I thought REC was a good Zombie movie. Filmed from the point of view of a TV news cameraman, Pablo, who follows around Angela, the news reporter, as she documents the night-shift life of firemen at the local metropolitan fire department in Spain. A crew is called out for a routine emergency at an apartment building in order to deal with what seems like a seriously ill woman locked in her apartment. After they get there, they are joined by some police officers, and it soon becomes clear that things are much worse than they anticipated when one of the them is attacked by the old woman.
The whole gang, and the residents within, are locked inside by other police and the military, and told that there is a highly dangerous, contagious, virus in the building, infecting people through saliva. All the while, this is documented by the ever recording camera man, and as things go from bad to undead, we see it all firsthand.
Normally I try to watch originals before watching remakes, but this time I watched Quarantine first, and I can saw that REC was much better. The look and feel of the flick was very believable, meaning it really had the feel of people naturally doing their thing – it din’t appear scripted at all. I think the filmmakers did a good job.
This Blair Witch Project meets the Undead Zombies of Spain flick is a great ride and very suspenseful, and better than the instant U.S. remake Quarantine.
I have pondered the lesson to be learned from the film, as I do from time to time – lessons that can better prepare me for the Inevitable Zombie Apocalypse. Here I have learned several. First: If you discover that you are trapped in a building with no way of escape and there are Infected Zombies inside, you’re screwed. Second: Use the camera as an opportunity to record your last will and testament. That may save your heirs the headache of probate. Although there is the added difficulty that in the event that you escape, they may not consider you dead and therefor you will still be a property owning Zombie. More on that at another time.
So, good flick. Plausible and believable acting. Good, original story.