I usually go out of my way to warn people about how bad director John Erick Dowdle’s “Quarantine” really is, especially if you’re a fan of “[Rec]”. If you’ve seen the latter, then there’s absolutely no reason whatsoever to partake in its misguided American remake. And if you haven’t seen either one, do yourself this favor: watch the original. I don’t care if you hate subtitles — rent “[Rec]” and pretend that wretched Hollywood remake doesn’t exist. You’ll thank me later. Apparently enough people saw “Quarantine” to facilitate a sequel, namely “Quarantine 2: Terminal”. The follow-up looks more traditional in terms of execution, which could be a good thing. What’s more, it has absolutely nothing to do with “[Rec] 2”, which, I feel, which could also be a good thing. Then again, I’m definitely not going to hold my breath. You’ll see why in a second.
But first, here’s what the film is all about:
In QUARANTINE, an apartment building in Los Angeles was quarantined by the CDC (Center for Disease Control), trapping the frightened residents inside as a deadly mutant virus turned the residents into rabid killers. QUARANTINE 2: TERMINAL picks up later that night at LAX, as passengers board a flight to Nashville. When a passenger becomes violently ill with a mysterious rabies-like virus, the plane makes an emergency landing at a large metropolitan airport. Jenny (Mercedes Masohn, CBS’s “Three Rivers”), a heroic yet inexperienced flight attendant, takes charge of the safety of her passengers. Relieved when a swarm of heavily equipped emergency vehicles, police units and the CDC arrive, Jenny and the passengers soon discover that they have been quarantined and are now trapped. Desperate to escape, Jenny enlists the help of one of the surviving passengers, a kindergarten teacher, Henry (Josh Cooke, A Fork In The Road, I Love you Man), to devise a plan to survive.
“Quarantine 2: Terminal”, which stars George Back, Andrew Benator, and Jason Benjamin, is set for release later this year.