TBT 2000-2011

Throwback Thursday Movie: Quarantine 2 Terminal (2011) (Contains SPOILERS)

For those of you that don’t know, the Quarantine movies are American remakes of a series of Spanish horror movies called [REC]. The first Quarantine movie is almost exactly the same as the first [REC]. The only real difference is the nature of the virus. In the [REC] films the virus is demonic in nature, while in Quarantine the virus is basically rabies on steroids. Quarantine 2 takes a different turn than [REC] 2 did. While [REC] 2 actually takes place in the same apartment building as the first film, and takes place just minutes after the first film ended, Quarantine 2 takes the virus to the sky.

Quarantine 2: Terminal begins simple enough with people boarding a late night flight from Los Angeles to Nashville. Soon it becomes clear that one of the passengers is very ill. Unluckily for the other passengers, it is the same virus that ravaged the LA apartment building that has been all over the news. The flight gets grounded at a different airport, but the passengers soon learn that the terminal has been quarantined, trapping them in the maze of a terminal with the infected.

Even though this film came out in 2011, this was my first time watching it. I loved the first Quarantine, as well as the first and second [REC] movies. They all were quite terrifying. I was always reluctant to watch this one not only because the trailer makes it look horrendous, but there was something about the concept of the virus on a plane that just seemed very lame to me. Now that I have seen it, while it isn’t anywhere near as good as the first film, I will say they did a pretty good job of it. As with most movies, there are aspects of it that I thought worked really well. Then, of course, there are those aspects that don’t work so well.

-SPOILER ALERT-

One of the main things I was worried about was how they were going to manage to get the virus on the plane in a logical way. They did this in a fairly good way. The film had a passenger on the plane who deliberately brought infected animals onto the plane (although I don’t believe what happened after was as deliberate). While I loved this, and the guy that they chose for it was on the more unexpected side, the reason behind it was not great. The reason the virus was supposedly even created was all part of some doomsday cult that wanted to spread the virus all over the world as a messed up form of population control. That just seemed completely ridiculous to me. I would believe something as simple as it being a simply mad scientist or maybe even if he was altering the virus to cure some disease, but this was a stretch. I also didn’t like that the guy who was on the plane was also the some person who lived/worked in the LA apartment building from the first film. He just seemed much too young and his character would have worked better if he was an assistant or follower of the true scientist.

If you want to watch a terrifying film about a virus that turns people into violent killing machines, then I would watch Quarantine, [REC], or [REC] 2. This movie had a couple scary moments, but it is nothing compared to the first film or it’s Spanish predecessors. Despite that, it is still a fun movie that has it’s good moments. It will definitely creep you out just because of the sounds the infected make and the way they move around. Just be prepared for a few predictable scares and some rather ridiculous parts to the plot.

OVERALL RATING: 5/10