Whereas 2008’s Quarantine was an English adaptation of the 2007 Spanish film [Rec], Quarantine 2: Terminal is far removed from Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza’s 2009 follow-up [Rec]2.
Directed by John Pogue, screenwriter of Rollerball and Ghost Ship, Quarantine 2: Terminal brings the terror of a rage-inducing plague to the air when a passenger gets infected on an in-flight plane and attacks his fellow passengers. Attempting to subdue to the large man’s violent outburst only leaves others injured or infected and the plane soon makes an emergency landing where the passengers and crew are immediately put into quarantine and not allowed to leave the airplane or the secured area of the airport that has been put under military enforced quarantine.
With the establishment of the plot set-up in the early stages of the DVD’s opening chapters, Quarantine 2: Terminal then goes through the necessary checks and balances of the genre horror film leading up to the concluding moments that were neither inspired nor anything outside of genre following routine.
Whereas Quarantine was inferior rip-off of [Rec], Quarantine 2: Terminal was a far inferior film to [Rec]2. The characters in the film were unmemorable and disposable and the story was simple schlock that turned the virus into a man-made disease carried on the plane by one of the passengers. [Rec]2 kept the story in the apartment complex and offered an upped body count and a story that suggested everything from zombies to possession. Quarantine 2 just seems lazy in comparison.
Like any horror, you get judged by your blood, gore and scares and there is a few of each in Quarantine 2. The blood is your standard man-goes-mad-and-bites-others ilk and the squirmy scenes include a passenger vomiting on a stewardess and a needle to the eye that ran about 5 seconds longer than it needed to for effect.
Still, Quarantine 2: Terminal was not a full loss. Considering the steep drop off in quality normally associated with sequels, Q2 does just enough to squeak by to give us hope that a good third entry will make the box set worth purchasing upon packaging readiness.