Everything that the first [REC] did so well, this film fails at. We've got tough, cussin, heavily-armed SWAT guys who turn into screaming wimps at the sight of a rabid grandma.Teenage kids who decide to break into a medically quarantined building because it somehow represents their chance at a better life. And an ending that not only retroactively ruins the ending of the first but is just plain revolting to boot.
An astonishing piece of filmmaking. Again, like the original, it's dealing with the nature of 'the image' and the need to record. That is, 'cinema as spectacle', casting the audience as a genuine (if passive, by necessity) participant, allowing us to see everything as the characters might see it. Formally daring and more audacious than any festival bait; the approach falls somewhere between Russian Ark and Redacted.
This is such a shitty ass sequel. It does have some scary moments in it but the films story/structural edIting/and flat out outlandish-ness just ruins it 4me.It's mere existence taints the original and the American remake.
If Rec is a beautiful sweater, Rec 2 takes a thread from a snag in that garb and makes a complimentary pair of pants. Though I liked Rec more, together they make a great outfit. Despite some mid-film tedium, the last 15 minutes is brilliant. I'm not a horror aficionado, but these films are too cleverly made not to appreciate. 3 1/2 stars
More of the same...for dummies. The first one was better, with almost no explanations, but this sequel tries - with no success - to explain (too many) things. Sometimes it works a little. The ending is awful. In a bad way, I mean.
Omg I wanted to kill my self, really it just loses it all, bye bye! Adios! come on the whole story just goes out the window, all of a sudden, theres more to the attic and your in "mission impossible" merged with "28 days later", then "the exorcist" with the unholy blood, then of course magic doors and objects a hint of "Shutter". Fuck me! Disapointing completly, should have stuck with the first movie...crap in a reel
The strength of the first was it's mystery. That's what builds horror. Trying to comprehend something you don't understand is terrifying. Trying to tack on a full on explanation with actors overacting with illogical anger from what they're being told tends to suck out the tension. Some good ideas that would have worked great in a video game but leaves you questioning why just one person works the night vision camera!
Its focus shifts from creating strain and a spooky aspect (that was very noticeable in the first installment) to explaining the origin of the virus (which, while it could have helped the storyline, by mixing a lot of elements it completely ruins the mood) and, by doing so, it bites its own tail. Not scary elements and, even tough it stretches the story, it fells lazy.