Directed by Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza
"Is this on? Are you taping? Keep taping!! Is my mic working? Damn this thing is out of focus!"
"OMG! What the hell is coming towards us?!?!?"
"Turn the camera light on!"
"Use the night vision!"
[Cut to something blurry]
[Camera shakes uncontrollably while running]
Where have you heard all this before? Yup it's another 1st person POV flick ala Cloverfield and Diary of the Dead.
Mind you if you read my reviews of those films, I hate this stupid sub genre of horror. You feel naseous while watching, they quickly pan over what they should be taping directly and it's just alot of shaky camerca shots while running.
But Rec actually pulls this off and makes a decent showing using this convention.
Hollywood also knows this which is why they are remaking this brilliant Spanish film into a movie called Quarantine.
I don't know what it was but at a relatively 1 hour and 10 minutes, I really did enjoy myself. I didn't feel vomity, they recorded stuff that should have been taping and there was minimal running camera.
When you do everything the opposite of what I hate, jadedviewer likes.
A hot looking local TV reporter named Angela (Manuela Velasco) and her camera dude are doing a story about the fire department and the men who work there. Out of the blue, they are called to an apartment building where neighbors and police are investigating a screaming crazy woman. But chaos ensues and soon the building has been quarantined by the special police trapping all the residents, police and firemen.
We see Angela continue to interview the neighbors and videotape the chaos. A health official soon drops in and explains a lethal virus has been unleashed that seem to create violent zombie-ish corpses who spread the illness through bites.
Soon, the building is overrun and it's Manhunt, Manhunt 1-2-3. Angela and camera guy try to find a way out.
Angela is hot. So seeing her in most of the shots was easy on the eyes. But Manuela Velasco does an awesome-rific job of being the fearless reporter and acting scared shitless. She's definitely the catalyst for the flick and if she couldn't pull off this performance, Rec would have been another movie in the used bin.
And whereas you always question the cameraman and why he doesn't help during the crazy chaos of whats happening....in Rec, our fearless camera guy Manu actually does some useful things. In doing so, the camera actually helps. Complete darkness? No problem, use the camera light. No camera light? Use Night Vision. Logical...I appreciate that.
The 1st 20 or so minutes sets up the chaos to come. The 2nd 30 is so minutes is everybody trying to find out what the fuck is going on and the final 20 is a survival horror at its best.
I particularly didn't like the ending as it came out of leftfield but it's satisfying like lemonade on a hot sunny day.
Blair Witch Project, Cloverfield, Diary of the Dead, 28 Days Later, The Ring
Bloody chomps on necks, old fat crazy lady wounds
The final 10 minutes
The Jaded Viewer's Final Prognosis
I'm still jaded by these POV flicks. I just don't really like em. But this is the first one that I actually sorta enjoyed that didn't have me beating my head against the wall.
The residents of the building were all very unique. A Chinese family, a woman and her sick daughter, an elderly couple and a guy off his rocker. At least they weren't hipsters.
A lot of hype will accompany this film and its Hollywood ripoff as the handheld "cinema verite" flicks keep giving birth.
I can honestly say I wasn't bored and I'm a nega-reviewer on these flicks.
Just remember when your in a life threatening situation, and you have a camera...keep recording. Because your battery will never die, you'll have endless tape and you'll always keep things in focus.
And after you die, all your friends will see the video of you in our last waning moments, actually know how big of a wimp you are and give them vague theories as to how you died.
Then post it on YouTube.