REC 2, a 2009 sequel to the movie REC, takes off running. The film starts seemingly minutes after the first movie ends. When the outside world loses contact with survivors inside the quarantined building, a SWAT team led by a Dr. Owen breaches it to recover a blood sample from Patient Zero.
Making a sequel to a containment-style horror movie (most of the movie exists in one location) is challenging at best. The audience must forget that they have seen all these sets before and, as true with all sequels, it must accomplish the feat of revisiting the events of its predecessor and taking the story to the next level. REC 2 does this with style as new characters are introduced into a familiar environment.
While the sequel maintains its heritage in its point of view shooting style they had to find a logical reason for someone to be holding a camera all the time. Instead of a reporter cam you have a SWAT tactical camera. Enter first person shooter mode.
At times this extended point of view gets tiresome. The video game generation would feel right at home.
They appear to be the walking dead; however the film makes it clear that while they hunger for human flesh, they are susceptible to the words of the lord. The demonic possession makes them operate as part of a hive mind; they are fast, coherent at times, and predatory.
“Church is not fun for anyone.”
The SWAT team appears to have missed several important training sessions because at times their actions can best be described as bumbling. When the chips are down who you gonna call?
“SWAT ain’t afraid of no ghosts!”
REC 2 delivers a fast-paced, exciting conclusion to the events that unfold in the quarantine. The majority of the cast from the first movie comes back in one form or another, making both films like two parts to a whole. Individually the two films feel like something is missing, but together it feels like a solid story full of twists and turns that will keep you in suspense all the way through.
Take a Drink: every time the swat teams training is questionable.
Take a Drink: every time someone says ‘joder’.
Do a Shot: every time you see a Cameo from REC.