[REC]/Quarantine (2007)

A wild found-footage outbreak that unfolds from patient zero in real time, [REC] & Qtine changed-the-game w. of the most pulse-rattling, creative, & visceral jolts of limewire_electricity_of_the_modern_pandemic/biol._horror-subgenre._8.5/10.

Plot Synopsis: Reporter Angela (Jennifer Carpenter) and her cameraman Scott (Steve Harris) are doing a story on night-shift firefighters for a reality-TV program. A late-night distress call takes them to a Los Angeles apartment building, where the police are investigating a report of horrific screams. The TV team and emergency workers find an old woman, who suddenly attacks with teeth bared. What’s more, Angela and company find that the building has been sealed by CDC workers. Then the attacks really begin.

*Possible Spoilers Ahead*

Review

A Quarantine Film Like Nothing You’ve Ever Witnessed Before – In Two Versions

A Found-Footage Viral Outbreak That Unfolds Before Our Eyes In Real-Time

A Firefighter Intro

A Routine Night-TV News Segment Profiling Our Blazen Heroes Gets A ~Normal Call

A Cry Of Distress

A Brilliant Location Setting Juxtaposing Intimacy & Routine With The Antithesis When Screams Come From An Old Lady’s Apartment

The Cast & Performances

A Shockingly-Capable & Palpable Canvas Of Characterization & Tremendously-Serviceable Acting – Where The U.S. Version Dominates

The Infection

Like Zombies In A Real-World Motif Whose Palpability & Pulse-Rattling Electrification Make It Impossible Not To Be Thrilled

Flaws

The Same Film In Two Different Flavors

While The U.S. Quarantine Reigns Superior In ~Every Category – From Cast To Production Value To Thrills, The Idea Both Share Changed The Game: One Of The Best & Most Creative

A wild found-footage outbreak that unfolds from patient zero in real time, [REC] & Quarantine (being the same film in Spanish/American motifs) have delivered one of the most pulse-rattling, creative, crescendoing visceral jolts of limewire electricity the modern pandemic genre and biological sci-fi/horror has seen in Quarantine. Blair Witch Project x 28 Days Later with a hint of The Shining and Paranormal Activity. 8.5/10.

A wild found-footage outbreak that unfolds from patient zero in real time, [REC]-creators have delivered one of the most pulse-rattling, creative, crescendoing visceral jolts of limewire electricity the modern pandemic genre and biological sci-fi/horror has seen in Quarantine. 8.5/10.

A wild found-footage outbreak that unfolds from patient zero in real time, [REC]-creators have delivered one of the most pulse-rattling, visceral thrills the pandemic genre and biological sci-fi/horror has ever gotten in Quarantine – although it could have been a bit more inspired in viral antagonist exposition/scripting. 7.6/10.

Pros: bizarre opening lengthy firefighter day-in-the-life but feels nonscripted and real authentic lifelike almost reality or news coverage like, WILD live-action horror extremely innovative and clever idea watching horror and especially a viral outbreak unfold in real-time from patient zero, what starts as a normal night descends into one of the wildest situations ever seen barracaded doors old women satanic throwing people and charging full might, fantastic horror and bioterror pandemic genre for fun and perhaps the most visceral excitement ever seen, massively entertaining quaratine of highest excitement and devolution of social order, decently interesting characters in their own right – not oscar-level characterization but by the horror genre metrics at least not personality or nameless hulls for the slaughter, like a slasher film wherein the slasher is actually realistic and palpable: contagion, some wildly-effective twinge imagery like the walking on a bone-snapped in half leg my goodness sadistic and will definitely please the masochists or gore junkies, the virus – while rabies doesn’t quite elicit pure shock horror upon name the realization that there is no cure for rabies even having gone to med school I did not know that always thought the vaccine prevented it but only not prevalent because as long as vaccine or shots given before the symptoms set in all fine usually takes months not minutes, but still wish the virus was more elegant and fantastical not called rabies something different, like a zombie movie but the zombies are realistic (and SPECTACULARLY CGI’d/realized), brilliant ending and visceral thrills one of the most thrilling and creative modern horror movies i’ve seen in a WHILE, the acting is incredibly sufficient and even borderline very good at times – certainly far above most subgenre entries, like Blair Witch Project meets 28 Days Later with a hint of Paranormal Activity – a miraculous combination, setting absolutely PERFECT just intimate enough small apt complex and palpable, lead actress SO much better in this version and same with dana and alex other characters WAYY more charismatic and charming screen presence,

Cons: wish it was a more exciting or new virus than some trumped-up rabies – even just naming it or giving it a better backstory would’ve done the story more justice, ending a bit too cacophonous and carter does overact to the point of hysterical aggravation – never seen someone overact so bad ‘KEEP THE LIGHT ON ME’ and think she’s been bit when she hasn’t and more childish and shrieking than the 5yo girl

U.S. version literally better on every level – better cast, better vfx, better action, better scares, better location, everything. original does deserve credit for creating idea and small budget but i care abt overall film, original also bizarrely racist in obvious terms against asians saying eat weird foods and makes look stupid when describing fall (cause.. cause.. stairs go up!!!! as an asian, i find that wildly disrespectful and pure nonsense considering asians are amongst, if not THE most educated group in the world given cultural priority), i guess we aren’t ‘cultivated’ enough for {rec}…. humor also tonally-incongruent and not as realistic – no weapons take down rabid super-strong zombies wtf.. the religion angle is good if commentative on the fact that society often fears and characterizes science don’t understand as evil

The originator of the brilliant premise of a viral-outbreak found-footage film exposed in real-time, [REC] changed the genre – although being the same film as Quarantine but inferior in every way, while adding racist/xenophobic rhetoric and tonally-incongruent comedy. 8.2/10.