Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza’s grimly effective Spanish-zombie movie [REC] gets the Hollywood treatment in John Erick and brother Drew Dowdle’s scene-by-scene remake.
Quarantine purports to be the surviving document of what happens when aspiring television-news journalist Angela Vidal (Jennifer Carpenter) spends an evening filming the activities of Los Angeles firefighters. After observing the macho horseplay of Jake (Jay Hernandez) and his fireman pals, Vidal and her crew become trapped inside an old apartment building where a strain of rabies is transforming the scuzzy inhabitants into even scuzzier cannibals.
Despite ample opportunity for Cloverfield style shaky-cam hysteria, Quarantine doesn’t have the same nightmarish quality of [REC], with the casting of familiar genre actors like Jonathon Prom Night Schaech and Rabe Eyes Wide Shut Serbedzija working against the supposed authenticity of the film. There are no new twists on the material, and the trailer (and poster) reveal the final shot of the film, nullifying potential suspense for first time viewers. Still, if you didn’t see [REC] and you like frantic, gory horrors, Quarantine just about retains the original’s power to shock.
General release from Fri 21 Nov.