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A reporter and her cameraman are trapped in downtown Los Angeles where a mysterious, deadly, and highly contagious strain of rabies has broken out, resulting in a quarantine of the building and all its residents.

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common sense

0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Grim, grisly horror film only for mature viewers.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this horror movie is absolutely terrifying, full of gore and terror and violence. Grisly wounds are shown in great detail, and tension builds to a fever pitch. The victims -- hungry, angry, mindless zombie-like creatures -- are the stuff that nightmares are made of. Parents should also know that the film's style -- all of the action is seen through the lens of a single news camera as it follows a group of firefighters on a "routine" call -- makes for an upsetting, frenetic, and intense viewing experience. There's also some swearing and sexual innuendo.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about why zombie-style films are so popular. What anxieties do they speak to?
  • How have modern "zombie" movies changed from the original examples of the genre?
  • Also, do you think the movie's single-camera technique makes the filmmore frightening, or is it a gimmick designed to cover up a weak,familiar plot?
  • Families can also discuss the film's scenario -- what law enforcementand medical procedures are in place in the event of a biologicalemergency? Would they be effective?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Quarantine, yet another pseudo-documentary horror movie, delivers the heebie-jeebies with solid acting and perfectly calibrated shocks.

- Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Monday, October 13, 2008

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Mediocre remake of Rec, which is far superior in every way, Quarantine is a poorly constructed film that uses everything from the original film to create its terror. Like every other horror fan, I have a love / hate relationship with remakes. Some are good, some not so good. Some lack anything that would it interesting viewing, others are pretty good even though they're not all that memorable. With Quarantine we have a remake that just doesn't deliver. The cast aren't that great, many deliver mundane performances, especially Jennifer Carpenter, who unlike her role in Dexter, doesn't do anything interesting with her character. This is yet another pointless remake to a great film. Hell, that sentence seems to be used a lot to describe remakes, but it is very true. Rec was a stunning found footage film, a great piece of horror that brought genuine chills to a franchise obsessed with remaking everything. Quarantine is a mediocre remake at best, the film is a bit entertaining, but as a fan of Rec, I don't think that this film stands out and doesn't deliver the thrills that the original gave its viewers. Quarantine is a film to watch only if you're totally bored. If you want the total effect of a memorable and watchable horror film, then give Rec a view. If you're looking for genuine scares watching this remake, you may be disappointed as the script suffers from the usual jump scares clich, and in the end it doesn't make Quarantine a worthy film to watch. Add to that a mediocre cast, and you've got another forgettable remake on your hands. Watch Rec instead.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Tuesday, March 20, 2012

3 stars

This movie is only good if you have your sound system cranked up with dim lights. Watched it in the movie theaters and scared the crap out of me... watch it at home, not so much. But still, it's a B-movie. Too bad they spoil the ending. I'll leave it up to you to figure out how.

- fb1463751009, Saturday, March 10, 2012

2 stars

Jennifer Capenter stars as "reporter who refuses to let her camera man stop recording unless there is violence involving dogs." Steve Harris is "camera man who is so obsessed with protecting the sound of his precious film that he doesn't let out one single 'hale mudda fuggin nawww!'" Jay Hernandez is "fire fighter who seems like a real badass stud while the crew is at the firehouse but then just kinda sits in the back of the apartment building once people start spitting out their gallbladders." Greg Germann is "veterinarian who knows more about rabies than any doctor knows about AIDS." Andrew Fiscella is "man who says 'fuck you guys' alot and doesn't trust people who are pretty trustworthy." Marin Hinkle is "loving mother who gets her left cheek chewed off by infected daughter and amazingly does not want to shatter her entire skeleton with a fire extinguisher." and Joey King is "little girl who shows record breaking stupidity by witnessing people experiencing the exact same symptoms as herself and yet never gets the idea to bash her own head open with a fire extinguisher."

- LoughnerWasLucid, Monday, December 5, 2011