The structure will be as follows: First, I will discuss (or critique) the acting, then the dialogue, character development, the story/plot, the camera shots (I am not a film student nor am I versed in film techniques, just thought I'd say what I thought about a few of the shots, anyone not interested can skip the section titled "camera") and lastly, the special effects/make-up (I don't believe I am doing the artists a disservice by putting the two together).
Before I really begin, I would like to start by saying that I'm not sure if it was in the best interests of those who titled the movie to call it "Quarantine 2". This is for the following reason, the movie it is a sequel to is filmed in a style known as "found footage," so I am not sure why they thought they should stray from that style(this movie is not in the found footage style sadly) and still use the name, as the name carries the baggage of certain expectations with it.
Acting: The acting was fairly decent on all accounts, slightly above OK would be the best way to describe it. I didn't really see any instances in which the acting was so atrocious that I cringed but I also wasn't "wowed" by any of it either. That being said, the main actress did a great job, easily the best of the bunch, which isn't a bad thing seeing as she was in most of the shots. The acting on the part of the rest of the rag tag group of passengers was good enough that you could believe they were frightened, tense etc. The acting on the part of the zombies was what you'd expect from people acting like zombies. They did a good job with the grunting and the crazed behavior (I would know or rather, I should know what zombies act like, as I have seen many a teenager shuffling down the middle street late at night incoherently mumbling, grunting as he/she trips up a curb, stumbling in a state of stupefication.). I would also like to address one complaint I have seen that really irked me, I believe it went something like, "Ah, the zombies used handrails! Why would you do that if you were crazed?!" Well, the handrails do offer some form of forwards propulsion, that's why us sane,uninfected individuals use them to get up stares when we are in a hurry.
Dialogue: Eh. Well, it was dialogue! It served a purpose, though primarily it was used as a vehicle to explain why the characters were moving somewhere. I have realistic views, this is a horror movie, so I wasn't going in expecting Shakespearesque soliloquies, who does that?! It was was decent, neither superb nor witty, nor was it as laughably cheesy as the dialogue found in 80's B level action movies (not that this kind of dialogue doesn't have its place!).
Character Development: As I said, it is a horror movie. This may seem like I am using it as a cop out but there are certain things one expects from horror films, especially zombie films, and superb character development is not one of those things. That is not to say it isn't welcome, but it is not the status quo as far as I am aware of. You get some of the background of the characters, you learn some things about their lives before they boarded the plane and that is about it.That being said,there is enough character exposition and development regarding the characters that you are meant to care about to make you want them to make it out alive.
Story/Plot: As one can surmise from the title, "Quarantine 2:Terminal," the story takes place in a plane/terminal. It is loosely tied to the original "Quarantine" through some passing remarks about the apartment building in LA in which the events of the first take place. Other than that the story is basically, group of rag tag people surviving something akin to human rabies/the rage virus in 28 days/weeks later. Not much else to say here other than it serves the purpose of giving the film creators an excuse to show people being killed by zombie like things. This film also has a needle scene that will make Trypanophobes (yes, I did just put that word there because I like the way it sounds), also known as those who have a fear of needles, queasy and squirm with unease.
Camera: Not much I can say here, as I mentioned in my opening I am not anything close to resembling a film student. I wanted to mention that in some scenes the director decided that cutting to thermal vision and showing it from the perspective of the character was odd. It was not so much the choice that threw me off, as it was the times it was used. In some cases it was used well, other times I found myself wondering why not just show what is happening in the dark? Perhaps the use of the "first person thermal vision" was an attempt to hearken back to the style of the original, though I feel better choices could have been made in regard to dealing with when to use it and when not to. This is a minor complaint though and highly opinion based/preferential.
Special Effects/Make-up: The make-up artists did a great job with the infected, their eyes look bulbous and bloodshot, their veins bulge due to the increased blood flow the infection causes (I guess?) and their skin looks sickeningly pale. The make-up artists also did a nice job with the face of a character who had been bitten, I found myself wincing at the mangled strands of flesh hanging off her face (though the camera doesn't linger) and blood gushing out. There were some special effects, I believe gunfire counts as such? If so, it was done fine, as were the bullet wounds, the gore and so on. Again, nothing amazing. At least one scene featured the nicely done sound of bones crunching, which is a plus.
In conclusion, this was an OK zombie film, pushed ever so slightly slightly above mediocrity by the great make-up and some decent acting. Perhaps I am being too generous in retrospect but I believe this films deserves a score of a 3.5/5.
A final thought: I honestly wish they would have stuck to the found footage style, especially seeing as one of the characters had a hand held camera with him. In my opinion, which is of course subjective, some of the scenes would have benefited greatly from an up close and personal point of view. You simply cannot beat the frantic camera movements of someone running away in fear after seeing his/her friend being dragged away by infected.
(Not sure where to put this, Mods can delete it from the forums or move it as they see fit :D)