Directed by Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza
I love this movie, I love this movie, I love this movie. And really, I should just end this review right there.
Balaguero and Plaza were able to succeed in a very rare feat, creating a sequel that actually adds to the overall mythology of a series and serves the original extremely well. I can’t for sure say that this is a better film than the original “Rec” (or even “Quarantine” the American remake, which I also enjoyed quite a bit) but it takes an already high-concept, and goes even crazier with it. When the first twist in this story came along, (the religious undertones that were more or less completely absent from the original) I wasn’t altogether sold right away, but by the end of the film they had me hooked. This film probably isn’t as frightening as the original either, it tends to do what many sequels before it do, upping the budget and therefore upping the action scenes while down playing the scares, but it still finds a very nice balance of the two. And it’s a testament to both the talent of the filmmakers and the story being told, that I never once got taken out of the story. Everything flowed together quite well and the multiple perspectives felt like a nice change of pace from the original.
Since this is a foreign language film that most people probably haven’t really heard of, I’ll break my rule of synopsis once again and give a brief run down. “Rec 2” is about a seemingly zombie like contagion that breaks out in an apartment building somewhere in Mexico. The entire film takes place from the perspective of individuals (soldiers, children and newscasters) inside that building who are recording everything they see. It begins roughly fifteen minutes after the ending of the original. And for my money, the “Rec” series is still the best “hand-held” horror series out there. So what are you waiting for? Go find it and watch it!