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Friday, September 7, 2012

MOVIE REVIEW: [REC]³ GENESIS

ON DEMAND IN THEATERS

[REC]³ GENESIS




The origins of the demonically possessed that inhabit the apartment building from the first two [REC] movies is explained in this prequel from director Paco Plaza, one of the two co-directors of the series. His twice-over collaborator, Jaume Balaguero, returns to helm [REC] Apocalypse, the conclusion to the first-person action/horror franchise. Diego Martin and Leticia Dolera star. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Director: Paco Plaza

Cast: Diego Martín, Leticia Dolera, Javier Botet, Mireia Ros

Release Date: Sep 07, 2012

Rated R for some Language and Strong Bloody Horror Violence

Runtime: 1 hr. 19 min.

Genres: Horror, Suspense/Thriller

Review:

[REC]³ Génesis is the third entry in one of my favorite horror franchises around. The first two films delivered a visceral punch that hard to match. Their use of the first person POV worked for the series incredibly well giving it an immediacy and tension that made it stand out from the rest. The first 20 minutes or so play out much like the first two films until director Paco Plaza literally knocks the camera out of the actors hand and changes the perspective along with the general tone of the film. It’s jarring and sure to make some fans of the series question this entry. Taking a more comedic and traditional tone, the third film is still visceral and full of gore and scares but it’s far different from it’s more serious in tone predecessors. Once the turn occurs the film will either win you over or turn you off entirely. Your enjoyment of the film will depend entirely on how much you are willing to accept this version of [REC]. To their credit the 2 leads do fine work with Leticia Dolera, a more attractive Shelly Duvall, leaving the biggest impression. Dolera has some of the better “hero” shots throughout the latter part of the film. Dolera and Martin are given a fairly weak script which doesn’t allow for much in terms of characterizations but by the end of the film I still found myself invested in their story, a testament to their work. [REC]³ Génesis won’t be for everyone and might even turn off some fans of the franchise but it’s still an enjoyable if more traditionally shot zombie film.

B-

5 comments:

  1. I understand everyone who hates this part, especially the fans of the second part.
    However, me, a true admirer of over-the-top zombie fun, an avid fan of Part 1 and an avid hater of Part 2... I had a blast with this. Loved all the hilarious humor and all the glorious gore.

    Great review for a badass gore flick! :)

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    1. I rather enjoy the first two and I still enjouyed this one, once you get what they are going for it's a lot of fun.

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  2. I missed your post of this and the childish part of me that we both know so well is slightly annoyed that you got to see this one before me!

    I love the [REC] franchise but I have no idea how I will feel about the shift from the first person POV as it's what makes the films so good. It will be the same with the humour!

    A B- isn't bad though so I will keep my hopes high

    K :-D

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    1. Its one of the few times I've seen a Rec film before you! Its a different animal, might turn you off all together, really tough to tell until you see it.

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