Sunday, October 7, 2012

[REC]² (2009)

[REC]² (Spain, 2009) - Color, Director(s): Jaume Balagueró & Paco Plaza
MPAA Rating: R
[UK: 18]
Approx. 85 min.

Z-rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars for following up a GREAT movie with an even better sequel!!!

Cheese Factor: 1 out of 5 stars as this movie was mostly serious in tone

     This is one of the best sequels I've seen in a VERY long time. Picking up right where the last one left off, a sweeper team is being sent into the quarantined building from the first film to escort a doctor in and out of the building. While they're inside, they find out the story behind the "infection" while running from the group in the first movie. (Now all zombies)  The "doctor" that they're escorting reveals himself to be priest, while informing them of the secret mission that he's on. If this team is able to locate a blood sample from the original source of the infection, they might be able to produce an antidote.

The second half of the footage is provided by a bunch of stupid brats with their own camera that decide to sneak into the building after it's been quarantined (Seriously?) They follow some other people in through the sewers and get caught up in the madness. Luckily they had a camera with them to provide us with more footage of what happens the rest of the way. This is one of those rare instances where a found footage movie doesn't start with the boring random home movies in the beginning. Instead, they jump right into it with the SWAT team going into the building and then their cameras die half way through. Then we get to see what the stupid kids were doing before they decide to sneak into the building, so we get the home movies part way through the movie.

What I liked most about this film is that they didn't mess with what was already a winning formula. I mean, the first film already set up a claustrophobic atmosphere by locking a group of people inside of an apartment building where they're isolated and cut off from the outside world. This film just has what is basically a SWAT team enter the same building and try to secure it. The first one was about an unarmed, untrained group of civilians trapped in a building with a rapidly infectious disease. This one replaces them with a group of highly trained professionals who weren't ready for something of this magnitude. I think that makes the situation even scarier because any group of ragtag idiots can be overtaken by a group of zombies, but these are the highly trained professionals who are here to protect us. That makes it even scarier for me because that means I probably couldn't survive the situation myself if I were in their situation.

Nudity: None. Well, I guess there are zombie tits but that's not exactly attractive.

"The power of Christ compels you!!!"

Gore: There's a decent amount of gore in this. Maybe not more than your average slasher flick but has plenty of people biting each other and blood spewing out of their mouths. Sometimes the infected get their heads blown off with a shotgun, those scenes are always fun to watch!

Awesome: to the MAX!!! I loved how they switch gears from the first one, where it plays out kind of like a zombie movie. If you've already seen the first one, at the end of it, we get a glimpse of the penthouse where there were strange experiments being conducted and we get a clue that there might be a religious factor involved. In this second film, it is confirmed that the "infection" is a result of the church trying to study demonic possessions. That's one of the biggest reasons I have for loving this sequel, it successfully switches the story from a zombie virus type of infection to a demonic possession story without ruining any of the continuity of the story. GREAT entry to a fantastic franchise. Highly recommended for fans of the first or anyone looking for a good movie to watch.