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Rec -- In The USA!,
This review is from: Quarantine [DVD]   (DVD)
Like the Psycho remake, this is a shot-for-shot, carbon copy of the outstanding 2007 Spanish horror film [REC]. If you haven't seen the subtitled Spanish original, you're in for a treat. For the tired old horror genre and the downright exhausted zombie genre, Quarantine/Rec is a much needed adrenaline shot in the arm and a fantastically original piece of work. Seen through the eyes of a cameraman (like Cloverfield and Diary of the Dead), this is the movie equivalent of a rollercoaster ride, as you and the cameraman run for your lives up a locked down, zombie-infested apartment block.
If you HAVE seen the original, there isn't a great deal that's new here - just a few extra scenes, that's it. Unless the subtitles ruined Rec for you, there's no real reason to watch Quarantine, to be honest. If you have seen the original, then you'll know that the last 15 minutes of the film is quite possibly the most tense and scary 15 minutes of footage ever recorded to film. I don't know if it was because I had gone through those 15 minutes once before, but, for me, the end of the American version wasn't as good. There was less of an "Oh my God, what the hell is THAT?" element when the cameraman and the girl reporter see what's in the room at the very top of the apartment block. For me, the way the lanky, female zombie "thing" looked and moved and attacked wasn't as terrifying. For that reason, if you don't mind putting up with the subtitles, I would recommend watching the Spanish version. If subtitles annoy you, then Quarantine will more than satisfy you. In fact, you may prefer its ending, as it's slightly less of an ordeal!
In fact, what I recommend is for you to buy both Quarantine and Rec. Watch Quarantine in English until they get the top of the apartment block, then switch over to the exact same point in the film Rec. There's no talking at the end of Rec anyway - just pure, green night vision terror!