FILM REVIEW: Rec 2 (Cert 18)

A LESSON I have learnt from my experience of watching [REC] 2 is to never truly expect one thing as you normally end up disappointed. I expected a re-hash of the first, with the same tension and brilliant build-ups to terrifying conclusions. We begin whe

A LESSON I have learnt from my experience of watching [REC] 2 is to never truly expect one thing as you normally end up disappointed.

I expected a re-hash of the first, with the same tension and brilliant build-ups to terrifying conclusions.

We begin where the first movie ended, as a group of people enter the house. All have cameras, all are capturing their findings and all have the character development of a lemon.

The genius of the first film is that it created a completely different kind of zombie movie, where each character was playing an integral part of some evil. We were there from the beginning and we were surviving with them.

Sadly [REC] 2 takes much of that rollercoaster ride away. It uses multiple cameras and many of the shocks from the first are repeated - a glimpse of a zombie and then a crazy run at the camera.

The ending, like the first, could have cut a diamond with its raw intensity and it didn't fail to leave jaws dropped.

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None-the-less [REC] 2 yanked the hatchet up a few notches, continued the intriguing mythology of this terrifying place and delivered a sequel that doesn't quite taint the original.

TIM LINCE

3/5 STARS