Oct 16, 2009

Quarantine Review

Late night television host, Angela (Jennifer Carpenter, of Dexter fame) heads out to the Los Angeles fire station with loyal cameraman, Scott (Steve Harris). After we get acquainted with some of the charming firemen on duty, a call is made to a local apartment complex. Angela and Scott get to tag along, since the danger reported was supposedly minimal. Little do they know that the entire building is soon to be quarantined due to zombie outbreak.

The first thing that will standout to you as you watch this, is the Blair Witch Project/Cloverfield-famed shaky cam, giving this a large sense of realism. Some feel that this movie would have done better if it was done full-on Hollywood, with a normal camera, a tense music score, and more big name actors, but they do a remarkable job in this remake of the Spanish-made, [REC]. Jennifer Carpenter is lovely, and a very charming heroin that you want to see survive. Characters are all fairly believable, and the directing finds a way to really draw you in to care for each and every one of them.

My Highlights:
The entire last quarter of the film starts at the level of great, then gets only better. The ending is one of the most heart-pounding, jaw-clenching, suspense building freakouts I've ever seen. One word - Anne Frank.

Overall Rating:
Definitely one of the few movies I've ever seen that truly scared me, and I watch a lot of horror movies. Not having to rely just on "open the door-ZOMBIE!" tactics, this film will hold a special place for me in my heart, and thus, I give it 4 *'s out of 5. There was a small missing element that could have made this 5*'s, but for the life of me watching it, I don't know what it is. I thought it was spectacular.

When You Should See It:
Right away. Halloween is right around the corner, and I suggest just shilling out the money to buy it. If you spent all of your money on a Halle Berry replica Catwoman Halloween costume, sign up for Netflix now while it's still on Instant Watch.

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