August 13, 2012

Quarantine 2: Terminal (2011)

"A plane is taken over by a mysterious virus. When the plane lands it is placed under quarantine. Now a group of survivors must band together to survive the quarantine."

Is it just me or had everyone forgotten about "Flight of the Living Dead" (2007) when this was made? I know it wasn't such a hugely promoted film as the the movie which it cloned, "Snakes on a Plane" (2006), but you would think that the similarities were a little bit too obvious for someone to try and palm us off with the same thing yet again.

I didn't even know about "Quarantine 2" until someone on Twitter mentioned it. Like most people, I immediately thought it would be a remake of "[REC]²" and was quite keen to see how they were going to do it considering that the supernatural/demonic enzyme/virus had been completely written out of the "[REC]" remake.

Alas, not only did it turn out to be less entertaining than the SyFy channel movies which it looked identical to, but it had very little to do with "Quarantine" other than taking place at the same time. The handycams were abandoned, it wasn't filmed in the "found footage" style, and the rather tenuous link of the virus-creating cult leader bringing his plague with him onto the plane really didn't work so well if you bothered to pay attention to anything which happened in "Quarantine". Yes, that weird looking creature at the end was supposed to be the lone scientist who had been infected by his own experiments.

Apart from the lack of budget, the clichéd, stereotypical characters, and so many incongruities with the original story that it was laughable, there wasn't much which was entertaining about "Quarantine 2" other than being able to ogle Mercedes Masöhn who played Jenny the stewardess. If you don't fancy her then you have something very wrong with you because she was clearly only in this film as eyecandy.

If I hadn't watched this just to complete the "[REC]/Quarantine" set for myself then I probably would have been very pissed off about having to watch yet another zombie/virus movie. I know that the average American teenager's brain moves about the same speed as a traditional zombie, but hasn't this fascination with the walking dead been done to death now? Wasn't it already a bore back in the 1970s for those of us who were there?

Of course, the zombie effects were good. It's not as if everyone in the world doesn't know how to make a zombie film now. You even have dumb-as-a-box-of-rocks students buying laptops from Best Buy in commercials just so they can make another backyard zombie epic which nobody wants to see.

It was pretty obvious that this movie wasn't meant for adults anyway. Instead of a traditional "final girl", it actually ended up with a Justin Beiber lookalike who started off sulky and independent then completely changed character into a whining crybaby ten minutes before the end.

Just don't waste your time on this if you've seen any other zombie movie in the last fifty years. If you've never seen a zombie movie and you have no discernment, you might like it, but, for me, it was a waste of time apart from having a cat in it. Hmmmm, there's nothing like borrowing the ending from "Amityville 4" and "Fallen" is there, even if, this time, there was no demon involved whatsoever to justify it? Lame.

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