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Earlier tonight, a bizarre disease was unleashed in a run-down Los Angeles tenement... and no one got out alive. Yet something escaped. Now, aboard Flight 318, the first symptoms begin to show. As the infection begins to takes root, innocent passengers suddenly transform into terrifying, bloodthirsty killers. Forced to land at an isolated terminal, and surrounded by armed government agents, the crew and passengers grow increasingly desperate. The only question now is how far they will go to survive.
Picking up shortly after the harrowing events detailed in Quarantine 2008, the American version of the Spanish thriller [Rec], the 2011 thriller Quarantine 2: Terminal follows the effects of a lethal, rabies-like disease among the passengers of a plane. The confines of the location allow for some claustrophobic moments once the contagion begins to spread, but it's soon abandoned for a poorly lit, maze-like warehouse that creates more confusion than suspense. The homogenous characters also make it difficult to keep track of the story amidst all the screaming and spraying of bodily fluids; only Josh Cooke Better with You stands out as a kindergarten teacher with a suspicious carry-on filled with rodents. But perhaps the biggest error is the loss of the POV camerawork and real-time storytelling, which lent a palpable urgency to Quarantine and its Spanish predecessor, and was a clever way to use the periphery of the film frame as a hiding place for all manner of terrors. Here, the action unfolds in standard-issue fashion, which renders the film as just another zombie/outbreak chiller with only a few solid scares to recommend it. Viewers with an omnivorous and forgiving appetite for horror will most likely be the best audience for this second-tier sequel. --Paul Gaita