[REC]2 Movie Review

Picking up right where the first film left off, this sequel proves that the filmmakers have plenty more tricks up their sleeves as they push the story in entertaining directions. And there's barely a moment that doesn't freak us out.

It's been several hours since the outside world lost contact with the residents of a quarantined building that's infected with some sort of plague-like disease, so an assault team (Sanchez, Cassas, Cassaseco and Rosso) heads in with a stubborn doctor (Mellor) to see what's happening. But what they find doesn't look like anything like an airborne virus. Meanwhile, three mischievous, curious teens (Ros, Batllori and Poch) with a camera are caught up in the madness, thinking they might make some cash if they can videotape what's happening.

The dialog snaps with wit from the beginning, feeling more like offhanded banter than movie dialog, which really gets us into the heads of the characters. And there are inventive touches like putting cameras on the assault team members' helmets for added perspective. Since we know what happened here earlier, the suspense starts from the moment we re-enter the building. And there isn't a wasted second as the filmmakers continually find ways to scare us.

They also have a much larger budget, although they don't let it go to their heads (by adding an hour to the running time, for example). Instead they beef up the production values significantly while keeping everything gritty and realistically doc-style. They also cleverly deepen and broaden the premise with new information that goes beyond zombies and chemical warfare to encompass the possibility of vampires, feral children and demon possession. With accompanying trigger-happy military meatheads.

Even the characters are sceptical about these twists, which makes the movie all the more chilling. And while the explanations may weaken the original film's street-cred and social commentary, they also position the film in a different genre than we expect. The result is a thoroughly unnerving thriller that shows real skill in the way it's shot and edited. So let's hope the filmmakers move on to something new now. On the other hand, making part 3 might be too hard to resist.

Cast & Crew

Director : Jaume Balaguero, Paco Plaza

Producer :

Starring : Jonathan Mellor, Oscar Sanchez Zafra, Ariel Casas, Alejandro Casaseca, Pablo Rosso, Manuela Velasco, Andrea Ros, Alex Batllori, Pau Poch, Ferran Terraza, Pep Molina, Juli Fabregas

Comments

[REC]2 Rating

" Excellent "

Rating: 18, 2009

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