Lately I have been hearing a lot of talk about a film called [Rec] (2007). If you watch the trailer for [Rec], you will notice that the film Quarantine has the same trailer. Except that it has different actors, and is in English. [Rec] comes out of Spain so it was filmed in Spanish. Since finding it isn't easy, I ended up doing something I don't normally do, in order to watch it. It will be interesting to watch Quarantine now that I have watched [Rec], since many believe it is a frame for frame remake. Then again, what would be the point if it is that type of remake? Oh that's right, I wasn't supposed to have watched this one first. That is why I couldn't find it anywhere. Well, almost, since I did find it.
[Rec] has no opening credits, so that threw me a little. It starts off with Angela (Manuela Velasco) doing an introduction for a TV show that she is a host for. The show is called While You Were Sleeping. I am assuming that she goes around to different places, to show her viewers what happens while many of us are fast asleep. On this night, she and her trusty camera man, Pablo, are filming at a fire station. Things are rather uneventful as she interviews different people, shows where they eat and sleep, and things like that. Angela hopes, in a way, that there will be a fire somewhere, so they can catch the firemen in action. A call does come in, but it is for someone trapped in an apartment. Angela and Pablo decide to tag along, since it might be the only call for the night. Once they get there, they all discover that the police are already there trying to sort out what is going on. They all head up to the apartment, which the subtitles say is on the first floor, which explains why they go up to the second floor. Anyway, they go into the apartment and discover a woman who doesn't look very good. As they approach her, she goes on the attack. They get away, although not all do unscathed, only to find that the building has been locked down from the outside. Everyone inside is told to stay inside, and not to try and leave. What is going on?
[Rec] is filmed in the style of Cloverfield and other such films. All we see comes from the camera that Pablo is filming with. Many people will be glad to know that there isn't much movement with the camera. There is some of course, but no where near as bad as what can be found in say Cloverfield or The Blair Witch Project. The camera does get turned off, so that kind of leaves out the question of why are they always filming. The camera becomes handy since it has night vision on it. It isn't reinvented, but [Rec] is an easier watch since there aren't all that many wild camera movements. I think a lot of people list this film as their favorite, out of this style of filming, because we see what it is we are supposed to be afraid of. The Blair Witch Project shows us nothing, while Cloverfield shows us very little. Yes I know there are more than those two films, but they are the ones I have watched so far. I liked [Rec], but I can't say that I liked it more than those two films.
There are some things that bothered me in this film. At one point, Angela wants to see what Pablo filmed. Being a good camera man, he rewinds the tape for her. Did you know that you will record the rewind? I sure didn't know that. Later in the film, they can't remember who lives in which apartment. The camera was recording when everyone explained where they lived in the building. But instead of rewinding the tape to remind themselves, they find it is much easier to travel through a zombie infected building. I guess I should give Pablo credit there, it might have used up too much tape to record the rewind again. I also discovered that it is always a good idea to tell your camera man to keep recording, even though that is his job after all, while standing in front of the camera. It seems the government has had to deal with this before, since they reacted so quickly. A health inspector is sent in, and of course everyone wants to know what is going on. At first he doesn't say anything, but then soon starts to spill out the secrets. So remember that, never trust a health inspector with your secrets. It is also never a good idea to stand in front of a glass door, after just locking a zombie behind it.
The effects are pretty basic as far as zombie movies go. They are all well done and fun to see. The acting was also well done as far as I could tell. Manuela Velasco was great in her role. She is a pretty woman, and she was always willing to go after the story like a true reporter. However, she couldn't seem to shut up when needed though. The plot for [Rec] was fine with me. But as you can see, I found it a little too conflicting. How fast people become zombies is also conflicting. At first it takes them a long time to turn, but by the end of the film, people are turning into zombies quicker than you can snap your fingers. As I said before though, it was nice to be able to see what we are dealing with. Don't get me wrong, I love to use my imagination. It can scare me better than some of the things I see on the screen. I did enjoy [Rec], but I didn't enjoy it as much as a lot of people seemed to have. Once it does hit DVD around here, I will end up buying it. If you find a way to watch it, I suggest you do so. It is a good film to watch.
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