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108 out of 161 people found the following review useful:
They did it again!, 24 February 2010
Author: banbogdan from Romania
First of all someone wrote : "Worst movie ever?" I'm wondering if he
really watched this movie. Anyway REC2 really did it for me,I was so
looking forward to seeing this sequel and after reading some IMDb
reviews I was thinking...boy I hope this wont be major let down.
And it wasn't! From the first minute to the last it was a thrill ride.I saw some excellent camera work, some really impressive effects and some top acting.
After i watched the first one,i was asking myself :"How did it start? What really happened?" Well in REC2 you get all the answers.
Once again BRAVO Jaume Balagueró&Paco Plaza BRAVO Spain
72 out of 122 people found the following review useful:
Move Thee Reviews: A Creative Roller Coaster Ride, 8 January 2010
Author: Kenji Chan from Hong Kong
REC 2 creatively transforms a zombie movie into a different genre and
challenges our preconceptions about zombies. Besides, it is more
exciting and frightening than REC because there are more actions and
more points of view. In addition, the teenage boy plays his role
convincingly and the ending is unpredictable.
Another movie, Paranormal Activity, was also shot with a shaky camera from the first person's point of view. I personally find it less impressive than both REC and REC 2, which require the audience to think after viewing.
Before watching REC 2, everyone SHOULD watch REC first. May I also kindly remind you to beware of spoilers in discussion forums before you watch it? Enjoy this compelling roller coaster ride! 4 / 5
34 out of 52 people found the following review useful:
REC 2 Continues The Creepy Atmosphere Of It's Predecessor While Giving Something New, 18 June 2010
Author: shanebeacham from United States
I am huge fan of the original horror film "REC," which of course
inspired the American remake "Quarantine." So of course, once I heard
that they were making the sequel I was up for it completely. The first
film still scares me to this day, even though I've watched it several
times. While I'm not sure I could have the same experience with REC 2,
the movie is still a great horror film.
REC 2 starts almost immediately after the events that took place in the first film, and follows members of the S.W.A.T. team going to the apartment complex from the first film. Equipped with video cameras, they go in to find any remaining characters, and find the antidote to the virus that is spreading. We also follow a group of teenagers who end up finding their way in too. We see both vantage points, including the horror that both teams face.
The way this film is shot is breathtaking. In the first film, we had only one perspective from a TV camera. In this film, the S.W.A.T. team uses cameras that can link to mini cameras so that when one of the characters is on his own we can see what's going on. Some may feel this doesn't keep the realism, but I feel it does. Law-enforcement men take cameras with them all the time, and if you were a kid going into the apartment to see what's going on, naturally you would have a camera. In terms of a technical achievement, REC 2 definitely brings it up a level.
In the last film, what this virus may be is merely hinted at. In here, the directors move more into the mythology they created and expand it. We learn, without giving too much away, that the virus is much more than what we thought it was, something that leads back to the Vatican and religion in general.
While I wouldn't say the second film is as scary as the first, it still carries the creepy atmosphere set up in the first REC. There are many scenes were you feel trapped and you can't get out, and not knowing what's gonna happen next.
I was very pleased that they brought back Angela Vidal (the main character) for the second film. I felt that the actress did well, and the directors brought her character to the right point, which leads into my next topic: The ending. I was wondering how the film's climax would be and if it would top the first film's ending, which goes down as one of the most frightening things I've ever seen. The answer is yes, it does go in the right direction, shocks you, and sets you up for the third film.
The biggest problem that I can say about REC 2 is that while characters in the first film were well developed and memorable, you don't get that with these new characters. Sure we fear for them, sure they're not bad characters at all. But none of them really made me think about them afterward, and the only character that was memorable was Angela Vidal, who was in the first film.
It felt a little too shaky at times for me. While it does keep the film tense especially in it's more obscure moments, I really wished the camera could stop and calm down at a few points.
While REC 2 may not be as incredible as the first, it still takes things that were done well in the first film and makes them better. So if you liked the first movie and you're hyped for the second, you shouldn't be disappointed.
46 out of 79 people found the following review useful:
A must see!!, 23 October 2009
Author: dashjack from Mexico
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Just saw this today, and I really loved it. Is it better than the
first?? I say not, but to make up for that, it is radically different:
it differs in its structure, pace, characters, plot and a big twist you
may not see coming, actually I really think you won't, it is very
The movie opens with an amazing line from the first film: "Grabalo todo Pablo, por tu puta madre" and then just immediately we revisit (REC)'s finale.
(REC) needed to provide us with interesting and multidimensional characters, some likable some not, but they wanted us to be involved with these people, so that the outcome of their lives could affect us one way or the other. It had a lot of tension and suspense and an amazing set up, who are these people? How did they end up here? Can they get out? What is happening?? Is it a virus?? Possession?? And all these factors made for an amazing and unique experience. But the movie worked because the story worked.
Having said this, (REC)2 lacks any true character development and most of the suspense and mystery from the first one is gone. Instead it has tons of action, gore, terror and a never ending climax, it sounds like any Hollywood sequel right?? Well it isn't simply because behind those deliberate elements lies a truly frightening, horrific and original story.
(REC)2 works, simply because the story works. And said story demands none of the elements form the original, it doesn't need any involvement with the characters, it doesn't need to establish them, the setting or the situation anymore. All they have to do is tie all those loose ends and give us a frightening movie while they're at it. AND IT WORKS!!! The movie manages to stay fresh (yes, even with the hand held camera and the relatively same setting) because it is told in three acts, each act from three different points of view. They expand the world from the first one so that you can understand what is going on outside, how they will proceed and why it has to happen inside the building again. The pace is frenetic and five minutes into it you already have gore, scares and just pure horror. You have one hour and a half of constant climax and terror. And what really saves it from being disposable entertainment is the amazing plot, which takes everything we knew and throws it away, giving us a brand new and absolutely genius take on the circumstances.
The ending is, of course, a cliffhanger; and a freaking shocking cliffhanger that is (even more so than the first). And, as most of you already know, (REC)3 has been confirmed for 2011 so I say we are looking at one of the best horror franchises ever. 28 days later who??
I give it 9 out of 10. A MUST SEE!!!
MILD SPOLERS AHEAD.... Angela comes back for the last 10 minutes or so, in a PIVOTAL role. Let's just say if they decide to make a sequel to Quarantine, it will be extremely different because of what said remake left out.... The final shot is the continuation of the first shot, I already said what the first shot is. We meet Jennifer's father We still don't know what happened to the dog, or how it got infected, no that it matters anymore...
12 out of 14 people found the following review useful:
A highly anticipated sequel that (mostly) delivers., 23 July 2011
Author: lewiskendell from United States
Not as cohesive or frightening, as the first REC (which is one of my
favorite modern horror movies), but still a tense and thrilling horror
ride, more often than not. This is a direct continuation of the
original, and happens in and around the same apartment building on the
REC 2 takes the supernatural elements of the first movie and further explores them, which sets it apart from some similar zombie-type films. No complaints from me there, I enjoyed the expansion of the overall mythos and the added backstory/explanation for some of the people and events of the first film. On the negative side, I did find the new characters introduced in this one to be almost universally unlikable and annoying. Did that ruin the movie? No, but I definitely cared about the well-being and survival of these people less than those that came before. There's also a slight feeling of repetition that comes with using the same location again, but that's understandable considering the direct plot continuance.
REC 2 is basically more of the same, so if you enjoyed the first, there's no real reason why you shouldn't see this. It's not quite up to the same quality, but it's worth checking out to see the interesting direction the story goes in.
20 out of 30 people found the following review useful:
Ruined the atmosphere for the 1st film, 23 July 2010
Author: Flavio Foglia from Italy
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
I watched yesterday Rec 1, a masterpiece. This evening, Rec 2.
This is not an awful film after all, but several points below the first one (I voted the first 8/10).
Rec 1 transmitted to me a sense of confusion, mystery, it really makes you feel like you are one of the people trapped in that apartment, who doesn't really know well what is going on, both inside and outside the building. But the first film is realistic: deals about science, a virus, zombies (although they are faster and more intelligent then the standard), physical infection.
Rec 2 changes this to a demoniac possession which reminds the Exorcist. First film was science, second film is religion. I preferred science. In this second film Satan talks through the infected/possessed people, and like in The Exorcist is able to change the voice of its victim. I found that quite ridiculous, kind of a thing that would be never happened in 1st film, where the villains were infected and not possessed! So now why this stupid change?! It is just a bad mismatch if you pair it with the realistic horror masterpiece that was Rec 1.
Also, the characters were better in the first. They were just common people, their reactions were understandable, but why in the sequel a police team that should be quite prepared acts stupid more than once? They should know when to shoot, and react less hysterically even if the situation was tragic.
Even the camera was better in the first movie. You feel that the camera is really inside the movie, but here seems more "external". The cameraman never does anything except filming, like if in a situation were you are in a high risk of death your first thought is keep the camera in position. Then one of the policemen says, "how could we make the people outside believe what is happening here? Nobody is going to believe us!". Now, think about it, you took a member of your team that does nothing except filming all the time and you have no proof?! Bah.
So my final suggestion: watch Rec 1, that is very well made, realistic, full of suspense, does his horror movie job very well. Rec 2? Not so bad, but more than 1 stupid storyline decision that ruined this sequel, like the introduction of Satan and supernatural elements, and lack of characterization.
45 out of 83 people found the following review useful:
A Huge Disappointment, 3 March 2010
Author: charliemanson999 from United Kingdom
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
First of all I really enjoyed the first REC film. It had an original,
realistic and creepy feel to it. The characters were well built and
developed, funny at times, and interesting story lines were built
around the main frame of the film. The sequence of events was
intriguing from the very start, as to see the gradual escalation of
events in a zombie film was untouched ground, as "zombie"-esque movies
tend to start straight in with survivors trying to stay alive in a
fully-fledged infection. Everything was well done, the ending
particularly ambiguous and creepy, and I found the unfinished story
lines, the unnerving "is this actually religious or just crazy
experimentation gone wrong?" ending, the way everything built on a
gradual crescendo to the nail-biting finale kept me thinking about the
film for days.
REC2 takes away all of the impact of the first film. They feel the need to explain. everything. There is no nail-biting crescendo which puts you firmly in the shoes of the actual victims, there is no development of characters or interesting sub-story lines. There is just one bad bad movie spin-off from the game Doom.
The dull predictable attack-scenes, which seemed to follow exactly the same formula (some shadowy figures appears, charges the camera) each time, the slightly ridiculous decision to go down the purely "exorcist"-esque route, the lack of a more-detailed plot just kills everything that could and should have been good about this film.
The ending "shock" is horrifically predictable (yeah it's really believable that the former lead just got away from the infected girl who so easily dragged her into darkness at the end of REC), and with the ending meaning the "demon" successfully got out of the building it's difficult to see what direction the film can go in without it being completely different from the first two. Presumably something to do with the two kids who appeared to survive having been locked in the room by SWAT.
A sorry excuse for what could have been an excellent franchise. DO NOT WATCH.
11 out of 16 people found the following review useful:
A gloriously nasty Spanish roller-coaster ride, 14 January 2011
Author: thisissubtitledmovies from www.subtitledonline.com
excerpt, full review at my location - REC splattered its way onto our
screens three years ago, and part of its power was the fact this small-
budget Spanish horror tale seemed to come out of nowhere. The sequel
will struggle to match it simply because it lacks the surprise element
which made the first one so great, right?
Apparently there are to be two more films, one a straight sequel and a prequel. The sequel will, like this one, carry on pretty much straight after the ending, but it will be hard matched to equal this one. REC2 introduces some humour which the first one lacked, but to go down that road too much will spoil all the hard work that the first two. We'll see
A gloriously nasty Spanish roller-coaster ride up and down the stairs of that Barcelona apartment block just don't eat too close to the film. Seriously, it's that gory.
5 out of 6 people found the following review useful:
Rec ² (2009), 17 January 2012
Author: SnakesOnAnAfricanPlain from United Kingdom
Rec 2 picks up just moments after Rec. Now a SWAT Team and a medical officer are being sent in to clear up any mess. It's a simple, but still a powerful premise. It was kind of nice touring the same building again, seeing the remains of the previous film. The SWAT team POV also sets up some fantastic 1st person shooting scenes. This has to become a game at some point. The attacks do become a bit repetitive, but the story is given an extra kick by expanding on the demonic possession themes. This sets it apart from other zombie/virus movies. It had plenty of jumps and did unsettle me. Wouldn't mind watching the two films back to back for an ultimate experience.
9 out of 14 people found the following review useful:
i need the anti-do-to..., 5 January 2011
Author: kev_silv from United States
watching REC 2 made me realize how bad these directors and screen writers didn't want to make this sequel of REC 2 suck...meaning that it kinda felt like they were trying really hard to make a good sequel. the film turned out okay in the sense that it carried exactly from were REC finished and satisfied me with blood and jumping out of my seat scenes..but i really did't that much, also the demonic creatures, which we end up finding out about, thus creating the background story which wasn't very pleasing but fair. the camera view style was well done however the acting was a little over the top, sometimes i feel like hopping in the TV and telling them to shut up! Overall it did not surpass REC, but then again worth a watch if you want to see the story complete itself.
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