Having closely followed the plot of Spanish gore epic Rec in the first Quarantine offering, the makers decide to ditch the apartment block and get a bit more expansive this time around.

But it has to be said, that decision only offers mixed results as Quarantine 2 rapidly becomes simply another run-of-the-mill zombie flick.

Taking very little time to get going, we are introduced to a random bunch of folk boarding a plane flying from LA to Kansas City.

By saying ‘random bunch’ I mean the usual crowd you seem to get in any airborne movie – the overweight jock, the annoying teen, a guy in need of medical supervision and a pregnant woman to name just a few.

Before long, the hefty guy at the back starts convulsing and spewing vomit, having been scratched by some ‘class hamsters’ that a supposed schoolteacher was bringing on board.

Suddenly its chaos in the skies as the big man attempts to attack all and sundry, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing.

However, when the crew and passengers try to disembark, they find the terminal in a state of lockdown, surrounded by disease control bods and SWAT teams.

What follows is a munchathon as the passengers gradually become infected and turn on their fellow flyers as they look for a way out through the baggage areas and tunnels.

Whereas the original Rec (and Quarantine for that matter) was an edge-of-the-seat surprise, this attempt has none of that quality.

It is strictly by-the-numbers stuff and to be honest could easily be viewed by someone who has no knowledge of the original movie.

The ragtag gathering of characters includes some impressively grating personalities, and chances are you will be annoyed by who does and does not survive.

The gore is OK, with a few laugh-out-loud sight gags and a late decision to throw in some thermal vision goggles does add a welcome layer of tension.

But they are minor highlights in a flick that does little to quicken the pulse or do anything other than pass the time.

About The Author

Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written two books, one on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014) and the other on the history of the character Norman Bates (2015). His third book, on the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker, is due in 2017.