Parents' Guide to

Quarantine

By James Rocchi, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Grim, grisly horror film only for mature viewers.

Movie R 2008 89 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 16+

A well done zombie movie

I love the concept of the film. Really well made all around. My only gripe is that at times some of the acting could feel a little shaky.
age 16+

Not Scary

Shot with a handheld camera so if you get motion sickness, this movie is not for you. Mostly in the dark and lots of blood; however, not scary at all. Too much hyperventilating and screaming from Angela, main actress. Not worth the watch!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (27 ):

A virtual shot-for shot remake of the Spanish horror film [REC], QUARANTINE is a brutal, terrifying, and wrenchingly tense horror film. Some might say that horror films are pretty much the same, but the fact is that there are well-made examples of the genre and badly made examples of the genre, and Quarantine delivers superbly constructed, remarkably effective scares. The "camera's-eye view" technique constantly plunges viewers into the thick of things and also means that there's always some fresh terror ready to be dragged into view with a simple turn of the camera.

While the characters aren't much more than generic caricatures -- the plucky reporter (Jennifer Carpenter), the stalwart cameraman (Steve Harris), the tough fireman (Jay Hernandez), the conveniently well-informed veterinarian (Gregg Germann), and more -- but the real appeal of Quarantine is the film's concept and its execution, which is superbly handled and never flinches from going for the jugular with scares and gore. Quarantine is far smarter than it looks -- for example, when the outside word cuts off power to the building, it not only heightens the tension but also creates a legitimate reason for Harris' character to keep carrying the camera (which has a light on top) around as the infected victims attack. Quarantine plays like a feature-length version of the initial outbreak that most modern zombie films gloss over in their first five minutes. If you're a horror fan, it's just your kind of nightmare; if you're not a horror fan, it's not a film you'll enjoy or appreciate.

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