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“I hope we get a call” [Angela]
on 14 August 2015
This 2008 science fiction horror features television reporter Angela Vidal (Jennifer Carpenter) and her cameraman Scott Percival (Steve Harris) making a late night documentary at a fire-station when the crew has to respond to an emergency call from an apartment building. However, on arrival they find things are not quite what they seem and soon find themselves quarantined inside. It is told through in the ‘through the lens’ style as seen by the camera.
The film is essentially an English language version of ‘Rec’ following the same storyline and using about 80% of the same script. The major difference between the two films is this dwells more on the panic and frenzy of the situation they find themselves in. The camera work is more shaky and the sound less clear, this works in heightening the adrenalin rush but ultimately makes the dialogue and action detail difficult to follow [lose a *]. The acting is good but due to the techniques used we don’t ‘connect’ so readily, and the dialogue doesn’t seem to gel that well and it lacks the ‘explanations’ of the original, whilst a lot of the sinister ‘big brother’ atmosphere tends to be lost [lose a *]. However some scenes do work better –from a scary horror manner as you do get the sense of panic [regain a *].
The single disc opens to main menu featuring, play, audio [English or audio descriptive], subtitles [most Scandinavian languages and Hindi!], scene selection and special features [documentary making of, special effects and trailers].
If you don’t like subtitles this is a good English version but just losses out to the original which seems more realistic in it’s portrayal of events, yet is a worthy **** maintaining a fast pace and some gory moments.