The 2007 Spanish film [REC] was a huge international success that soon led to a shot-for-shot American remake titled Quarantine in 2008. Each follows a deadly viral outbreak in a city apartment building that turns those infected into raving maniacs. Though we’re partial to the original both films have their merits, and a lot of credit has to be given to the makers of Quarantine for not messing with what made [REC] so great. But never underestimate Hollywood’s ability to ruin a good thing.
In 2009 the original writing/directing team of Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza released [REC] 2, a highly successful squeal that is set in the same Barcelona apartment building as [REC] and opens just minutes after their first film. Two years later Sony Pictures tapped John Pogue to write and direct Quarantine 2: Terminal for the U.S. market. Pogue is a longtime Hollywood hack responsible for such yawners as Ghost Ship and Rollerball, and he wasted no time in ruining the solid concept.
Quarantine 2 features sub-par acting, a nonsensical plot and directing that can only be described as pure crap. The story is most similar to another forgettable straight-to-video zombie flick, Flight of the Living Dead (2007), and follows a group of airline passengers who must survive a deadly viral outbreak on their plane. It is a clear money-grab for Sony, and is a perfect example of the uninspired drivel that passes as actually film-making in Hollywood these days.
When Quarantine 2 is compared to its cousin [REC] 2, there is no comparison. Sony and Pogue should be embarrassed by the heartless, gutless film they produced. But hey, they got paid so what do they care?