After experiencing what they think are a series of "break-ins", a family sets up security cameras around their home, only to realize that the events unfolding before them are more sinister than they seem.
A television reporter and her cameraman are assigned to spend the night shift with a Los Angeles Fire Station. After a routine 911 call takes them to a small apartment building, they find police officers already on the scene in response to blood curdling screams coming from one of the apartment units. They soon learn that a woman living in the building has been infected by something unknown. After a few of the residents are viciously attacked, they try to escape with the news crew in tow, only to find that the CDC has quarantined the building. Phones, internet, televisions and cell phone access have been cut-off, and officials are not relaying information to those locked inside. When the quarantine is finally lifted, the only evidence of what took place is the news crew's videotape. Written by
(at around 51 mins) When the bio-suited CDC doctors enter the building, you hear the sounds of a self-contained breathing apparatus. However, the doctors are wearing standard gas masks with NBC filters, which are almost silent and don't use an external air supply. However, on the DVD/Blu-ray commentary for this film, the director/executive producer explain that because there was no musical score for this picture, they chose to "score" it using sound effects throughout. This is evidenced on the filmmaker commentary in the above scene, where the filmmakers further discuss the process by which the post-production sound department began creating sound effects as soon as the film editing process began, thus allowing the editor to "test out different breathing sounds" to see what worked best for dramatic effect. One could deduce that the sound effects used were intentionally inaccurate so as to add to the suspense of the moment rather than to be factually accurate. See more »
quite possibly the most unnecessary remake of all time!
Quarantine is a remake of the Spanish found-footage horror film, REC.REC was a fantastic horror film, and Quarantine is nothing more than an almost identical copy of it. It is apparent that the filmmakers had no artistic or creative agenda, and their sole intention was to make money. I find it baffling that this film was even made without loads of copyright issues. The film, in and of itself, is not awful, the camera-work and cinematography was very good, and the lack of music and long camera takes made for a very raw and realistic feel. However, neither of those things impressed me since they are merely a mimic of the original film. The performances and dialogue felt much more scripted and cliché, the blood/gore effects were bad, and possibly worst of all, the ending/climax of the movie was completely changed and made stupid and awful. The one thing that the Quarantine has to stand apart from it's source material is the ending, but the change was entirely for the worse. Overall, for someone who has never seen REC, Quarantine may seem okay, but for someone who has, it was maddeningly terrible.
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