REVIEW: ‘[Rec] 2’ (2009)

Plot: The action continues from [REC] (2007), when a medical officer and a SWAT team outfitted with video cameras are sent into the sealed off apartment to control the situation.

Review: I had the pleasure of seeing this movie late last year. I saved off on a review (mainly because this site wasn’t running yet) for the United States release (July 9th). It’s become more obvious throughout the years that American horror is dead. Defend the case all you’d like, but it’s dead. End of story. What was the last great horror movie to come out of an American film studio in the past years? THE UNBORN? No. A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (2010)? No.  PARANORMAL ACTIVITY? Please.

While America continues to rehash, remake, and reboot horror cliche’s and series, foreign countries are busy returning the thrills and terror to horror films. 2007’s [REC] is a perfect example. The 2009 follow-up, [REC] 2, is somewhat of a perfect example.

To be fair, there’s nothing terribly wrong with [REC] 2. It delivers the adrenaline-fueling suspense that was present in the original… within the first 45-minutes. I was in awe during the beginning of [REC] 2. I actually thought that the directors Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza were going to accomplish the near impossible: top the original. Sadly, once the filler-characters that are the teenagers find their way into a heavily guarded and quarantined apartment building, things start to fall apart.

The pace is thrown completely off track, which wouldn’t necessary be a bad thing, had it not drawn to a complete halt. After the first half of the film goes all out in delivering nonstop terror and action, the second half of the movie brings forth pointless child pranks, pointless dialogue, pointless characters, and even worse, a pointless revival of a character from the original.

I can also look passed the somewhat lame reason behind the “zombies” existence. Granted, this is one of the many flaws that are present within modern horror: explaining too much and destroying the mystery. The ending is also cliche and unneeded.

[REC] 2 is nowhere near as impressive of a horror film as its predecessor, but it’s a worthy entry in the series, despite flawed and I look forward to seeing the two announced sequels. Half the film is enjoyable, terrifying, exhilarating, and an overall fun time. The other half… not so much.



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