Wednesday, June 21, 2017

No TSA Screenings For Zombies, or Thoughts on Quarantine 2: Terminal

How, you may ask, can we skip ahead to a review of Quarantine 2: Terminal (2011), without mentioning the Quarantine (2008) with Jennifer Carpenter, Deb from Dexter (I never watched the last season) or the Spanish REC (2007) series they’re based on?  All I can tell you is I pretty much just write about whatever movie I watched the night before, and I like to link the posts together to previous references.
From director John Pogue, who would go on to make The Quiet Ones (2014), the sequel takes place during the same night as the first movie and charts the zombie rage virus as it escapes Los Angeles on a plane.  The movie diverges from the events of the REC series in an entirely new direction (which ultimately goes nowhere as the franchise was abandoned) and no longer found footage, but it is still filmed in that shaky POV style, where the camera follows the characters and forces the audience into becoming an unwilling and helpless participant.
The virus, passed by animal bites, gets on a red-eye flight filled with your typical cross-section of heroes and potential zombies; the honeymoon couple, the first child pregnant couple, the Alzheimer senior couple, the black yuppie, the drunk fat guy, the army medic home on leave to see her fiancé that she hasn’t seen in a year, and the sullen broken-home teen flying by himself.  It’s a relatively anonymous cast, though it did include Mercedes Mason, currently portraying Ofelia in Fear the Walking Dead as Jenny, one of the flight attendants.
Only the first third of the film is on a plane, there’s one outbreak and then the plane lands in a seemingly abandoned terminal like they’re in The Langoliers (1995), only the airport’s been quarantined and evacuated.  The government has no cure, and the rest of the film, like the first movie, has the cast fighting each other and the soldiers guarding all the exits as they try to escape before the inevitable zombification.  It puts the audience in an odd moral place; we’re essentially rooting for a zombie apocalypse because we want these guys to escape.  The soldiers on the outside are protecting us, the audience, but in this movie they’re the baddies.  There’s a certain sense of futility in most zombie movies and TV shows these days, reflecting the current political climate, so from that perspective Quarantine 2: Terminal (2011) was ahead of its time.

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