Directly based on the Spanish film [REC], Quarantine is a found-footage horror film that is centered around a television news reporter who is doing a story on the lives of firemen. When the firemen she is interviewing are called away on an emergency her and her cameraman jump in the truck to join. Upon arrival they are met with an intense situation.
Some of the residents are unresponsive. To make matters worse, they are absurdly violent and biting each other. And when they try to rush a policeman out of the building for help, the crew shortly realize that they have been quarantined inside the building. To make matters worse, they soon discover that the outside world believes that the building has been properly evacuated.
This film is very intense right from around the 12-minute mark all the way to the nail-biting conclusion. Even when you have seen the film several times, it still packs the same punch. The first-person found footage aesthetic really helps sell the claustrophobia and the realism of the story.
The Spanish version [REC] (which Quarantine is a direct shot-for-shot remake of) is easily in my top 10 favorite horror films, and this version is almost as good. Since Quarantine is in English I find it easier to convince my friends to watch it, but the impact is always the same and they are always left speechless.
Quarantine is available for streaming in Netflix.
' Til Next Time, Mike Cleopatra