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[REC] 2 (3 stars)

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[rec] 2

(15) 85min

Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza’s original [Rec] was a taut, unnerving chiller that brought a claustrophobic, Blair Witch-style sensibility to the zombie genre. Its sequel adopts more of an Aliens-style approach by swapping a TV reporter and some firemen for a SWAT team and a medical officer in search of the evil that lurks within.

Picking up minutes after the original, [Rec] 2 still unfolds within the confines of the infected apartment as its central characters’ search for the evil host as well as a blood sample that might offer a cure.

The action continues to unfold through a hand-held video camera and is just as chaotic, with more shocks and a higher body count that are in keeping with the rules of a sequel.

This, in turn, compromises any real character development but Balagueró and Plaza still have fun revealing some of the film’s truths as well as setting things up for an even broader three-quel (already on its way). Gripping enough for those committed to the journey.

General release from Fri 28 May.

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[REC] 2

  • 3 stars
  • 2009
  • Spain
  • 85 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza
  • Written by: Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza, Manu Díez
  • Cast: Jonathan Mellor, Óscar Sánchez Zafra, Ariel Casas, Alejandro Casaseca, Pablo Rosso, Pep Molina, Andrea Ros, Ális Batllori, Pau Poch, Juli Fábregas, Nico Baixas, Javier Botet, Carlos Olalla, Manuela Velasco

Swapping a TV reporter and some firemen for a SWAT team and a medical officer, this zombie-horror sequel picks up minutes after the original and continues to unfold through a hand-held video camera. Just as chaotic, with more shocks and a higher body count.

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