Film #355: QUARANTINE 2: TERMINAL
Quarantine 2: Terminal
2.5 out of 5 stars
A direct-to-video sequel of the film QUARANTINE (which was an Americanized re-do of REC) directed by first timer John Poque (writer of such films as US MARSHALLS, THE SKULLS 1-3, ROLLERBALL, and GHOST SHIP) which delivers an overall decent enough result. Yes, there are some absolutely face-palming moments here, but the film also delivers more than its fair share of solid scares as well. Some of the performances are a little hammy, but the leads do a decent enough job and, let’s face it, these kinds of films are rarely about acting ability. The production is smart to take the proceedings out of the apartment building from the first movie. They also smart to abandoned the hand-held camera shooting style. So, in a way, QUARANTINE 2 is kind of a film unto itself; a vamp on the “locked in a building with monsters” scenario from the first film. Oddly, some of the bloodletting takes place off-screen (so much so that I had to check the rating to make sure it was “R”), but then… there are some pretty “wet” moments that happen onscreen, as well. All in all, if you’re looking for a few decent scares and don’t mind putting your brain on hold for 80+ minutes, then QUARANTINE 2 is worth the rental. That said, if you’re looking for a great sequel to a terrific premise… rent [REC] 2 instead.