Saturday, 24 September 2011


"The original Quarantine may have surprised for being a half-decent remake of [Rec] (2007) but its sequel is a far-cry from the frenetic action of [Rec] 2 (2009), opting to choose a different flight path. The story picks up later that night, rather than immediately after, but its location is LAX, as passengers board a flight to Nashville.

So when a passenger becomes violently ill with a rabies-like virus, the plane makes an emergency landing, and Jenny (the likeable Mercedes Masohn), a heroic yet inexperienced flight attendant, takes charge and leads the fight against the marauding zombies. It's short, snappy, but there are few chills and little threat despite the majority of the cast becoming the walking dead. 

With stereotypes left, right and centre, you'll care little about anyone, and although our plucky heroine eventually wins you over, and the twist ending is very welcome, it's hard work getting there - its gore and setpieces just not that entertaining or original. Still, extra points for director John Pogue trying something different, even if it feels like the screenplay has been gathering dust for some time, waiting for the perfect excuse to go airborn. "                         DW

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