAN REC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    LOOK PEOPLE WERE IN AMERICA IF U THINK REC IS BETTER IDK WHAT U ARE SMOKEING QUARANTINE IS SO MUCH BETTER AND THE PICTURE IS BETTER ITS WAY MORE WELL ACTED BLOODY ITS JUST BETTER REC REC 2 COMES OUT SOON BUT QUARANTINE IS JUST BETTER SO DEAL WITH IT MOST PEOPLE DONT KNOW WHAT REC IS...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
  • 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
  • GOOD ENOUGH REMAKE
    QUARANTINE

    Angela is a reporter who is working a story on a local fire department; she is having fun but is looking to go out on a call. So she films herself hanging out with and playing around with the firemen waiting to get some really good footage. She finally gets her wish when the alarm goes off and every one is rushing to the fire trucks. When they come across the building the call came from they notice it is not on fire, but something wicked is waiting inside. Turns out that there are some infected people inside and they are hungry for flesh, remind you of something. By the time they realize what is going on they are locked in by the authorities who are trying to contain the infection. So they are stuck inside trying to survive and make it out of the building.

    For those who do not know this movie is based on an even better film named "REC", a wonderful Spanish film. And while this movie is not horrible it is the weaker of the two in my opinion. This one just seems uneven at times to me and losses its realness after a while, the first half of this film is great though. At first this film feels more like a documentary for real but half way through it goes into a "Cloverfield" feel. You know what I mean like the camera overly shaking but the ending is great.

    Writers John Erick Dowdle [also director] and Drew Dowdle to their credit do a good job remaking the original for American audiences. I say that as compared to other remakes of this kind because this one at least does have some creepy moments. There is some great behind the scenes footage that shows how these guys filmed this movie, interesting stuff and they do a good job on the commentary. As far as the acting every one is solid and believable in the situation, I was really surprised by that.

    This is a decent movie that I fond to be entertaining enough for at least a rental, my Bro agreed with me on that. To any one who has yet to see this I would recommend a viewing because you may enjoy it. But at the same time check out the original film "REC", for those who can't find it will be released in America officially on Jul 14 I believe.
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  • ONE OF THE BEST ZOMBIE FILMS EVER! 9.25 OUT OF 10
    If it's one thing I've got to say about many (not all, but most) of the negative reviews of this product, is that most of them come from people have no taste in horror films and they have a very low vocabulary. Many of the one-star reviews for this film consisted of a grand total of three sentences and common complaints among them went like this; "It was boring." "It wasn't scary." "The camera was too shaky." "It wasn't realistic." That's what many of the negative reviews consisted of, with many of them not giving an explanation for why they thought it was so bad. In one review, the person complained about if the camera man was a professional, why did the camera shake so much? I didn't think the camera shook that much, and anyway, I don't think camera crews are trained for zombie attacks. I think this film absolutely fantastic and it does feel real. I believe that this film is indeed one of the best zombie films of the decade.
    WHAT IT'S ABOUT: A news crew is doing a documentary on the Los Angeles fire department and for the most part nothing interesting has happened yet, and they're having a good time hanging out with the firemen. Then one day, the department receives a call, so the news crew goes along with them for this call to an apartment complex. When they get inside, they go into an apartment for an elderly old woman, only to find out that she has become a zombie and attacks the firemen. As the firemen desperately try to get out of the apartment complex to get two firemen to the hospital, it gets quarantined and everyone in the complex is sealed in, including the firemen and news crew. So the news crew decides to document what is happening while the people inside the building try to find a way out, and avoid being eaten by the rabies-infected zombies, or shot by the military for trying to escape. This is hectic, frenzied horror film that does deliver the scares.
    MUSIC: There is none, sadly.
    ACTING: I thought the actors were for the most part convincing, but not all of them were and sometimes the dialogue felt hammed up. It was generally good overall and most of the actors seemed to know what they were doing.
    ACTION: This film is done similar to Cloverfield's cam corder footage, so that's what it looks like. This film is pretty much Cloverfield meets 28 Days Later, and it's an absolute blast. This film has plenty of scares and tense moments around every corner, and it's quite violent as well. It is a bloody film with nice gore effects. Unfortunately, there were times in which I felt the characters were a little slow to catch onto the fact that you need to shoot or bludgeon the zombies in the head in order for them to stay dead. Not to mention they were slow to catch onto the fact the disease is spread through bites or bodily fluids getting into cuts and openings. The action scenes were fantastic and well-scripted though, which made up for the characters being dumb.
    OVERALL: I'd recommend a buy, definitely. If you haven't seen a good zombie film in awhile, this is a must-have horror film.
    THE GOOD: It's scary, it's bloody, the actors were good, it felt real, and I love the cam corder footage.
    THE BAD: Starts off slow, no music, some moments of questionable acting....more info
  • No Cloverfield.
    I am guessing this was Sony's attempt to copy the profits of Paramounts Cloverfield. To put it short, they failed. Now, its not a completely horrible movie its just not good. You never find out whats going on or why, just people running and screaming.

    Story 1/5
    Camera Effects 1/5
    Gore 3/5
    Entertainment 3/5
    Total: 3 Stars...more info
  • This is a good, intense, well-made, fun movie. Ignore snobs and haters.
    A lot of people just want to show off their snobbery by dissing this film. This movie has a good coherent plot, is very well executed, good pacing, and has the extremely talented Jennifer Carpenter. Its kindof a mix between 28 Days Later and Cloverfield - if you liked either of those movies I think you will like this one.

    Look, I enjoy intelligent films; I love Sherman's March, The Visitor, Punch Drunk Love, etc. But that doesn't mean you can't enjoy and appreciate a thrilling movie like this one.

    Watch it! ...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
  • 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
  • Piece of garbage
    Just like Cloverfield. A very chaotic mess. The camera is never still long enough to tell that is going on. Also the lighting is bad. I don't know came up with the idea of having the "home movie" style of film making. but they need to stop doing it. Save that style for the home video. I was VERY disapponted. ...more info
  • So...unimaginable horror wouldn't cause hysterics........
    After reading the first review here I felt I must add my "two cents" worth. The "Marilyn Burns" style fright (as it was described)comparison was off the mark. First, had I been involved in the Texas Chainsaw scenario that frightened the lead female character, I (a middle-aged tough guy) would have been horrified and I'm not sure what kind of vocal horrifics might come from my mouth with Leatherface chasing me. Secondly, the female lead of Quarantine was a young female reporter who wasn't Lt. Ripley from The Alien or some facsimile of her in hundreds of, women as warriors, movies since. The frights in the quarantined apartment building were worthy of hysterics from a character such as the young female lead in Quarantine. Now if the reviewer generally did not like the movie, no foul, but if not liking the movie was contingent on the belief the main character was too scared and screamed to much at the horror taking place.... I don't think said reviewer knows much about human behavior. Real people would get very scared in the circumstances portrayed in well done horror flicks. Quarantine was well done; atmospheric, well directed, well acted, and frighting. Good job to the writer, director, and actors. I enjoyed it and yes...........almost jumped off the couch a couple of times....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 ... pretty scary considering the possibilities.
    I gave this 3 stars because i don't enjoy watching a movie where the camera is constantly moving around. Movies like The blair witch project and Cloverfield i detested because of this, plus not only that ... they were just stupid.

    Quarantine is scary only because of the possibilities and there are also some of those sudden unexpected scenes, that make you kind of flinch a little.

    One thing i cannot understand is why these movie writers just continue to give the wrong people more and more ideas ...

    ~ :o/...more info
  • 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
  • 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!

    ...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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  • 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
  • I liked it
    Not a lot of people like this movie but I did. I thought it kept to the true horror film. And, a very scary concept if u think about 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Interesting premise with some issues concerning execution
    "Quarantine" explores an interesting idea: what if a group of people were suddenly quarantined within a building, among infected and highly dangerous individuals, and forced to try and survive? The story centers around a female reporter who is doing a show on a fire-fighter station within Los Angeles. With her cameraman filming the entire process (the show's format is that it is filmed entirely from the camera of the cameraman within the show, much like "Cloverfield" or "Blair Witch Project"), the reporter accompanies the firefighters on a mission to provide medical assistance to a sick woman. The woman turns dangerous, and suddenly they and the residents of the apartment building find themselves sealed in by the US government and military.

    The story progresses from there, showing the characters' reactions to the situation, as well as their attempts at surviving the dangerous and sick individuals and animals within the building. Eventually, the basis of the quarantine is revealed, but until then it remains a well-acted, largely fast-moving show.

    The main weakness with the story is that there are several moments where you want to slap the characters. While some stupid decisions are expected (these are people in a highly frightening and unfamiliar situation), the characters make repeated mistakes that pull you out of the film. The show also suffers from some pacing issues at the beginning - it takes a while for the "quarantine" situation to emerge after a slow segment at the beginning of the film.

    Nonetheless, it is a reasonably well-done horror film, with a basis in reality. ...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
  • 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
  • Meh
    The following is an excerpt from another reviewer Tony Mesnard. I just could not have put it better.
    "Things began well, with a nice set up that involved some good banter back and forth. The trip to the apartment complex and the realization that something horrible is happening works well. Sure, some scenes have been changed for added gore/shock value, but overall it was a good, if needless, remake. Unfortunately, what I like to call the "Marilyn Burns Effect" happens and ruins the last 1/3 of the movie. Horror aficionados will remember Marilyn as the actress in the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre. While many hold this film in high regards (and rightly so), Marilyn spends the last 10-20 minutes of the movie running, arms flailing and screaming her head off. Today, reviewing that film, it comes across more humorous than scary.

    And unfortunately, that's what happens in Quarantine. Towards the end, you just want to reach through the screen and slap the main character. I could go into a deep discussion of female hysteria in film, especially as it relates to needing a man to calm her down (usually with a slap to the face), but I won't. Needless to say, that stereotype continues in this film, complete with an unsuccessful talking down by her male camera person, and it turns into a self-parody."

    I agree 100%! I sorta was entertained by the movie but not by much and the last 20-30 minutes left me wanting to turn it off. Hence my one star. I am now curious to see [Rec] because I think the premise to the movie sounds very interesting.

    P.S.- I was so disgusted with the lead actress that I was thrilled that they killed her!
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