A television reporter and her cameraman are trapped inside a building quarantined by the CDC after the outbreak of a mysterious virus which turns humans into bloodthirsty killers.
I saw this movie when it first came out, and at that time I was more sensitive to horror. I was absolutely terrified, no joke. The zombie citizens would just come out of no where and scream as loud as they good. In result, the pop-up moments were absolutely startling! This is the scariest horror movie out there about zombies, for sure. This movie is for adults! I don't recommend this movie for teens, and especially not for kids!
The simple story line centers on the ill-fated plan by comely television reporter Angela (Jennifer Carpenter) and her cameraman (Steve Harris) to cover the night shift at a local firehouse. After an obligatory slow-build depicting Angela's playful interactions with the flirtatious firefighters, the film kicks into higher gear when a distress call sends the men to a small apartment building, with the journalists tagging along.
Quarantine (14A) * * *
By ROBERT WALDMAN
Pity poor Los Angeles. Known once as the city of angels this hub proves to be downright nasty in Quarantine, a fairly effective thriller from Columbia Pictures now truly freaking folks out at Tinseltown (on Pender, free parking), Esplanade 6, Empire Studio 12, Colossus and Famous Players Silver City cites around B.C.
Indeed, one could say Halloween may just have arrived early thanks to the nifty and nimble efforts of director and co-writer John Erick. Prepare to be scared silly through much of this 89 minute movie that serves up enough gore and suspense to rival any found in recent macabre outings a la Saw and Hostel.
Taking a page right out of the handbook of guerilla in your face filmmaking popularized by the Blair Witch Project Erick smartly sets up this piece of horror nicely through the efforts of a local newscaster. Out to bag a nice story for the news the effervescent Angela Vidal is all sparks as she prepares to do an item on local fire hall 22. Alongside her trusty cameraman the pair get some good coverage at the fire hall and get Ã¢â‚¬Å“assignedÃ¢â‚¬Â to two fireman. After some initial fun around the barracks the duo tag along on what was supposed to be a routine fire drill. Too bad for them things become just a bit testy - and totally out of hand.
Caught off guard the firemen respond to what was supposed to be a simple rescue operation at a dilapidated building in Los Angeles. Once inside the slum dwelling bad things begin to happen. What follows is truly horrific as something bad and wicked is engulfing the building. Heaven help those caught inside.
Smart and sassy, Quarantine should appeal to those who like their horror served up bloody with lots of gore. Fans of the genre of zombies, flesh eating humans and people going berserk may well enjoy this descent into hell. Chaos lights up the screen as tensions between those trapped inside this chamber of horrors get pushed to the max in this free for all.
On screen the acting is quite good and engaging, and a cut above for a thriller. Often films like this just serve up vicarious would-be thrills with the blood flowing and little in the area of real emotion. Here all the characters look like theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re really freaked out and at their wits end. Special mention should go to Jennifer Carpenter (Battle in Seattle) who does scared real good. Reliable Jay Hernandez (World Trade Center) shows up as a fireman out to control the situation. Viewers will feel the heat as their situation gets bleaker by the minute.
Folks able to stomach a pretty effective blood bath will find the horror looking pretty real in Quarantine, a damned good gruesome gory scare. Save for a few too many in the dark hard to see scenes Quarantine rates high as a guilty wicked pleasure.
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