REC² (2009) – A Pocket Review

An over the top disappointing sequel to a great movie. After such an intense film as its predecessor, REC² had a lot to live up to. It is understandable that the directors wanted to adapt the plot to make it work on an entirely new live-action movie, however, the plot twist introduced in the beginning was so sudden that threw me off. After that, my eyes started focusing more and more on the problems that were rising as the movie went. When I watch something, I pay attention to mistakes, but if the good points outweigh the bad by a long shot, I tend not to notice them as much. It is like the bad parts are overshadowed by the good ones. This is not the case here.

I must say that I’m disappointed and expected it to at least maintain the tension built from the first installment. The moments that were supposed to be intense are destroyed by how predictable the outcome is. The use of the handheld camera is also not effective. The first movie used it brilliantly to enhance the tension, but in this one it feels more like an actual scripted decision. On top of all that, the characters are also not as interesting or entertaining as in the last movie. Some are very obnoxious, and I just wanted them to die.

I hate to just stay here pointing out every flaw a movie has, so I’ll just mention another technical/script-wise mistake. The dialogue feels unnatural. The first movie used techniques that made conversations feel real and immersive to the viewers. An example would be people talking at the same time, interrupting each other or just speaking before someone else is done talking. In this sequel, dialogue feels robotic. When someone talks another one responds, and that’s how it goes for the entirety of it.

To conclude, I just want to say a few things. The point of a sequel is to bring something new from the original, it does that. The point is to also keep you interested in what’s to come, it doesn’t do that. After watching this new installment, I have no interest in continuing to the 3rd and 4th one.

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