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Friday, 1 November 2013

Review: [REC] 3: GENESIS (2012)

[REC] 3: GENESIS has none of the frightening urgency of the first two movies but manages to compensate them with a fairly entertaining gore fest. 

Third time is definitely not the charm for the [REC] franchise. The first two movies are genuinely frightening that made good use of its "found-footage" concept. But strangely enough, the filmmakers behind [REC] 3: GENESIS opted for radically different direction altogether. This time, director Paco Plaza goes solo here (previously he co-directed the first two movies with Jaume Balaguero) and instead of "found-footage" concept, he favors more into a horror-comedy hybrid. The result is an uneven effort that might alienate the fans of the first two movies. However, if taken this as a standalone movie, [REC] 3: GENESIS is fairly worthwhile in its own right.


[REC] 3: GENESIS begins with a wonderful wedding day of Clara (Leticia Dolera) and Koldo (Diego Martin). Koldo's cousin Adrian (Alex Monner) is in charge to record everything with his consumer-grade camcorder, while professional videographer Atun (Mr. B.) shares the responsibility with his more expensive video equipment. As the wedding ceremony takes place at the Spanish estate in the countryside, everything seems to be fine until Uncle Victor (Emilio Mencheta), whose hand gets bitten by a mysterious dog earlier on, suddenly goes crazy and plummets himself from the top balcony and starts to rip the flesh off his wife's neck with his teeth. It doesn't take long before everyone runs amok and starts killing off each other, leaving a few survivors left on the run. During the attack, Clara and Koldo are separated in different locations around the estate. With no outside help whatsoever, they have to rely on themselves and find ways to reunite each other.

Clocking at a scant 80 minutes, [REC] 3: GENESIS is efficiently paced from start till the end. The first 20 minutes which details Adrian's camcorder footage of Clara's and Koldo's wedding day feels as genuine and involving as a real-life amateur wedding video.

Both Leticia Dolera and Diego Martin are likable enough as two loving couples who will do anything to reunite together. Genre fans of course, will appreciate the amount of gore and violence displayed throughout the movie. All the production values as well as its special effects are top-notch.

The scene at which Clara, in full bridal gown, attacks the zombies with a chainsaw at the tunnel.

While some might viewed the change-of-pace setting in [REC] 3: GENESIS as a fresh approach, some of them fails to hit the mark. Paco Plaza's bold attempt to mix horror and comedy tends to get awkward.

Despite most of the setbacks, [REC] 3: GENESIS remains a good time-waster for a zombie genre. In the meantime, [REC] 4: APOCALYPSE, which will be directed by Jaume Balaguero, is scheduled for release in 2014.

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