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Starring: Jennifer Carpenter, Jay Hernandez, Rade Serbedzija, Columbus Short

Director: John Erick Dowdle

Screenplay: John Erick Dowdle, Drew Dowdle

Cinematography: Ken Seng

Running Time: 89 Mins.

The Hollywood remake, certainly not a new idea and this will most definately not be the last example of such. The thing is it makes a fine point for why Hollywood certainly shouldn’t tackle foreign language films and make them in the English language for the idiots that are abnoxious enough to not even bother trying to follow subtitles. For you see Quarantine is literally a carbon copy shot for shot remake of last years Spanish horror [Rec], albeit with a few extra seconds of plot and some added and very much unneeded gore…oh yes and a total lack of anything that made its forebear good.

Since it is the same (plot and shot wise) as [Rec] we again follow a film crew (well reporter and cameraman) through the traumatic experience of being trapped in a sealed of apartment block, and from then on it goes pear shaped in the most horrific fashion. This being a total copy it should follow that the same scares, tension, and apathy for the characters would follow. This, however, is not the case at all the characters that seemed so likeable in [Rec] are quite the opposite here with Jennifer ‘Crapenter’ in the lead role proving a real problem, she just becomes an irritating whiner as the film goes on becoming more and more annoying, you simply can’t wait for her to be dragged away (as the poster stupidly shows!). The only vaguely likeable person in the whole experience is the cameraman who we obviously see very little of.

It’s hard to say how my reaction would have been had I not seen [Rec], but in these ‘reality’ films of which [Rec] is far and away the best, the key is to make your characters likeable if you lose that any interest in plot goes with it (see Cloverfield and The Blair Witch Project, for both bad and good examples of this), so in failing on this count Quarantine fails immediatly.

As for the gore factor being ramped up, let’s just say scares do not come from blood and guts they come from suggestion and mind games, the makers of Quarantine clearly failed to recognise this in their counterpart, big no no again, strike two. And strike three, well that would be a total lack of tension in the last ten minutes and the films big reveal at the end, I can genuinely say in [Rec] I saw the most terrifying ten minutes of Horror film up theri onscreen thus far, if Quarantine was going to get something right, it had to be that, but no it alters that enough tomake it unaffecting.

So, whats next Hollywood, The Orphanage Hollywood style, oh …

VERDICT

A few jolt shocks and an abundance of gore do not a good horror make. Forget you even heard of Quarantine and stick with the nail biting experience of [Rec] on DVD.

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