Quarantine

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Starring Jennifer Carpenter and Jay Hernandez. Rated 14A.

It’s been almost a decade since The Blair Witch Project, but the fallout from that film’s then-original found-footage conceit still radiates today.

Earlier this year, you had the Godzilla-like destruction of Manhattan being documented by Cloverfield’s inexperienced videographer, whose herky-jerky camera work was off-putting to the extreme. Get ready for 90 more minutes of irritating, first-person POV action with Quarantine, a jittery remake of the 2007 Spanish shocker [REC].

Jennifer Carpenter plays spunky TV reporter Angela, who, accompanied by cameraman Scott (Steve Harris), is shooting a puff piece on Los Angeles firefighters. After several forgettable firehall scenes in which she flirts with one fireman (Jay Hernandez) and playfully deflects the macho come-ons of another (Johnathon Schaech), a 911 call gets everyone racing off to a downtown apartment complex.

When the rescue and TV crews, along with two cops, enter an apartment where screams have been heard, they’re set upon by a foaming-at-the-mouth old hag with a hunger for hunky firemen’s throats. Shortly thereafter, the Centers for Disease Control seals off the building, and before you can say “Cujo”, rumours of a rabies outbreak have the trapped occupants in a panic.

I don’t care how dedicated a TV journalist you are: when a rabid, shrieking hellion lunges for your neck, teeth a-gnashin’, it’s time to hit the standby button and defend yourself.

But Quarantine’s wacky cameraman keeps it firmly on record, using the fragile tool of his trade to continually bash a zombielike fiend in the face until she’s dead and the lens is splattered with blood. Luckily, the killer camera keeps on ticking, right through to the Blair Witch rip-off ending you already saw in the trailer.

At least director John Erick Dowdle—who also went the found-footage horror route with The Poughkeepsie Tapes—stopped short of having snot drip from Carpenter’s overstressed nostrils.

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hoga
This review nails it. What a nasty and ultimately ugly little movie to have to sit through and I was really looking forward to this one. Like the reviewer states if you have seen the trailer to this then you have seen the very end of the movie. So having figured this out half way through the screening you realize there is no hope and no characters to hope for as a viewer. So you have to sit and wait for it all to end. Too bad since it started so well. Why create a movie trailer that gives away the end of the movie?
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