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Quarantine (2008)

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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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John Erick Dowdle

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John Erick Dowdle (screenplay by), Drew Dowdle (screenplay by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Carpenter ... Angela Vidal
Steve Harris ... Scott Percival
Jay Hernandez ... Jake
Johnathon Schaech ... George Fletcher
Columbus Short ... Danny Wilensky
Andrew Fiscella ... James McCreedy
Rade Serbedzija ... Yuri Ivanov (as Rade Sherbedgia)
Greg Germann ... Lawrence
Bernard White ... Bernard
Dania Ramirez ... Sadie
Elaine Kagan ... Wanda Marimon
Marin Hinkle ... Kathy
Joey King ... Briana
Jermaine Jackson ... Nadif
Sharon Ferguson ... Jwahir
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Storyline

A television reporter and her cameraman are assigned to spend the night shift with a Los Angeles fire crew. 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 apartments. 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 leave with the news crew, only to find the building has quarantined. All communication in and it is stopped; the only evidence of what took place is the news crew's videotape. Written by ahmetkozan

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Taglines:

Contain The Truth. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Quarantined See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,211,321, 12 October 2008

Gross USA:

$31,691,811

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$41,319,906
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Both Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza -directors of the original movie REC (2007)- have expressed their big dissatisfaction with this movie. See more »

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Yuri Ivanov: They won't let us out.
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Was this necessary? No, but entertaining nonetheless
20 August 2017 | by stroggosSee all my reviews

Yes, this movie is almost a one-to-one image conversion of the Spanish movie REC. So was this movie necessary? Strictly speaking no. But I found myself still entertained.

The plot is just as simple as the original: A TV crew gets stuck with some firemen in a large apartment house that is the heart of a zombie outbreak.

QUARANTINE does depart in some interesting ways from REC. There's a bit more character development at the beginning, with more time at the fire station to get to know everybody. That's a welcome addition! And the characters do feel pretty real. The female protagonist in particular is quite believable and does carry the movie quite well (the burden is on her, since we see her most of the time). I also liked that QUARANTINE strengthened the role of animals in the movie, and I also felt more "locked in" ... The Spanish version of the movie is overall definitely better at conveying a genuine sense of terror towards the end of the movie, and of course, it had the benefit of being the first, the true innovator. When I saw REC, I did not know what to expect. Since QUARANTINE is essentially a copy with some minor changes, the surprise was gone.

Of course, just like with the original, you have to like found footage movies. QUARANTINE definitely has a lot of shaky camera and a lot of the things that are quite typical of found footage movies, such as the camera falling down or things just being dark or soundless. That said, like any good found footage movie QUARANTINE has a few ingenious things that happen with the "first person" perspective, which you'll appreciate if you're a fan of the "genre". Found footage is jarring and at times irritating for sure, but it also always adds a sense of physicality that I really like.

So all in all, QUARANTINE is a fun and sometimes scary thrill ride. Nothing world- changing, but still worth your time... if you can stand found footage.


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