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Sunday, 31 January 2010

Review: [REC 2] (18) ★★
The action continues from [REC] with the medical officer and a SWAT team outfitted with video cameras are sent into the sealed off apartment to control the situation.

Review (spoilers)

[REC] was a genuine one-off, terrifying, engrossing, moments of real classic horror and an ending to rival the best of em. So why make [REC]2? Its a question that I thought when I learned they were making a sequel, where can they go with it and how can they make it quite as intriguing as the original? Well they made a really good film, the trouble with it is that it's all far too familiar. Want to know more, well gather round the fire and let me tell you.

[REC] 2 starts right off from the end of [REC], I mean literally a few minutes after the first film ends. For those that have not seen [REC] beware there are spoilers in this review from here on in so you have been warned. The building that hosted the original zombies is still protected with police and the army surrounding it, however a swat team, along with a doctor are being sent into the building to track down the potential host of the virus. 
In addition to the swat team a bunch of teens and the colleague of one of the fireman who went into the building in the original also find a way in. This is just an excuse to bump up the bodycount really and you'll see it coming which is unfortunately the main downfall of the film, you'll see and expect everything.

Everything that worked in the first film falls flat in the second, you know the environment, you know the zombies and you know where the really scary stuff is so there's nothing really to keep you hooked. They do however come up with an interesting twist on the zombie story which I thought worked well it's just that it sits somewhere it shouldn't.

[REC] 2 is just over eighty minutes long with the original just under eighty so I feel they could have compressed everything together and made one big fantastic horror movie. Instead they have two with the second being a retread on the original but this time, and this is the important bit, without the frights or originality.


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