Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Quarantine 2: Terminal (2011)

Number Rolled: 2
Movie Name/Year: Quarantine 2: Terminal (2011)
Genre: Horror
Length: 86 minutes
Rating: R
Director: John Pogue
Writer: John Pogue, John Erick Dowdle, Drew Dowdle, Jaume Balaguero, Luiso Berdejo, Paco Plaza
Actors: Mercedes Masohn, Josh Cooke, Mattie Liptak, Ignacio Serricchio, Noree Victoria, Bre Blair, Lamara Stewart, George Back, Phillip DeVona, Julie Gribble, Erin Aine Smith, Lynn Cole, Tom Thon, Sandra Ellis Lafferty, Tyler Kunkle, John Curran, Andrew Benator

This movie takes place just hours after the events of the first “Quarantine.” As passengers are just hearing the news of the CDC quarantined building, their plane is taking off to what is supposed to be a very long flight. Jenny, one of the flight attendants, notices the passenger seated in back seems a little off. When bringing him a glass of water, she learns that he is very sick. While trying to aid him, the sickness warps his mood to a rather dangerous one and he needs to be subdued. The plane goes in for an unscheduled landing to get him aid. Shortly after, as the sickness begins to spread, the passengers learn they are under quarantine.

It’s a lot better than I thought it would be, but it doesn’t feel like the sequel to the first “Quarantine.” It’s not that I thought they got it wrong, but that they got the story so right that it turned out to be better than the original and able to stand on its own. The core of the story that tacks the two movies together was very creative but, even if the first movie never existed, it still would have worked.

The style of the movie was different than the first. Less “found” footage and more of a steady camera. I prefer that because I can watch the whole thing without getting a headache.

There were some parts that didn’t work. The very first thing that comes to mind is that it was very slow to start. Fifteen minutes into the movie I actually felt like I was boarding a plane. I was getting ready to pull Ascension up on my iPad and wait for my seat to be called. It was rough getting through that first part. I yawned a lot. When it got going, though, the scares were mostly worth it. Not going to lie, I jumped a couple of times.

Also, there was this five hour scene involving eye trauma. I’m sure it was closer to 1 minute, but that’s what it felt like. I have rather severe ommetaphobia, so me and eye trauma don’t mix. During this time I had my face buried in my hands. This means I missed a little bit, but I’m confident it wouldn’t have affected my assessment.

The movie was kind of generic. I knew the next scene almost before the one I was watching was over. That being said, this being a straight-to-video movie, it did better that you would expect. I particularly enjoyed the ending.  

Overall Opinion – 2.5/5

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