The action continues from [Rec], with the medical officer and a SWAT team outfitted with video cameras are sent into the sealed off apartment to control the situation.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
REC 2 starts almost immediately after the events that took place in the first film, and follows members of the S.W.A.T. team going to the apartment complex from the first film. Equipped with video cameras, they go in to find any remaining characters, and find the antidote to the virus that is spreading. We also follow a group of teenagers who end up finding their way in too. We see both vantage points, including the horror that both teams face. The way this film is shot is breathtaking. In the first film, we had only one perspective from a TV camera. In this film, the S.W.A.T. team uses cameras that can link to mini cameras so that when one of the characters is on his own we can see what’s going on. Some may feel this doesn’t keep the realism, but I feel it does. Law-enforcement men take cameras with them all the time, and if you were a kid going into the apartment to see what’s going on, naturally you would have a camera. In terms of a technical achievement, REC 2 definitely brings it up a level.
Then, it drops the material down a level with the dull predictable attack-scenes, which seemed to follow exactly the same formula each time, the slightly ridiculous decision to go down the purely “exorcist”-esque route, the lack of a more-detailed plot just kills everything that could and should have been good about this film. The ending “shock” is horrifically predictable (yeah it’s really believable that the former lead just got away from the infected girl who so easily dragged her into darkness at the end of REC), and with the ending meaning the “demon” successfully got out of the building it’s difficult to see what direction the film can go in without it being completely different from the first two. Presumably something to do with the two kids who appeared to survive having been locked in the room by SWAT.
The DVD comes with deleted scenes, featurettes and film festival footage. The A/V Quality is strong enough for a movie that is supposed to look like portions were shot on a camcorder. However, I’m still left feeling like the film could’ve been a tad more developed. The Dolby 5.1 soundtrack is pretty flat with parse definition across all channels. This makes all dialogue very muffled and muddy. In the end, I’d recommend a rental.