Quarantine title

Tag line : On March 11 2008, the government sealed off an apartment complex in Los Angeles.
The residents were never seen again. No details. No witnesses. No evidence. Until now.

QuarantineEver watched a film and got the distinct impression, you'd seen it somewhere before? This 2008 US horror film concerns a TV film crew, who are following the LA fire department around as part of documentary they’re shooting, when they get called to an apartment block to help the police break into one of the flats.

Believing the old lady within to be injured and unable to open the door, the break in only to find her suffering from some sort of rabies like virus, and in no mood to be rescued, as she proceeds to attack the emergency crews trying to help her.

But when they try to leave the building and call for backup, they find that the authorities have sealed the doors and placed the building under quarantine, with national guard soldiers and hazmat teams preventing anyone from entering or leaving.

With the rabies like virus spreading throughout the building, turning the infected into blood thirsty killers, the surviving firemen, police officers and tenants find themselves fighting a battle for survival, as the documentary team captures all the shocking events on their cameras.

Now if all this sounds familiar, that's because this was a virtual shot-for-shot remake of the 2007 Spanish horror film [REC], with Jennifer Carpenter (from TV's Dexter) and Jay Hernandez (of Hostel fame) in the lead roles.

As with [REC], the film is shot from a 'first-person perspective' (Blair Witch style) using the footage from the film crews camera, and viewed on its own merits, is quite an entertaining zombie film. However, fans of the original [REC] may consider this as a pail imitation.

Personally, on a pure entertainment level, I enjoyed this and is definitely one I'd recommend to zombie film fans. Though I would also suggest picking up [REC] as a companion piece.

Overall Marks : 6/10. 

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Alternate tag lines "Contain the Truth",

  • When Angela (Jennifer Carpenter) and Scott (Steve Harris) get into the room with lab equipment near the end of the film, one of the newspaper articles on the wall, with the headline "Doomsday Cult Suspected in Weapons Lab Break In" was a real article, they just changed the headline. The original headline was "Dead by 34: How AIDS and Starvation Condemn Zimbabwe's Women to An Early Grave" by Daniel Howden, which was written in Nov 17, 2006

  • The films budget was $12,000,000, some 7 times that of the original Spanish version.

  • Jay Hernandez also starred in "Hostel" and "Roadkill" (AKA Joy Ride).

  • As with [REC], there were no opening credits to this film.

  • Jennifer Carpener also played the lead character Emily in "The Exorcism of Emily Rose", she also played Debra in the US TV show "Dexter".

  • Steve Harris, who played Scotty the cameraman, was actually running behind the films real cameraman throughout the film, so when he delivered his lines it sounded like it was him doing the filming. Whereas in [REC] they simply used the cinematographer to play the cameraman.

  • The fire house at the start of the film was a real firehouse, not a set. The shot with the firetruck going out on a call during the opening scene was a real crew going out on an actual call, and was not staged for the camera.

  • Unlike [REC], the apartment complex was a purpose built set and not an actual block of flats.

  • Though a virtual shot for shot remake of [REC], this version omits any mention about the disease being a biological cause of demonic possession, which was hinted at in the original.

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