Reviewed Feb 25, 2012
Matt Bourne’s review:
[REC] 2 picks from the minute the first one ends with a specialist police task force racing to the building to take over the scene and close down any 'problems' they encounter. They also have a specialist assigned to the team and they enter to take on whatever is going on inside. It doesn't take very long for it all to break down and get attacked by the zombified inhabitants of the apartment block. But now also trapped inside the building is a group of young friends who barricade themselves into a room to prevent suffering a similar fate. The police proceed to the top room where they unearth the secrets of the building and a few new ones too. Armed with their new found knowledge they try and battle their way through the remaining inhabitants while trying to keep themselves from getting infected. However one of their team is not telling them everything he knows and then a survivor turns up from the first film to increase the need to stay alive and escape only the odds are really stacked against them.
The first [REC] came out at a time when people had lost interest in the Blair Witch style films and the filmk hit a raw nerve and enlivend the whole genre. Well now they are back with a sequel that is possibly better than the original, with the same sense of dread and nerve shredding tension. It plays out quite quickly with the film playing out the twist or the genesis of the infection very quickly, which will add or detract from the film dependant on their point of view. This takes the film in a totally different direction from the first despite being hinted at in the first [REC] and fortuntely the filmmakers stick to their guns no matter how silly the plot could have got. The film follows it's dark, dank and downright creepy style with the majority of the film followed through the camera lense. This just adds to the complete claustrophobia of the whole situation and adds to your nerves and possibly your heart rate.
The film looks as great as the first one did due to the same crew making this one too. The only downfall of this movie is the twist towards the end of the movie which is fairly apparant to anyone paying attenetion from the first two movies is a little contrived. But that shouldn't put you off as this a pretty decent shocker, with enough gore and scares to keep the most ardent of horror fan happy.
Overall a worthy sucessor from the original leaving the door open for more at the end and hopefully if they keep to this standard that will be well worth the wait.