Saturday, June 19, 2010
One of the best of the American remakes of a foreign horror film is Quarantine. Quarantine is fairly faithful to it's Spanish predecessor although it does have a different motive for the outbreak. A motive that is not as fully explained as in the original. If you are not a fan of shaky cam it's a good bet you wont be a big fan of Quarantine. Seeing it in the theater gave me a pretty good headache. The effect isn't nearly as migraine inducing on the small screen. I really can't bring any major faults to bear on the film. Quarantine is a strong film with a capable cast lead by Jennifer Carpenter. Carpenter is probably best known as Deb Morgan on Dexter. Jay Hernandez of Hostel plays one of the firefighters. While Carpenter's hysterics get a bit annoying near the end, I found them realistic under the circumstances she was in. Seeing clips may lead you to think of her as a weak character, but she isn't. Her role is a strong character, way out of her league and in a hopeless situation. My only real bitch is that the promo poster and trailer give away too much. I won't spoil it by saying more about it. Still, while I really enjoyed Quarantine, I liked REC better. Pretty much everything I liked in Quarantine, I liked better in REC. The lead actress was more believable and personable as a TV host and the background cast seems less like actors and more like people filmed for a news crew. The people in REC just looked, and behaved, more like I would expect people to look on a broadcast from a disaster. That being said I highly recommend Quarantine, but watch REC first.