[Rec] 2: A BLOODY POWERHOUSE

 

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"A BLOODY POWERHOUSE of a horror movie without a pinch of fat on its bones."

-Fangoria

"It even adds new layers of chills. And the end is outlandishly creepy."

-Dennis Dermody, Paper

"Directors Plaza and Balaguero amp up the anxiety. They also have an uncanny ability to throw a demon in your face at the right time."

-Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star-Tribune

"An absolute ball, and a perfect companion piece to the powerfully well-regarded [REC]."

-Scott Weinberg, Cinematical

"The film has the nerve-shredding impact of a tumble down a flight of stairs in the dark."

-Star Tribune

"SCARY-AS-SHIT moments that leave new blood splattered all over the walls."

-Twin Cities Daily Planet

"The end is outlandishly creepy."

-Dennis Dermody, Paper Magazine

"A MODEST CLASSIC OF ITS KIND. A superior and innovative sequel to the original."

-Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times

About The Film

The highly anticipated sequel to one of the scariest films of all time, [REC] 2 picks up 15 minutes from where we left off, taking us back into the quarantined apartment building where a terrifying virus has run rampant, turning the occupants into mindlessly violent, raging beasts. A heavily armed SWAT team and a mysterious government official are sent in to assess and attempt to neutralize the situation. What they find inside lies beyond the scope of medical science—a demonic nightmare of biblical proportions more terrifying than they could have possibly imagined. Above all it must be contained, before it escapes to wreak havoc on the unsuspecting world outside.

 

 



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.

 

Release date:July 9, 2010
(limited)
Studio:Magnet Releasing (Magnolia)
Directors:Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza
MPAA Rating:R (for strong bloody violence, disturbing images and pervasive language)
Screenwriters:Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza
Starring:Manuela Velasco, Leticia Dolera, Juli Fabregas
Genre:Drama, Thriller, Horror

 

TOMATOMETER CRITICS 71% | AUDIENCE 60%

CRITICS REVIEWS

[Rec]2 is a creepy follow-up to indie Spanish horror flick
July 23, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle Top Critic

See [Rec] first. That's my advice for anyone craving a bite of sticky Spanish horror, especially if it's set in a Barcelona apartment building with a zombifying germ on the loose. [Rec] was remade à la Hollywood as Quarantine, a film with fewer scares, louder shrieks and a scene of gratuitous rat-squishing. It has its own (unrelated) sequel in the works.
As for [Rec], it's among the scariest and ghastliest shockfests of the past few years: a hand-held indie splatter romp told through the lens of a TV news crew trapped inside the hot zone with a flesh-hungry contagion. Rent it. Then you can see [Rec] 2, a passable follow-up — more ludicrous, less taut, still creepy — that picks up exactly where the original left off.

This time, we follow the action through several cameras. The first is held by Rosso (Pablo Rosso), the videographer for a SWAT team that enters the sealed building now tacky with blood from the dead and infected; as a bonus, we get periodic cut-ins from cameras attached to other team-members. Then, halfway through, the movie zips back to the start, where we pick up the action through the lens of Ori (Àlex Batllori), a teenager who sneaks into the quarantined area on a lark with a couple of friends (Pau Poch and Andrea Ros).
As we learned from [Rec], the germ is carried in blood and saliva and bears two notable side effects. First, it transforms the victim almost instantly into a squealing, gnashing, blood-spewing ghoul with hollow eyes and pallid skin tone. Second, it somehow results in biochemically induced demonic possession. The "somehow" was barely touched on in the previous movie, just enough to set up a climactic attic sequence that permanently traumatized my inner child (Mommy?).

This supernatural aspect gets more of a work-out in [Rec] 2, ridiculously so, with the addition of Exorcist-style ritual hokum and an apoplectic priest (a reflexively pop-eyed Jonathan Mellor) masquerading as a minister of health. Unlike most men of the cloth in most films of this nature, he's less interested in mystically evicting the central demon than analyzing its blood in pursuit of a cure. But the upshot's the same: a holy screaming nightmare.
The look of the movie is as raw and assaultive as Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza's original [Rec], but the directors' and co-writers' second approach to the premise lacks the element of surprise and the thumb-chewing buildup of dread. One problem, aside from all that devil-child malarkey, is the diffusion of the first-person perspective.
The guerilla-style point of view in horror flicks has a few inherent problems (wobbly cam nausea) and absurdities (what idiot would lug around a camera while being chased by a cannibalistic demon/Cloverfield monster/Blair Witch?), but it also has one huge benefit: intimacy. It puts us there — in the apartment building, slick with paranoia, and inside the frazzled brain of the dumb cluck holding the camera.

Multiplying the video-cams only dilutes the effect. Better to stick with one perspective. And see [Rec] first.

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'(rec) 2' movie review: A fashionably 'homemade' monster movie is scariest after screen goes dark
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger Top Critic
July 9, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4

It took 40 or so years to find a new sub-genre of monster movie.

(Brain-munching zombies were the last, courtesy of George Romero.)

But it finally seems official that there’s another subspecies of the style:

The home-video horror.

“The Blair Witch Project” did it first, in 1999. Since then, it’s been followed by “Cloverfield,” “Quarantine,” “Paranormal Activity” and others, all populated by heroes trying to “document” something scary.

And most of them marred by some incredibly headache-inducing, herky-jerky camera work.

“Quarantine” — about a locked-down apartment house full of rampaging cannibals — was actually based on a slightly earlier (and better) Spanish film, “(REC).” And now the original is back, with a sequel — and even more bloody violence.

An interesting mix of modern style and ancient theology, this installment goes into detail on how the Barcelona building got overrun. Seems the Vatican had a genuine case of demonic possession locked up there — along with a priest who believed he could find a medical “antidote” to the curse.

Instead, he created a plague.

So, now the church has sent in an undercover priest, Oscar Sanchez Zafra, armed with a crucifix, and a SWAT team, armed with some serious firepower, to exterminate all the demons.

What do you want to bet it’s not going to be enough?
(REC) 2
Like other movies in this strange sub-genre, “(REC) 2” requires that its characters always keep filming no matter what happens — which asks an even greater suspension of disbelief from its audience than the usual horror film.
Really, a cannibal from hell is running at you full tilt, and you’re going to stand there making sure it’s in focus?

Filmmakers Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza have fun with the plot, though, telling the story from the point of view of the priest — and then switching, half an hour in, to some prankish teenagers. The two narratives, it turns out, are parallel — and eventually meet up.

Just about the time that both groups, unfortunately, meet up with the poor possessed soul who started all this.

With plenty of reprised situations from the first film, there’s the occasional feeling that the directors are milking things (another sequel, and a prequel, have already been announced). And the shaky camera work (and explosive gore) can get literally nauseating.

But when the characters’ cameras run low, and the screen goes black? That’s the scariest thing of all. Because that’s when we’re really alone — in the dark, and with nothing to keep us company but our imaginations.

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July 13, 2010
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter Top Critic

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It's nice to see that the Europeans aren't letting us get too far ahead in the vitally important cultural area of zombie movies. Although "[REC] 2" -- the sequel to the Spanish hit of a couple of years ago that was faithfully remade on our shores as "Quarantine" -- doesn't exactly bring anything new to the genre, it's no less effective than its predecessor in expertly conjuring an air of low-tech-style dread.

This sequel, set mere minutes after the first film, again is set in a rundown apartment building whose residents have all mysteriously been transformed into bloodthirsty zombies that have a nasty habit of popping up unexpectedly.

Clearly inspired by vintage predecessors like "The Blair Witch Project," the film uses the conceit of having all the action depicted through shaky, first-person videocam images.

Revolving around the efforts of an increasingly spooked SWAT team to clear the building of its infected occupants, its footage supposedly is being shot by an unseen cameraman, helmet-cams on the soldiers' heads (is that a common police technique?), and a group of interloping teenagers who naturally document their every move.

The all-too-familiar proceedings mostly comprise a series of gory surprise attacks by the zombies, though an effort is made to punch up the narrative via a priest (Jonathan Mellor) posing as a health ministry doctor who provides a cheesy, "Exorcist"-style demonic explanation for the events.

Despite the undeniable technical proficiency of co-directors Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza -- they also wrote the screenplay with Manu Diez -- the ultimately repetitive "[REC] 2" doesn't add much to the original, and the ending that clearly sets the stage for a third entry in the series doesn't inspire much hope that things will be measurably different.

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AUDIENCE REVIEWS 2010

Stuart M
**** November 28, 2010
Thought this was a worthy sequel, and one of the few horror sequels that are not pants, in some places I thought the tension/horror was better than the first. However be sure to have watched .REC first (Quarantine does not count) as it builds on that. If you enjoyed .REC you should like this There is more explanation in this, and that made it more (spoiler). Also multiple video perspective and timelines used which differs from .REC but considering how it fits with the first a good choice.
This gave more scares than .REC but it had to have that to build on, it's a great sequel but does not stand on it's own.

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Lee G
*** ½ November 28, 2010
Good, not as scary as the first but overall a decent job was made of it!

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Miles H
** ½ November 28, 2010
Not as good as the original. Not at all scary; & confused mix of zombies, viruses & demons.

 

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Marc W
**** November 24, 2010
Marvellous hand held, caught in an apartment block with a bunch of possessed by the devil zombie types.

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Andrew M
*** November 23, 2010
Doesn't have the fresh and genuinely gripping terror of the first film, but gives an intriguing explanation for the zombies (or rather, demons) that was hinted at towards the end of the original. Takes things in a new direction, and points towards a very different third film.
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Midlands M ½November 22, 2010
Impressively jumpy follow up to one of my fave horrors of the last few years. The only downer was a slightly disappointing âexplanationâ? of the goings on inside the apartment building which took away some of the mystery of the virus/infestation. Worthy sequel.

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Michael S
***  ½November 22, 2010
Impressively jumpy follow up to one of my fave horrors of the last few years. The only downer was a slightly disappointing âexplanationâ? of the goings on inside the apartment building which took away some of the mystery of the virus/infestation. Worthy sequel.

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stephen t
*** November 20, 2010
i did think the first one was better

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Lee A
**** November 19, 2010
Continues the pace of the first ones final scenes, ramps the action up a bit more and carries a good story and pretty decent finale. It isn't as gory as the original however.

The final "twist" to the virus at the end I can't make my mind up on. Its set up for a 3rd, and Im not sure the direction set up by the finale will work.

Still, I enjoyed this, its got some creepy/panic parts that deliver well and final scenes of darkness work really well.

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Facu B. Facu B
*** ½ November 18, 2010
Like all second parts, this movie is more predicteble and commercial than his first. The scenes of horror are many more than Rec 1, but less terrifying.
I think that the end saves the movie, and put a real scary momet (specially the scene when explained who happened with the reporter).

If you dont see this movie, dont read the following.

Pd: The diabloic final smile of the main character, is very similar to the smile of Mica in the alternative end of Panoramal Activity 1. Copy?
Anyway, Panoramal Activity had his revenge copying the night vision of Rec 1, in his second part.

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Shahriar A
****½November 16, 2010
One of the rare sequels that work. The directors did a brilliant job of freshening the material without losing its core. Its still the same claustophobic, scary setting. The ending is great. Loved it

 

 

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