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QUARANTINE 2: THE TERMINAL
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: John Pogue

Starring:
Mercedes Masöhn
Josh Cooke
Mattie Liptak
Ignacio Serricchio
Noree Victoria

Movie:  
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Extras:  
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Overall:  
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What's it about
After the events of the first film, a bunch of unassuming plane passengers end up infected by the zombie virus. Our noob flight attendant Jenny tries to take care of the passengers, but when the plane makes an emergency landing, everyone ends up quarantined and it's up to Jenny and her new teacher friend to try to figure out how to escape.
Is it good movie?
This movie has nothing to do with Rec 2, and is by no means a remake of it. Quarantine 2 hits the ground running, as the first infected guy tears through the plane and causes a scene from the outset. It sort of reminded me of Turbulence (remember Turbulence? Ray Liotta? Watch it, it's gloriously ridiculous).

Unfortunately once things get to the airport, it slows down and gets a little repetitive and there isn't much that sticks out as being overly memorable. It's dark, the actors are scared, some of them get killed but mostly they're just fumbling around hallways trying to find a way out. The whole CDC gimmick is back too, if the idea of the oppressive "how do we get out when the world won't let us" thing is up your alley.

There are some okay moments to be had, but this is another one of those "stereotypes are stuck in a place and forced to survive" movies (you've got old people, a military medic, a couple of jerks, etc) and doesn't seem to rise above that mold too often. To be fair, there are some twists and turns in there with the characters, but nothing that'll blow your mind. The acting is fairly okay Leads Mercedes Masohn and Ignacio Serrichio are trying hard and can't be faulted for their efforts. Without a real 'star' to anchor things, it falls a little flat. As a real gripe, that annoying Bieber kid was just terrible. He's a whiny punk and I wanted him to eat it.

Another disappointment is that the low budget of the film really shines through. Gore effects aren't overly impressive and the infected don't look very good at all. They're just smeared with dirt and have red eyes. Sure, they get some good 'boo' moments but don't look great.

The film isn't completely devoid of any brains or wit though, and that's worth mentioning. It does take some care to try and spell out the truth about where the virus came from, and I felt that the ending was powerful and quite effective.

If this were the first entry into the series, I'd have to say I likely wouldn't rush out to see the second. The low budget and somewhat ho-hum predictability of most events hamper this one from being a thumbs up. With that said, if you're only a casual fan of horror flicks, you'll find some enjoyment here. It's a perfectly acceptable, but forgettable little film slightly redeemed by a good ending.
Video / Audio
Video comes to us in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen and looks pretty good, wish sharp details until the camera moves fast, when it gets a little blurry.

Audio i s Dolby 5.1 and tends to mute dialogue a bit when the action picks up.
The Extras
Absolutely nothing !
Last Call
I'd heard that this one was absolute garbage, and I wouldn't totally agree. It manages to build some decent tension, has a good starting point and a good ending. Unfortunately, the middle is a bit familiar, the effects aren't great, the acting is passable and I didn't find the scares tremendously effective. I'd have to say this one is a rental only.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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