Clara and Kodo are preparing for the happiest day of their lives. After the ceremony things go awry when they break the golden rule of wedding planning, never invite the uncle who got bitten by a dog.
“Thanks for inviting me!” ” Me cago en tu puta madre”
Having seen this scenario in the previous installations, I had reservations about the third. The new setting of a wedding reception and in the daylight were definitely attractive features breathing a fresh sense to a scenario we’ve seen before, and you can’t go wrong with a hot protagonist with a chainsaw right??
Pop in the DVD and you are taken through the menus of what looks like a wedding video. Child photographs and videos give us all the relevant background info on our protagonists. They are in love; it’s going to be great, simple.
A problem that a lot of these types of movies suffer from is pacing. The audience knows that it’s going to go horribly wrong. The filmmakers have a very small window to make us care about the characters. If you don’t achieve this before the first zombie hits the screen, it’s game over.
“Te Amo” ” Me cago en tu puta madre”
There are several schools of thought when it comes to the undead. Two popular ideologies are:
Shambler: Zombie authority Mark Brooks (World War Z/ Zombie Survival Guide) suggests that the living dead exist in a constant state of decay, therefore the expulsion of the lactic acid in their muscles while exerting themselves physically accelerates said decay exponentially.
Track Star: The rabid or infected variant exhibit similar characteristics to its shambling counterpart, (the insatiable hunger for flesh, the groans, etc.) but sprint from location to location.
The REC series chooses a much less seen variant. While the virus is transmitted through bites and blood, it is in fact a demonic possession, leaving the victim to become part of a greater “hive mind”. Sometimes they shamble, other times they sprint. They even seem lucid when objectives seem to be telepathically communicated to the host.
“No matter the type, this ancient armor will protect us!”
While the cast of characters is pretty lengthy, (everyone is a friend or relative) I found myself not really caring about any of them. The limited backstory we did get for the characters with speaking roles was not enough to sway me in either direction. If there is one thing that puts a damper on things is when we just don’t care about the beheadings. I found myself struggling with caring about the protagonists at times.
“Cliché loose French women and Wedding Crasher-style best men.”
REC 3 asks its audience to believe that true love can endure tragedy. In this film, tragedy takes the form of demonic possession and flesh eating family members. As the third iteration of this possession/ zombie scenario it’s larger budget, and lack of “Home Movie” filming makes it feel like just another generic zombie feature falling far from the standard set by the first.
Take a Drink: whenever a zombie does parkour
Down a Drink and shout “OLD A** Titties”: every time you see a reflection of the demon.
Do a Shot: every time someone shouts “me cago en tu puta madre.”