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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.

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A television reporter and her cameraman are assigned to spend the night shift with a Los Angeles Fire Station. After a routine 911 call takes them to a small apartment building, they find police officers already on the scene in response to blood curdling screams coming from one of the apartment units. They soon learn that a woman living in the building has been infected by something unknown. After a few of the residents are viciously attacked, they try to escape with the news crew in tow, only to find that the CDC has quarantined the building. Phones, internet, televisions and cell phone access have been cut-off, and officials are not relaying information to those locked inside. When the quarantine is finally lifted, the only evidence of what took place is the news crew's videotape. Written by Screen Gems

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On March 11 2008, the government sealed off an apartment complex in Los Angeles. The residents were never seen again. No details. No witnesses. No evidence. Until now. See more »

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Rated R for bloody violent and disturbing content, terror and language | See all certifications »

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10 October 2008 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£387,994 (UK) (21 November 2008)

Gross:

£937,833 (UK) (5 December 2008)
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In October 2008 Knott's Berry Farm theme park in Buena Park, California, had a Quarantine-themed walk-through "maze" for the park's 36th annual Knott's Scary Farm Halloween Haunt. It was their third movie-themed Halloween Haunt maze, after Beowulf (2007) and The Grudge 2 (2006). See more »

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When the bio-suited CDC doctors enter the building, you hear the sounds of a self-contained breathing apparatus. However, the doctors are wearing standard gas masks with NBC filters, which are almost silent and don't use an external air supply. See more »

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Angela Vidal: [after witnessing Bernard be killed by a CDC Sniper] Scott... They're not gonna let us out of here alive, are they?
Scott Percival: No... I don't think so.
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Solid Remake, but the original "Rec" was far superior...
14 October 2008 | by See all my reviews

Quarantine is a remake of 2007 Spanish horror film Rec, which has been receiving amazing reviews from horror fans, including myself. It was tense, terrifying and had great acting. I only saw Rec a few months ago, and would say it's one of the best of the year. Hearing about a US remake so soon, especially one told to be shot-for-shot, was kind of ridiculous. However, the cast for Quarantine was good, the trailer and stills looked cool, so I thought I'd give it a watch to see how it holds up to Rec. Needless to say, Rec was better, but I still enjoyed Quarantine. It was better than the remakes of Shutter, The Eye and One Missed Call, that's for sure.

Plot basically tells the story about a young woman who is filming with her cameraman at a fire station in Los Angeles, when they receive a distress call from an apartment. They head out, soon make a horrifying discovery regarding one of the residents and find themselves Quarantined by the government in the apartment building. It's exactly the same plot as the original, but it isn't actually shot-for-shot as there are a few new scenes thrown in there. Good ones, though. The acting was also strong, with Jennifer Carpenter being the lead. Manuela Velaso was better in Rec, but Jennifer did a really good job. I was surprised at the lack of Johnathon Schaech's screen time though, considering he was in nearly every scene in the recent remake of Prom Night. I loved Dania Ramirez and Jay Hernandez too.

Quarantine has really good acting, is entertaining from start to the end, but it has it's flaws. The movie was actually a little slow in one or two parts, and some of the characters I didn't really care for, such as the cocky businessman. I am also rather annoyed by the lack of effort from the writer/directors of this film. Drew and John Dowdle are rather new to the business, and not only have they remade a film that is less than a year old, but the direction and writing just wasn't there. They took most of the screenplay from Rec, so if anyone deserves the writing credit, the original makers deserve most of it. The direction, well, was also lacking...because it's a POV movie and a lot of shots are similar to the original, so the guy clearly didn't do as much as a regular director because it's a POV remake. They have also lied to the audiences, saying that they changed the ending. So they are new to the business, remaking a film less than a year old and lying? Stupid. I feel that the actors, and the creators of the original Rec, made this film what it was. The only things the Dowdle brothers deserve credit for are for their new scenes (5-10 mins total, which probably took an hour or two to write) and well, assisting with some of the direction...oh, and also managing to collect huge paychecks for doing very little of what a normal writer/director would do.

Overall, Quarantine was an entertaining remake after some of the lame ones we've had this year. It's nowhere near as bad as the haters are thinking it is, which actually doesn't make much sense, because if they loved the original...why hate a shot-for-shot remake? Unless it's because it has American actors, which again wouldn't make sense, as they are very talented actors. If you dislike POV movies though, this movie won't really be for you, so don't be an idiot and go and see it, and then complain about feeling sick...it's your own fault! Rec was the superior film, but overall, Quarantine was a good remake. But like I said before, if anyone deserves the credit for this remake, it's the original writer/directors (for the shots, writing and original - this remake wouldn't be here without them) and the actors of this remake. I do advise you though, don't be ignorant over a movie with subtitles, and check out the original Rec. It really is an amazing film.

Quarantine (2008) - 7/10.

Rec (2007) - 9/10.


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