Friday, 4 January 2013

REC 2

"REC 2" (2009, Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza, Magnolia Pictures, E1 Entertainment) is the sequel to the 2007 Spanish found footage masterpiece, "REC".

The film takes place 15 minutes after the first, when Dr. Owen (Jonathan Mellor) from the Ministry of Health and several members of a GEO team enter the house in order to control the outbreak of the zombie infection.

While the first film primarily went for the virus and enzyme explanation for the outbreak, "REC 2" plays more upon the demonic and religious side of zombies (this was, however, alluded to in the first film on the tape recorder, so it's not that much of a leap), having the doctor shouting bible readings at the infected to control them, or talk to the main infected girl/demon through the others "Exorcist"-style.

This film also consists of 'found footage', but is this time split into 3 areas, the GEO team cameras, the camera of a group of teens who have found themselves inside the building and Pablo's camera from the first film.

This film goes down a more supernatural path, making new rules for the zombies as demonic creatures. While this kind of changes the game in regards to the plot, it doesn't diminish the high energy pace and scares in the film. The gore is in a greater abundance and the ending is yet again, scary and also gross to the point of sickening.

Worthy of your time.

[Image: Magnolia Pictures]
Hani