Movie Review: Quarantine

Published by Clay Cane on Friday, October 10, 2008 at 4:27 pm.

quarSummary: An overzealous reporter and her cameraman are trapped in a Los Angeles apartment complex that is being quarantined by the CDC. Each horrific moment is caught on tape.

Review: Blame it on the “Blair Witch Project.” Ever since the cult horror film hit theatres in 1999, Hollywood has gotten the bright idea to copy the formula in every way possible. In many ways it is lazy filmmaking, you do not need a tight script (improvising can work for dialogue) and poor lighting with jerky camera angles supposedly creates drama and fear. If this style of filmmaking annoys you, do not go see “Quarantine,” if you are not too bothered by it—run to the theatre now. It’s a horror flick thrill ride with an acceptable plot that never stops making you jump.

“Quarantine” could have easily fallen a part; it is actually a remake of the Spanish film “Rec.”  But, the director, John Erick Dowdle, manages to create tension and suspense throughout each scene. By playing on your basic fears, the government and disease outbreak, the audience feels for the characters and wonders what they would do in this type of madness. Angela Vidal, is perfectly frantic as the eager reporter, Jennifer Carpenter—she has potential scream queen lungs in her. Her dramatic but realistic performance carries the film, regardless if you can see what’s going on and you are getting motion sickness (think “Colverfield”!).

The good thing about horror flicks is it is the one place where you will find diversity. Columbus Short plays a cocky cop and Steve Harris, who was in “Tyler Perry’s Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” is the reporter’s cameraman. Also, they defy the stereotypes of Black men in horror flicks.

Overall, “Quarantine” is a strong horror movie for the season and one of the better to be released this year. The last 15 minutes is hardcore suspense that redeem any cheap movie making flaws.

“Quarantine” is in theatres now.

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