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2013 Fourteen Days of Halloween Part Twelve: [REC] ^2 (2009)

Posted by invizweb on October 29, 2013

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Directors:  Jaume Balaguero, and Paco Plaza

Starring:  Jonathan Mellor, Oscar Sanchez Zafra, Alejandro Casaseca, Manuela Velasco, Pablo Rosso, Rafa Parra, Andrea Ros, Alex Batllori, and Pau Roch

Producer(s):   Julio Fernandez, and Carlos Fernandez

Writers:  Jaume Balaguero, Paco Plaza,and Manu Diez

Distributor:  Magnolia Pictures

Studio(s):  Filmax International, and Castelao Productions

Run Time:  1 Hour 25 Minutes (85 Minutes)

One of the most riveting movies I have seen all year, [REC]^2 is an edge of your seat zombie found footage genre piece, sequel to the 2nd film I reviewed last year (see 40 Days of Halloween Part 2).   This time, a Special Operations team  is deployed to the quarantined Barcelona house from the first one, and escort an official to collect data within.  And they have helmet cams.  The use of camera work in this film is superb as it presents the film in different shades, angles, and lighting at various parts adding to the atmosphere.  In addition, the cast members such as Jon Mellor, Alejandro Casaseca, and especially again Manuela Velasco were awesome in delivering their lines as if it was their natural speech.  Kudos to Plaza and Balaguero again for their writing of credible dialogue.  Just a note though:  I, as an Agnostic, at first, was slightly uncomfortable with watching the film’s dogamtic orthodox religious worldviews.  But, those views did give an interesting perspective to this cinematic experience.   Still, if you are a Progressive, you may or may not be fine with the film’s undertones which run against feminist philosophy.   Otherwise, the film was smartly written, acted, and filmed.  I am excited to watch the third and fourth movies in the series soon.

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