Written 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.