The jury's still out as to how exactly I feel about films like The Blair Witch Project, Cloverfield and now, Quarantine, which are shot from a first-person point of view. They are decidedly more difficult to watch and I'm guessing, more likely to induce motion sickness. But regardless, the technique is still rather uncommon, and thus far has made for interesting viewing.
A novice Los Angeles TV reporter (Jennifer Carpenter, The Exorcism of Emily Rose) and her cameraman (Steve Harris, Minority Report) follow a pair of nightshift firemen (Jonathan Schaech, Jay Hernandez) on a 911 call and find themselves stuck in a building that's home to a new disease outbreak. While the government quickly quarantines the building, leaving all inside to fend for themselves, the firemen, TV crew and building occupants must race to discover the disease's cause and cure before they become stricken themselves.
The first-person POV makes the entire movie feel like a video game or a ride at Universal Studios. Because of this, you can't help but feel more a part of the action, like you're literally in the room. However, despite decent horror performances from the cast and some seriously creepy moments, I think this title falls victim to a difficult transition from the big screen to home theater. Even with the lights off and the volume blasted, I rarely found myself as scared as I thought I'd be.
Still, this is another fun take on zombie horror fare, and it's a little better than similarly themed titles that have been released recently.
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