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Movie Review: Quarantine

10/14/2008 03:03 PM - Permalink

For the past two weeks, I've been really excited about seeing Quarantine (IMDB link here).  I didn't know much about it when I decided I wanted to see it.  Actually, from the very first trailer I saw, I knew I had to watch it.  From the second trailer I saw, I knew I had to watch it opening day.

Horror is one of my favorite genre's.  Quarantine's opening day, Friday, was to be a date night for us, but I actually didn't end up getting to see it.  I woke up bright and early Saturday morning, went to breakfast at Bob Evan's Country Restaurant, and did not miss the 10:35 AM matinee of Quarantine at AMC Theater's 30 at Easton Town Center.  :)  There were two Steelers fans working there, who commented on my Steelers attire, and I was pointed towards auditorium 17, where my movie-going horror began.  After our concession purchase, I sat in the front of the auditorium seating (so I could put my feet on the rails in front of those seats).  Only about 7 people were in the whole theater.  Who is up at the movies at 10:35 on a Saturday morning?  (Just a personal note -- I think I will be.  The matinee's, even at easton, are $5.00 a person.)

At first, I didn't know what to expect.  From the previews I remembered home-camera style filmography, but I didn't know if the entire movie was to be in that format or not.  After a minute or two into the movie, I realized that it was.

As the plot opened up, I  found myself surprised.  The story was not hard to follow in this format.  The gaps in filming that normally cause us to become critical of the directing (distracting us from the movie, much like this parenthetical insertion is distracting you from the review) actually added to the suspense.  When a scene cut happened, you didn't know who died... what just happened... where the infected were lurking.  Everything changed.  And the unknown made us terrified.

I say to you today... as far as I know of a movie.... no movie, the first time you watch it, gives you more reason to jump or be frightened.  For me, the first showing of this movie, in a theater, defines terror.  And for that, I applaud the director and all involved in making the movie.  I'm going to buy it, not because I want to watch it again, but because I appreciate a movie, even if it is Blaire Witch meets Resident Evil, that can achieve something very few can do -- make me afraid when I set out to find fear (in a film).

Movie Rating: 3.5 / 5 Stars

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