[REC]2 title

Tag line : Fear Revisited!

[REC]2The original "[REC]" had proved to be something of an international success and had even spawned a US remake the year after its release. So not to be outdone, the original Spanish producers quickly set about making a sequel to their film.

Set immediately after the events of the first movie, a heavily armed police SWAT team is sent into the building, along with a forensic medical examiner, to find out what's happened and search for survivors.

Of course, it isn't too long before the zombies show themselves and the officers find they're fighting for their lives. Overwhelmed by the sheer number of infected, they find they are unable to leave until the medical examiner authorises the authorities to let them out, and says he will not do so until they find a particular blood sample, which should be located in one of the apartments.

Searching for the samples, whilst trying to fend off the infected tenants, it seems the medical examiner knows a lot more about this virus than he's letting on. But what has really happened here, and why do the infected seem to back off when he starts quoting bible verses at them?

As with the first film, this movie is in Spanish language with English subs and is told from a first person perspective. Though unlike the first film, this one is told in 3 parts. The 1st is seen through the helmet cameras on the police SWAT team as they enter the building, with the second being told through the camcorders of a group of urban explorers who've sneaked into the building to see what the fuss is about. The 3rd and final part, which makes up the films finale as the 2 plots converge, is told through the TV camera of one of the survivors of the first film, who makes a surprise appearance towards the end.

Whilst the original could be described as a cross between "Blair Witch Project" and "Dawn of the Dead", I would describe this as a cross between "Aliens" and "Demons" and is much more action orientated than the original. Though its safe to say that this isn't a full on action film, and relies more heavily on atmosphere to build suspense.

This one had a slightly more widespread cinema release in the UK than its predecessor and I'm glad I managed to find a cinema on my travels that was showing it, as I really wanted to see this on the big screen, and boy was I not disappointed. So if you're a fan of the original "[REC]", this film comes as highly recommended viewing. See it as soon as you get chance!

Overall Marks : 7.5/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Alternate tag line "The Party's Over"

  • Cinematographer Pablo Rosso, who played the cameraman in the first film, plays SWAT team member Rosso in this.

  • The police, ambulance and fire crews outside the building when the SWAT team roll up were actual policemen and rescue workers, who'd been brought in as extras. Similarly, the crowd of onlookers were people from the neighbourhood that the crew roped into helping, and not actors.

  • Filming was completed in just 6 weeks.

  • Directors Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza had originally said they would not return to do a sequel, but changed their mind after seeing the overwhlemingly positive reaction audiences had to the first film.

  • Alejandro Casaseca, who plays Martos, is better known for appearing in Spanish comedy programs and films. This movie marked his first serious screen role.

  • Over 300 extras were used in the making of this film.

  • The film was released theatrically in Spain in October 2009 and had the highest opening weekend gross that year for a Spanish film.

  • For the New Zealand release,  the distributors spent most of the advertising budget on a website offering the remainder of the funds as a competition prize for the person who generated the most publicity for the film.

  • Ferran Terraza, who played firemen Manu in the previous film, can be seen reprising his role as one of the infected in the apartment block.

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