The Blair Witch Projectmeets28 Days Later, Quarantine is the US remake of the Spanish horror film [REC]. It tells the story of a news reporter Angela Videl (Jennifer Carpenter) trailing a local squad of firemen when they get called to a nearby apartment complex. Unbeknownst to them, Angela and her cameraman Scott (Steve Harris) end up filming the discovery and progression of an apparent zombie outbreak, which forces the CDC and military to seal off the building, trapping everyone inside.In 2011, a sequel, Quaratine 2: Terminal, was released, that is completely unreleated to any of the [REC] movies.
Death by Pragmatism: An aggravating instance of it. Randy declares he's going back to his apartment and lock himself in. As soon as he gets off the elevator, he encounters an infected dog and runs back into the elevator. The dog follows.
Demoted to Extra: Since the cause of the virus was changed from the biological cause of demonic possession to a rabies-like rage virus for the remake, the Medeiros girl from the original film becomes a generic zombie (albeit a taller one) in this film.
Developing Doomed Characters: For the first 15-20 minutes, the movie is focused on just hanging around a fire station filming a documentary called "The Night Shift". Then the fire department is called to the apartment complex and the film shifts into gear.
Genre Blind: At least half the carnage could have been avoided if the characters had simply closed the doors behind them or restrained the people who had been bitten. They can kind of get away with it when they don't know what was happening, but once it's made clear, they still fall victim to the genre. Even the CDC officials, who know exactly what's going on, are shockingly genre blind.
Gory Discretion Shot: In the sequel, played straight then subverted. The CDC officer shoots himself a split second after the camera changes its focus, then, towards the end of the movie, Jennie bashes in the head of an infected Henry with a metal bar with every gory detail shown.
Hollywood Darkness: Played with. The lights in the building go out much earlier than in [REC], shrouding the cast in darkness, but the lights coming into the apartments from outside preserve the trope.
Hope Spot: Near the end it's mentioned there is maybe a way out of the building through the sewer system.
Idiot Ball: After seeing the little girl is infected and attacked her mother, the cop (so far, probably the most competent of the cast) decides to try to reason with her while she stands there, covered in blood, giving a Slasher Smile. His last words are "give me your hand."
Not a Zombie: The cops refuse to accept that the people are becoming zombies, even after being all but told this outright. The last one dies when he turns his back on a zombie he knows is there, for no good reason.
Trailers Always Spoil: The last shot of the movie is in the trailer, the official site, one-sheet and DVD cover as well as the lack of any survivors being stated in all those forms.
Unbreakable Weapons: The camera that was used to beat a zombie dead, lens first and hit by a zombie several times without so much as messing with the video quality, let alone damaging it.
The Unreveal: The origin of the virus is implied to have something to do with "the man from Boston," who has newspaper clippings about a Doomsday virus on his wall. When the survivors discover a dictation machine in his room, you'd assume that it would reveal the virus's origins and the man's motives, but the speed is set too low to be comprehensible. Rather than adjust the speed, the survivors simply abandon it, leaving the details unknown until the sequel. The newspaper clippings supply enough information to piece together the story, which the sequel expands.