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11 out of 10 for atmosphere
on 14 August 2015
This 2007 Spanish language [with English subtitles] science fiction horror features television reporter Angela Vidal (Manuela Velasco) and her unseen cameraman making a late night documentary at a fire-station when the crew has to respond to an emergency call from an apartment building. However, on arrival they find things are not quite what they seem and soon find themselves quarantined inside. It is told through in the ‘through the lens’ style as seen by the camera.
This two disc version has disc 1 [which holds the film] open to a main menu featuring play, scene selection, set up [basically Spanish 5.1 or 2.0, with subtitles in English on/off] and further attractions [basically 4 film trailers]. The second disc holds the bonus material comprising the making of, promotional gallery, interview gallery, the cutting room, production notes and the discs own set up [basically subtitles on/off].
The film starts off with a professional seeming interview filmed ‘through the lens’ that sets the tone for the film and a laid back pace which is continued on first arrival at the apartment complex but as the situation develops, so does the gradual tension. The acting and filming is excellent and the script, complete with lots of swearing, seems to fit the situation, giving a sense of realism as the bodies pile up. The interaction between inside and outside the building is handled well and realistically while the reactions of the participants -in the main shocked and subdued but growing more restless, seems to ring true.
The gore and scares are evenly spread between periods of exploration and discovery so a good pace is maintained. Even though it’s subtitled, it’s still easy to follow and they do not interfere too much with the viewing. The film has been remade in an English version [Quarantine] which retains over 80% of the script, but that lacks the realism seen in this original and is far to jerky. Definitely a ***** [despite the subtitles] and comes highly recommended.