Watched Aug 04, 2012
David Valkenet’s review:
[Recorded mini marathon - Part 2]
After the semi-disappointment that was [REC], I was eager to check out the sequel with adjusted expectations.
Sure enough, I enjoyed this much more than the original. It still doesn't do anything new with the genre, but like the first film its adherence to genre conventions really is its strength. Sometimes it's nice to see a genre film without pretentions to be something more, or to subvert the genre - and that's what [REC]² does.
If the first was a "house of horrors" ride, with zombies popping out from behind doors, walls, and coming from the roof and the protagonists running away to save themselves, [REC]² is more like a whack-a-mole. The SWAT team track through the empty hallways, building tension for the first twenty minutes, but then, when the zombies appear it becomes more or less all out assault.
This truly is the "Aliens" to [REC]'s "Alien", and in this case I much prefer "Aliens."
Anyway, now I'm off to [REC]³: Genesis. I'll report back after the screening.