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Published August 26th 2011
Confined mayhem of the gruesome kind
Horror films are judged on one factor, and that is whether they actually produce scares. With bigger budgets and known actors these attempted frights are often worthless, leaving fans of the genre heading back to old collections for satisfaction. Handheld camera efforts have been hit and miss, with Quarantine, a zombie infestation film set in an apartment building, being one of the highlights. Despite being based on a Spanish movie, the production was successful, and created likeable characters with enough scares to leave an effect. This year, Quarantine 2: The Terminal has been released, and delivers much of the same, without the handheld camera viewpoint.
The sequel to the 2008 gem changes the setting, beginning in an airport and eventually boarding a plane where the virus begins spreading through a sick individual. Our main character, a young flight attendant, is cute and refreshing though is one of a list of actors that are basically unknown, which enhances the journey. To describe too much of the plot would not do the entry justice, but fans of the original will be happy with the link this installment provides with the previous, revealing how the mayhem truly began and using a human villain.
Dark, eerie and confined, the environment allows the infected to chase and feast on the innocent through gruesome and bloody methods. Some scenes will force the viewer to look away, leading towards a conclusion that assumes all attention and evokes emotion. While the movie had only a limited cinema release, watching Quarantine 2 at home actually works better, with the low budget feel of true horror magnified.