REC 2 (2009)

Directors: Jaume Balagueró

Paco Plaza

Writers: Jaume Balagueró

Manu Díez

Paco Plaza

Tagline: *There is no tagline yet*

Plot: The action continues from [Rec], with the medical officer and a SWAT team outfitted with video cameras are sent into the sealed off apartment to control the situation.

Cast: Manuela Velasco – Ángela Vidal

Pablo Rosso – Rosso

Jonathan Mellor – Dr. Owen

Ariel Casas – Larra

Pau Poch – Tito

Review (spoilers):

This is a sequel to a Spanish horror from 2007 named REC which soon became very popular (it was even remade as Quarantine a year after it’s release). The original REC scared the shit out of me (honestly, it was one of the scariest movies I ever saw) so I had high hopes for the sequel. Unfortunately, it failed me.

There are lot of new things in REC 2, some of them I liked, some I loathed. The first thing that I found to be awesome was 2 parallel stories in which you follow two separate groups of people. The first group of people are swat members led by a priest which goal is to find blood from the first infected girl. Apparently, we learn that the source of this strange epidemic is a diabolic one. So our beloved infected/zombie flick from the first REC turns into a some Exorcist chase. I also have to mention that crosses are much more powerful weapons than guns now. As you can expect, this group is being attacked by the infected almost all the time. Those action scenes look like segments from a FPS game, nothing more than a mindless shooting. By seeing this you may notice that REC has become a little more mainstream than it should be. It was made for a larger audience. Instead of a dark and scary atmosphere followed by a strange social commentary (like in the first REC) you get FPS action scenes.

The second group is consist of one fireman, one man who wants to bring some medicine to his sick daughter and…..teenagers. I would never actually expect teenagers to be protagonists in a REC movie, it is a blasphemy. I think you now get my point about this movie being a little too mainstream and commercial. The story in which we follow the second group is a standard teen horror one. This part was full of really irritating characters, one of them is a girl in Converse All Star shoes who screams all the time. Damn, that just pissed me off, it was completely pointless.

But this isn’t the end to random shit. The main character from the first REC, Ángela Vidal, returns to this one. The explanation (and the idea) of her return is a really retarded one. By that point I just wanted to turn off the movie, I didn’t like the direction in which it went at all. The whole end is also very bad written, I don’t know….it was just too naive and stupid but still so complex (in a bad way). By the way, the whole idea of having a zombie/demon boss which would control the rest of the infected army was also somehow….bad? The script and the plot was a complete disappointment.

The good things about this movie (besides the idea of having parallel stories) are camera taping and some action sequences. The rest was just average, and the luminance isn’t as good as in the original REC (it was too bright). Honestly, I don’t know what they were trying to accomplish with REC 2, it had an awesome potential but it turned out to be like this.

My Rating: 5/10… Avoid it, the original REC was pretty good without it

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