Angela Vidal is a local TV newsreporter who’s visiting the fire department when a call comes in that the firemen have to go to an appartment building to help the cops knock down a door as seemingly strange noises have been heard there. Angela and her cameraman decide to tag along in the hopes to find something spectacular for their show but when the door gets opened, an old woman jumps out and bites one of the firemen. It appears the woman is a zombie and with her bite she’s spread a vicious virus that’s hard to escape from and when it becomes clear that the building is locked down and completely isolated from the outside world, all hell breaks loose for the camera crew, the firemen and the cops…
Sound and Vision:
The movie is filmed with a handheld camera which adds to the realism of the story but this does go with comprimises on the image quality. Things look quite unnatural, there’s plenty of grain present and the overall sharpness also isn’t so great. Still, this is intentionally done to add to the tension.
The 5.1 soundtrack is nice but for once doesn’t help the realism.
The last couple of years we’ve seen multiple movies that are filmed with handheld cameras. Just think of Cloverfield, Diary of the Dead or The Blair Witch Project. [REC] does it much the same way and the Spanish makers have looked carefully to not make mistakes which results in quite a terrifying movie that does exactly what it’s supposed to do: scare!
Unless you really hate European (or horror) movies, [REC] is definitely a horror film you should certainly give this one a try. It’s not without reason that the movie has received multiple awards and praise all over.