”][REC] starts (below) with a chirpy reporter informing the viewers that they will be spending some time with a local fire brigade to see what they do while the citizens are asleep. Eventually the fire brigade receive a call to attend a block of flats. Reporter in tow, they head for the flats.
I should mention that the entire movie is shot with a raw documentary feel, for example at the start we see the reporter fluffing her lines and retrying, and while heading to the flats we see her discussing things with her cameraman. Effectively everything we see is from the cameramans perspective.
As they enter the block of flats the natives are restless and an investigation (with the local Police) begins. Heading in to the offending flat, they discover an old woman, covered in blood, who ends up causing chaos.
I don’t want to give too much away, but if you watch this movie with the lights out, you’d better have a change of underwear at the ready.
The group, loosely led by one of the Police, try to leave the block of flats but are trapped inside. Loud speakers outside tell them they are, effectively, in a contaminated zone and would be shot if they try to leave. As if that’s not bad enough, things get much worse! The virus which is wreaking havok is pretty much a zombie virus, anyone bitten by a carrier becomes a mad, rabid, zombie. Unfortunately, none of the people trapped in the block of flats know this…
Again, I don’t want to spoil things, so I won’t go any further with the storyline. The movie was shot on a shoestring budget which, rather than making things look bad, it’s made them look better, the director has obviously gone the route of ingenuity to solve budget problems. Special effects are sparse but when they appear they are very well done. Yes, a lot of scenes are shaky-cam, but it is justified and done to intentionaly disorientate and jar us.
[REC] is an awesome movie. I saw the English subtitled version, I’m told there’s a dubbed version which I would only recommend to slow readers as I find dubbing annoying, they seem to have a knack for picking the wrong voice actors. Before it could be released in the UK, [REC] was grabbed by Hollywood for a remake (Quarantine) which is due out sometime this year. I recommend you see the original in all it’s glory, then you can laugh at the inevitable rubbish remake. [REC] is a cracking film that is text book in it’s frights and doesn’t even come close to needing a remake!
I dare you to watch it, late at night, with the lights out…