Wednesday, 17 August 2011


Quarantine 2: Terminal [Review]

Opinion: C

Without the slightest clue as to why a low-budget straight-to-DVD sequel strategy to the 2008 original was agreeable, Quarantine 2: Terminal is a cheap spin-off of the Spanish version's premise and takes its horror business to an air terminal instead. However, with the typical abrupt scares and minor juicy gore bites that might excite fans a little, this looks much exactly the way it was intended to be - just another disposable television movie.

Quarantine 2: Terminal starts right after the events of the previous film at LAX, as passengers board a flight to Nashville. When a passenger becomes violently ill with a mysterious rabies-like virus, the plane makes an emergency landing at a large metropolitan airport. Jenny (Mercedes Masohn), a heroic yet inexperienced flight attendant, takes charge of the safety of her passengers.

Relieved when a swarm of heavily equipped emergency vehicles, police units and the CDC arrive, Jenny and the passengers soon discover that they have been quarantined and are now trapped. Desperate to escape, Jenny enlists the help of one of the surviving passengers, a kindergarten teacher, Henry (Josh Cooke), to devise a plan to survive.

Quarantine 2: Terminal has no cinematic feel to its visuals and feels very much like a television horror staple with its flat composition and uninspiring mise-en-scene. There isn't much influential music featured in this video (I don't think it's appropriate to call it a film or movie) and the lines scripted feels lazily cheesy.

In addition, there's average acts by an average cast and together with a somewhat bright photography for a horror film, I can't see how I can recommend this to anyone (let alone horror fans).

But it does deliver some blatant shock scares and the occasional gore delights, if it's your vice.

Admittedly, there wasn't any high expectations of a straight-to-DVD sequel harboured. But the cheap move probably means an imminent end to the US remake of the Spanish horror franchise original [Rec], which may or may not be good news to various.

What this video offers in difference is its premise that is set initially onboard a commercial domestic flight and subsequently continued in an air terminal. While it doesn't benefit much out of it, it's still an effort by the team to offer something fresh on the plates rather than sinfully remaking (the better word is copying) straight out of the Spanish original.

The zombies are better actors over the non-infected characters, I must say. The cast has spent some credible effort trying to make their performance as realistic and scary as possible when they turn into the blood and flesh crazed monsters.

There's probably better worthy horror routine flicks out there to rent at your nearest rental store, but if you followed the Quarantine original then you might want to give this a quick look over a boring weekend night.

If not, it's not worth any weekend nights, if you ask me.


  1. Think I will search elsewhere for my movie entertainment.

  2. I think it was decent enough, considering it's a straight to DVD movie. At least they didn't make a shot-by-shot remake of [REC]2. I gave it a 5.50/10, which menas that I hated it as much as I loved it.

  3. @Alex Haha, yes although I would recommend you look around at other opinions of this movie (say from George's CineMarvellous) to get a better idea of it.

    Thank you Alex for dropping by!

  4. @Nebular George I saw your review of it. Agreed my opinion of this movie is tad bit lower than your verdict. I've also told some of my friends to check out your take on it as you're sharing from a horror fan's perspective.

    Hated it as much as you loved it. Love this line. :)

    Thanks for sharing, George!

  5. In my opinion, the former movie is still way more thrilling and enjoyable than this though it was a shot by shot remake of original.
    Thanks for sharing your review, J!

  6. It was cheap-looking and badly-made. However, I was pleased that they went in a different direction, which was kinda refreshing and slightly creative.

    Thanks, but I said that I hated it as much as I /not you/ loved it. :)


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