Quarantine 2: Terminal Movie Review


Quarantine 2 posterWritten and directed by John Pogue, Quarantine 2: Terminal is a direct-to-DVD sequel to the 2008’s Quarantine, which is, of course, a remake of the 2007 Spanish horror film, [REC]. While the first Quarantine was, for the most part, a beat-for-beat remake of [REC], Terminal deviates from the path taken by [REC] 2, giving the American version of the series the opportunity to becomes its own entity. However, while being an original story, there is very little about the film that feels fresh, let alone original, as the film is, essentially, Quarantine in an airport.

The film opens up on an airplane, though, the time spent on the plane is minimal, essentially being relegated to the first act and giving just enough time to develop the characters and the infection. It also makes way for a few good red hearings as to what will eventually cause the inevitable infection to begin. The plane is forced to make an emergency landing in Las Vegas after one of the passengers becomes aggressive and begins attacking people, and from this point forward, the movie is set in and around an airport terminal that has, as one would expect, become quarantined.

Outside of the brilliant use of a homonym for the film’s title, Quarantine 2: Terminal is quite a letdown. Not that anyone one should have any expectations for a straight-to-DVD sequel to a mediocre remake of one of the best horror films of the past 10 years. Regardless, I still expected (well, wanted) the film to push the envelope into slightly over-the-top territory, which is how the film was marketed. I mean, the title alone alludes to such a direction.

Things are on the slow side for much of the first hour, which left me desperately waiting for the ‘action’ to kick in, especially considering that the build up is not all too interesting. Unfortunately, even when things do pick up, it’s about as exciting as watching an ice-cube melt. Terminal attempts to take the subdued approach to its horror as opposed to going balls out, which is unfortunate as I would have preferred it to get a little wild. It’d be one thing if the film was strong enough to deliver tension, but it doesn’t, so what we’re left with is a vanilla sandwich with a side of boring.

To be fair, Its’ not that Quarantine 2 is necessarily a terrible movie so much as it’s uninteresting and unoriginal. The film is well made, the acting is solid and there’s a pretty good reveal as to the cause of the infection that greatly diverges from where the [REC] series went. I will say that Quarantine 2: Terminal is, in a way, better than the first film because it does stand on its own and isn’t just a remake of a better film. On the other hand, however, Quarantine was modeled after a fantastic film and, as poorly as it is in comparison, had a good basis to start with, so I suppose you could say both films are equal in their mediocrity.

2 / 5 stars     


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      1. Herner Klenthur April 6, 2013 at 6:04 pm

        I never made it through this movie. Fell asleep twice.

        • Matt-suzaka April 6, 2013 at 6:37 pm

          It’s really boring. I was honestly waiting for it to kick into gear, but it never happened. By the time it hit the hour mark, I was completely out of it and only barely paid attention to the final 25 mins.

      2. Tiago Almeida April 6, 2013 at 7:04 pm

        I couldnt watch the first one, cause REC is so much better, I didnt see the point on keep watching after 10min. I also like REC2 very much, and REC3 even more.
        I do believe these quarantine movies is just a way they tryin to make money.

        • Matt-suzaka April 7, 2013 at 4:17 am

          The biggest issue with Quarantine is that it’s infinitely inferior to REC on a skill level. The camerawork in REC is absolutely brilliant. The tension built using the documentary style is incredible, and something that Quarantine didn’t even come close to comparing to.

      3. Sam Hain April 6, 2013 at 11:39 pm

        I like the first one but this one did away with the “found footage” style. It was poorly written and just bad all the way around.

        • Matt-suzaka April 7, 2013 at 4:18 am

          For sure, Sam, and it’s grossly generic on top of it. There are so many better things that could have been done with that money!

      4. Tiago Almeida April 8, 2013 at 2:48 pm

        yeah, camera work is a big issue with this quarantine movies. But also the actors in REC are so much better, and every change they made was not necessary. Also, REC got this Latin zombie thing, where you can pray they away, wich is pretty cool.

        • Herner Klenthur April 9, 2013 at 11:27 pm

          I didnt mind Quarantine but will agree REC was better.

        • Matt-suzaka April 13, 2013 at 2:28 am

          I absolutely LOVED the lead actress in REC.