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Rec 4: Apocalypse DVD Review

1 March 2015 9:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Jaume Balaguero

Starring: Manuela Velasco, Paco Manzanedo, Hector Colome, Ismael Fritschi, Crispulo Cabezas

Running Time: 95 minutes

Certificate: 18

Rec exploded onto the horror scene, given us an incredible collaboration of zombie madness and found-footage. It breathed new life into both its medium and its genre, and offered up one of the most terrifying films of recent years. The first person perspective kept us hunkered in to the film’s premise. The third instalment gleefully toyed with the found-footage, before dropping it altogether, and now Rec 4: Apocalypse completely rids itself of its oppressive chains. This should allow for the film to explore new avenues and offer up greater exploration of characters and mythology. It doesn’t. Instead we get just another generic zombie (infected, whatever) film.

Setting up the scene aboard a huge oil tanker, the film immediately confines itself once again. Although this can often work out well, and »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Frightfest Glasgow 2015: ‘Rec 4: Apocalypse’ Review

24 February 2015 1:38 PM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Manuela Velasco, Paco Manzanedo, Héctor Colomé, Ismael Fritschi, Críspulo Cabezas, Mariano VenancioMaría Alfonsa Rosso | Written by Jaume Balagueró, Manu Diez | Directed by Jaume Balagueró

When an established film series decides to shed its formula and try something wildly different in its structure – if not exactly its content – I can’t help but feel both relieved and wary. If it ain’t broke, right? On the other hand, later instalments risk becoming stale reruns of earlier movies with no sense of development or even surprise, as every gag, jump and plot twist possible has already been thrown at the audience.

Such is the dilemma I found myself in with [Rec]4: Apocalypse, which ditches the found-footage style of its predecessors in favour of going for full-blown narrative cinema. I must admit, I saw no reason for concern in the intense opening sequence, as the presence of properly-framed action and quick-paced editing (editing! »

- Mark Allen

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2 Clips from [Rec] 4: Apocalypse

9 January 2015 2:15 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The zombie virus of the influential [Rec] franchise worked its way through the residents of an apartment building and the celebratory guests at a massive wedding reception, and in [Rec] 4: Apocalypse, it looks to ravage the crew of a ship at sea. We now have two new clips from the recently released movie, which show how handy an outboard motor can be in fighting off infected humans (and monkeys?).

“Several hours have passed since the terrible events that ravaged the old building in Barcelona. After the chaos of the first few moments, the army decided to intervene and an elite group of soldiers infiltrated the building in order to plant detonators and put an end to this nightmare once and for all. The mission is a success; quick and precise. Angela Vidal, the young television reporter who entered the building with the fireman just hours before, manages to make it out alive. »

- Jonathan James

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Oscar Isaac & Jessica Chastain’s ‘A Most Violent Year’ Leads Specialty Openers: Preview

1 January 2015 9:10 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

A24’s A Most Violent Year will dominate the Specialty Box Office New Year’s weekend. The feature began as director J.C. Chandor was releasing his previous feature, All Is Lost. A Most Violent Year will begin its limited run in the New Year, but the title will have a wide release by the end of the month. Also opening this weekend is IFC Films’ doc The Search For General Tso, which has its roots from a New York Times Best Seller. Well Go USA will bow China’s The Taking Of Tiger Mountain in exclusive engagements. The title opened number one at home when it rolled out ahead of Christmas. And Magnolia’s genre label, Magnet, will open Spanish thriller [Rec] 4: Apocalypse in five locations January 2. the title is already available via ultra-vod.

A Most Violent Year

Director-writer: J.C. Chandor

Cast: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, »

- Brian Brooks

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