REC 2 (2009) Jaume Balagueró/Paco Plaza | Movement Nu 36
REC 2 leaves off precisely after incidents in REC (1). Although reviews have claimed the first to be better, I enjoyed the second one more. Perhaps the twist is what did it for me, but this isn’t the place to give away such a, well, lovecraftian spoiler.
To write about REC 2 I must obviously begin with REC (see review here). A quick synopsis of the film results in the following : Cameraman and television reporter get stuck in an unlikely situation where zombies are the outcome of biological, demonic possession. The film ends with everyone dead except for the television reporter, Angela Vidal (Manuela Velasco) who is seen dragged away into the dark by the original, possessed victim whom a priest was trying to cure as well as get the antidote to possession , or in other terms, the cure for zombies.
Now, that being said, in REC 2, we start of with a sort of SWAT team who simply follows orders. The orders are to go into the apartment complex that is crawling with zombies and get the survivors out. Little do they know that their companion on the trip (a priest posing as a health inspector) is in charge of the entire operation and only wants one thing: a sample of blood from the original girl.
It is similar to REC in that it is shot with (seemingly) handhelds and documentary styled footage. Of course, they upped it in REC 2 giving the SWAT team multiple different cameras within a camera so that you can see what the other members of the misinformed group are doing. As the story progresses, nosey, curious kids pop into the picture with their own camera and fall into a mess of absolute hell along with the remaining SWAT team and priest. And at the end of all of this insanity, the team finds Angela, alive, well and traumatized with many things to share with the dear priest.
I don’t like giving things away, and for that, I will let my fingers write as little as possible on the subject. It is an incredibly well done film that has you not only on the edge of your physical seat but your mental one as well. The actors do a terrific job of pulling it all through. The REC movies will be classics. Where horror film series done in documentary style (Blair Witch 2) have failed, REC triumphs and rises up above, scraping blood off the ceiling as well as Spanish pride.