Directed by John Dowdle
“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’ve 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. ”
“Quarantine” is rated R for bloody violent and disturbing content, terror and language.
This movie is also exceedingly slow in getting to the interesting parts. Too much time is spent at the beginning establishing the characters of the firemen and the documentary crew. When they do get to the building, everything that unfolds is rather predictable. It seems like most of the movie was built around 3 or 4 action moments which are cool but take way too long to get to. If you watch this on DVD, you may be at an advantage over those who saw it in theaters. You can fast forward through 5 minutes of a guy walking down a hall to get to the 15 seconds of zombie attack. You’ll also avoid getting motion sick as the camera shakes for 89 minutes.
One the positive side, Jennifer Carpenter is a pretty good lead as Angela Vidal. The film also has a pretty satisfactory explanation for the outbreak of the virus. They don’t fall for the usual government conspiracy or bio-weapon plot point. The ending is also a bit creepy though a tad drawn out.
Unless you’re a major horror fan, I’d recommend watching some other zombie or outbreak film like “28 Days Later” or “Dawn of the Dead.” I’ve also heard that the Spanish film that this is based on was better, so that may be worth tracking down and watching instead.
You’ll find your standard bonus features on this DVD. There’s a commentary, a making-of featurette, and a spotlight on the stunts. I was particularly interested in a featurette on the make-up design for the film.