Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Quarantine 2: Terminal (2011)

Remakes On A Plane

Though Quarantine 2: Terminal is the furthest thing from a remake of [Rec] 2, this review title was the best I could come up with at the moment, edging out both "Terminal Illness" and "This Is Your Captain Dying...", so my apologies in advance. As much as I enjoyed Quarantine, I was happy to see this sequel come straight-to-DVD, as I feared Hollywood couldn't keep the series continuously entertaining and true to its source material. While this low-budget sequel ditches most of what made its predecessors so prominent in the horror genre, it still manages to play out like a late night guilty pleasure; and to be honest, I'd much prefer that than to see Hollywood sodomize another great horror film shot-for-shot.

Picking up the same night of the events from Quarantine, Terminal finds a small group of people catching a late-night flight to Nashville. Among them are a ton of clichés like the charming flight captain, an obese man, a tough little boy flying alone, a foreign couple who can't keep their hands off of each other, a doctor, a hot flight attendant, and our protagonist Jenny...another hot flight attendant. We also have foreshadowing characters and red herrings like the feverishly ill co-pilot and Henry (Josh Cooke, I Love You, Man), a kindergarten teacher who has brought his classroom's hamsters onto the plane as his carry-on (wait, what?). Soon, the plane is high in the sky and everything seems calm, until some massive turbulence comes in the form of the infection taking over one of the passengers who tries to destroy everything in his way. After biting one of the flight attendants, the passenger is subdued and the captain declares that they're going to make an emergency landing at a metropolitan airport. As everyone attempts to exit the plane, they discover that the terminal has been locked down and that they are being quarantined. With nowhere to go and the infection spreading, Jenny takes control of her passengers and becomes determined to find a way to lead them to safety. Unfortunately, someone else has other plans for the fate of the group.

One of the first things you'll notice about Terminal is that it's completely abandoned the first person P.O.V. utilized in its predecessors. Instead, it's shot like a normal film which is a nice break from the first person style, but also a curse, as a large percentage of the scare factor loses its impact. Instead of manic tension, the film relies more on jump scares to spook its viewer as well as a large amount of gore.

The acting isn't terrible and the plot moves quickly enough to where you're never bored, but Terminal still falls short of being a great sequel. The twists are predictable and most of the characters are so poorly built that it's hard to really give a shit when any of them find themselves bitten and on the verge of infection. The story also feels completely removed from the original film, briefly tied together by a news report and the doomsday cult mentioned in the end of the first movie.

Overall, Quarantine 2: Terminal is a fun ride if you're up late at night and have nothing better to watch. It has enough gore and story to keep you interested and a pretty decent ending as well. If you can bypass the fact that it hardly resembles any of the films that led to its creation, this sequel will create a perfect fit for those looking to fill some time between midnight and two in the morning.

2.5/5 Stars

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