I can admit when i'm wrong. And i'll admit, I was wrong.
Quarantine may even be better than REC. If not better, it is definetly just as good.
By the way, if you'd like, read my thoughts on REC before continuing.
I avoided the film during its theatrical run and even urged you to boycott it. I was such a huge fan of REC (the 2007 Spanish film which this one is a remake of) that I couldn't help but be incredibly angry by the fact that a remake was already coming out when the original hadn't even made its way to the states yet. In fact, REC is still not available on DVD in the United States and the remake just came out on DVD a few weeks ago! That's some fucked up shit! But I would like to offer my sincerest apologies to those behind Quarantine for judging the movie before it even came out, something no one should ever do. I just felt that, even if Quarantine was as good as REC, it would still be totally pointless and not an accomplishment in the least because it's essentially a direct copy of an awesome movie. I felt like they simply wanted to steal the genius idea behind REC and make shitloads of money off of it by pretending it's an original American film. And as I started to watch the movie, I still felt the same way. It seemed pointless. It seemed like a direct scene for scene copy of REC that was totally unnecessary. I wondered why I wasn't just watching REC instead! It felt like REC in English and nothing more. But then I decided to let go of all that and watch Quarantine as if REC never existed. I decided to give it a fair shake and watch and then review it as I would any other horror movie out there. And with that being said .....
Quarantine is a fucking awesome, intense, and terrifying horror movie. They managed to up all of the things that made REC so great ; the scares, the terror, the gore, the brutality. And even with known actors like Jennifer Carpenter and Jay Hernandez, it still felt like I was watching real footage unfold! Is it essentially the same movie as REC and the same experience? Ya, it pretty much is. It's not a shot for shot scene by scene remake, but it's pretty close. But so what! The movie is fucking awesome and that's really all that matters. The filmmakers did an incredible job of not only capturing the fear and greatness of REC but like I said, even upping it a bit. Congrats guys and again, I apologize for shitting on your movie before seeing it.
So my advice, if you've seen REC, is to watch it as if there is no REC. Watch it as you would any other horror movie. It's only fair. And if you haven't seen REC, try to see it first. Even though I loved this movie, I still would have to recommend you check out REC over it, being that it's the original. But as standalone movies, they both kick equal amounts of ass.
Does this mean I support remakes of foreign movies that just came out a year before? Not at all. It's not something I like to see, but from now on i'm not automatically gonna judge and hate a movie just because of it. If the movie is done properly like this and as good if not a little better than the original, I can't really complain. At the end of the day, a good movie is a good movie no matter what. If anything, a remake of a recent foreign flick helps American audiences see an awesome movie that they would otherwise probably never see. Not to mention, it increases the exposure of the original, at least in most cases. Where the hell is the REC DVD though?! I want it!
Now I turn the floor over to you. Leave comments with thoughts if you've seen either REC or Quarantine.