A documentary TV crew are locked inside a residential building by authorities whilst a virus affects those trapped inside.
This virtual shot-by-shot remake of the Spanish original version ([Rec]) utilises the same "found footage" filmmaking style, although while the original film felt both spontaneous, realistic and had some genuinely terrifying moments, this American version feels forced, manipulated and is laced in the usual Hollywood bullshit. The performances suffer particulalry, especially Jennifer Carpenter, who is nowhere near as riveting or believable as Manuela Velasco's.
Watch the original instead. This is just lazy filmmaking.
QUARANTINE 2: TERMINAL (18)
The original Quarantine was a shot-by-shot remake of the Spanish horror movie [Rec], so you'd be forgiven for thinking this would also be a shot-for-shot remake of the sequel to that film. Surprisingly, this isn't the case, taking it away from the "found footage" subgenre in favour of a more traditional zombie horror story.
The plot begins promisingly, following the crew and passengers of a commercial aeroplane which was forced to perform an emergency landing at a secluded airport, only to discover that they are being kept grounded by the government whilst a virus creates carnage around them.
It doesn't take long for the story to abandon thrills and tension in order to adopt the more hokey, clichéd, spot-the-stiff horror formulas which Hollywood churns out on a seemingly never-ending assembly line.
Still, it's an improvement on the first film and for a straight-to-DVD movie it's reasonably entertaining, but when it comes to horror films, the superior output of Japanese and European cinema just can't be bettered by Hollywood, who simply must try harder.
A QUIET PLACE (15)
D: John Krasinski
Paramount/Platinum Dunes (Michael Bay, Andrew Form & Bradley Fuller)
W: John Krasinski, Scott Beck & Bryan Woods
DP: Charlotte Bruus Christensen
Ed: Christopher Tellefsen
Mus: Marco Beltrami
Emily Blunt (Evelyn Abbott), John Krasinski (Lee Abbott), Millicent Simmonds (Regan Abbott), Noah Jupe (Marcus Abbott), Cade Woodward (Beau Abbott)
A Quiet Place is best enjoyed in a quiet place, as the atmospheric tension is built up through the film's use of sound (or lack of).
The story places right in the middle of the situation, set in a post apocalyptic near future where a species of creature has hunted mankind into virtual extinction. The only surviving family are the Abbotts, who have adapted to this reality by communicating in sign language and undertaking daily chores in silence... but they must prepare for a big test when it emerges that Evelyn is pregnant and the due date is fast approaching.
This is very much a drama film, although it does have massive horror quotient on the plot device, and John Krasinski does an excellent job directing, as well as co-writing and starring in this movie, as well as Emily Blunt and the other co-stars who fully achieve telling the story without the usual conventional dialogue.
The CGI monsters aren't as polished as they could be, but they still pose a threatening and frightening menace even though the film doesn't resort to jump scares to achieve terror.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of all is that the movie was produced by Michael Bay. Thankfully, there are no ear-splitting pyrotechnic displays to suggest this during the running time.
THE QUILLER MEMORANDUM (PG)