Zombies Go Wild on Camera (again) for Rec 2!!!

Bitter, Bitter Balcony, Movie Review, Rec 2 2009Paco Plaza, Manu Díez, Jaume Balagueró	Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza	Jonathan Mellor, Manuela Velasco Bitter,Bitterometer,meter Rec 2(2009)
 

“Rec,” by the Spaniard tandem of Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza, was among the best modern horror movies about the walking dead. Picking up after Danny Boyle’s slick “28 Days Later” injected the Zombie genre with a slick urgency, “Rec” took that to a maniatical, claustrophobic level. The bloodletting fear taking place inside the annals of a Barcelonian condominium was heighten by the use of a handheld camera, making “Rec” a must for those who love the undead. Now, Balagueró and Plaza return to the unnerving confines of that same condominium with “Rec 2,” a sequel so fast-paced it makes its predecessor move like S. William Hinzman’s original flesh-eater.

This time around, the fodder comes in the form of an Elite SWAT team lead by Jefe (Óscar Zafra), a no-b.s bunch ready to go when they are led into the apartments by Dr. Owen (Jonathan Mellor). Perceiving their mission to rescue survivors and contain the disease, soon the SWAT discover they are part of Dr. Owens’ own mission, one that could end the infection. Unfortunately for Dr. Owen and crew, those damn zombies keep coming at them, not to mention an unexpected group of kids whose meddling worsens their predicament.

In the “Rec” movies, the religious angle behind the epidemic is an fresh way of giving the Zombie myth more, err, meat (mind you, it can be disputed that the monsters in “Rec” and “28 Days Later” are not zombies, but that’s a different topic all together). Still, Balagueró and Plaza’s new theories are creepily welcomed. Also, the aesthetic addition to the sequel is a “Doom” inspired first person action shooter scenes (shades of “Aliens”), a thrilling choice that gives the audience a direct view on the palm-sweating gore. Lastly, the reappearance of Ángela Vidal (Manuela Velasco), the story’s main heroine, is rather cool and bold.

However, while the intensity is increased and important secrets are revealed, “Rec 2” does sacrifice the character driven original for more flash and quickness. At 85 minutes, “Rec 2” is lean and mean, yet more ambitious in its overall execution. Still, if I thought that “Rec” didn’t spend much time focusing on the survivors, “Rec 2” completely discards them. A peculiar decision to add the 3 kids in the middle act doesn’t do much, either, and they end up almost as inconsequential as when they walked in. Then again, the infected need to bite, and in “Rec 2” there’s no time to chew.

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