Saturday, 25 August 2012

Frightfest 2012: Rec 3: Genesis

It is the wedding day of Clara (Leticia Dolera) and Koldo (Diego Martin), and their whole family has gathered to celebrate the event. Being withdrawn in some ways from the rest of the world, and in a very insular bubble, the family are completely oblivious to what is happening in the nearby city (events of Rec, and Rec 2 which are running parallel to this tale), so when Uncle Pepe starts behaving strangely, after being bitten earlier by a dog, they have no suspicions that anything adverse is going on. As the bride and grooms orchestrated dance routine gets under way, Pepe falls from the balcony onto a table and immediately rips out the throat of his wife, this is going to be one hell of a wedding.

Rec 3: Genesis is a genesis indeed of the story so far, in both the originals the story is told by someone holding the camera (in a found footage way), the same is found here, right up until Koldo decides that it is inappropriate to be filming the massacre going on around it, and smashes the cameraman’s equipment. It’s here that the genesis occurs, the camera come out of someone’s hands, and the movie moves to a more conventional format, a format change that was very much needed. You also have a relaxation of the fear and terror that was in the first two movies, in favour of something far more amusing, creating a complete transformation of the Rec brand.

It does on some level seem strange to be talking of humour when thinking about the Rec movies, but it really is a change for the good. The cleverest part of this offering is the fact that you needed to have absolutely no knowledge of the previous chapters; you can simply walk in and enjoy the film, only the premise from the originals remains.

While humour is the key element to Rec 3, do not be fooled this is by far the most bloodthirsty chapter in the series, in previous chapters the damage seen is minimal, with maybe a dozen victims to contend with events, here you have hundreds of people fighting for their lives. This is a much bigger, more elaborate, event, yet still filmed with great finesse.

The cast perform amazingly, and even tough dispatch is often brief, you feel thee is enough character development for each and every character. Even the character of John Sponge (a child entertainer who bares a resemblance to Spongebob Squarepants), has some great development.

Rec 3 is a great movie, a zom/com/romance on the grandest scale, a film that will make you laugh, almost bring you to tears, and proof that on your wedding day the only thing you truly need to bring is a suit of armor, and a chainsaw.

Spencer Hawken @Views From The Edge

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