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A change of pace,
This review is from: [Rec] Genesis [DVD] (DVD)
The creators of REC must have found themselves with a dilemma. Do you a) continue with the same format, and progress the storyline but basically create nearly the same film as its prequels or b) do something entirely different and risk losing fans?
Evidently they went for b). And it's a mixed blessing.
After 20 minutes the original hand-held found footage format is ditched, switching to traditional third person shooting. I found this slightly disappointing as they establish three different viewpoints (aka cameramen) in those twenty minutes, and it seems like a rather throwaway measure - why take the time to create three different versions of the same events if you're going to ditch them all in a few minutes time? You barely see any of the "cinematic" cameraman's footage, so his purpose within the film is almost entirely pointless. Just one cameraman - the groom's brother - would have been enough. Nevertheless, this first twenty minutes is on form, and the eventual zombie attack is well staged. Throughout the movie there are little nods to the previous films which are lovely, but far too few.
REC3 is pretty cliched, but this isn't always a bad thing. It borrows from other successes of the genre (Evil Dead, Dawn of the Dead etc.) extensively, and many of the scares left me groaning - not unlike the zombies. However, this makes the film a lot more fun than the last two films. While the original REC left me breathless and exhausted from the tension and scares, REC3 is simply a satisfying, solid zombie movie. Very little scares but some excellent scenes (especially Clara's "bridezilla" moment).
My problem with this is that they may as well have created an entirely different franchise. It seems almost tacked on - like they wrote the script and then decided it would be part of the REC series. While the religious themes link it to the second REC, in terms of tone, REC3 is vastly different to it's predecessors. Ditching the handheld was probably a good move, given the fact that the found footage genre has been overwhelmed since the release of the original, but they did not need to lose everything else that made REC so scary. There was not much tension or grit, no actual fear for the characters or their predicament - it doesn't even progress the story arc of the original two. I went into this film expecting to be scared, and while I enjoyed it, I couldn't help but feel disappointed.
But maybe that's just me. Walk into this with no expectations and you'll certainly find an entertaining film. The tagline on the DVD states it's a "crowd-pleaser" and it is that - but it's nothing special.
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Initial post: 1 Sep 2012 03:13:57 BDT
Mario Joao Paulo says:
The creators of REC must have found themselves with a dilemma???
Clearly an uninformed person...
Posted on 2 Sep 2012 19:30:22 BDT
G Rees says:
The creators were obviously drunk when they brought out this clanger, not in a dilemma-unless by dilemma you mean substance abuse problem.
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