[Rec] 2 (2010)

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Critic Consensus: It lacks the surprising jolt of the first installment, but [REC] 2 almost maintains the original's chilling momentum -- and proves not all horror sequels were made equal.


Movie Info

The highly anticipated sequel to one of the scariest films of all time, "[REC] 2" picks up 15 minutes from where we left off, taking us back into the quarantined apartment building where a terrifying virus has run rampant, turning the occupants into mindlessly violent, raging beasts. A heavily armed SWAT team and a mysterious government official are sent in to assess and attempt to neutralize the situation. What they find inside lies beyond the scope of medical science -- a demonic nightmare of … More

Rating: R (for strong bloody violence, disturbing images and pervasive language)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Special Interest
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Manu Diez
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On DVD: Jul 14, 2009
Box Office: $27.0k
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for [Rec] 2

All Critics (68) | Top Critics (12)

Multiplying the video-cams only dilutes the effect. Better to stick with one perspective. And see [Rec] first.

Full Review… | July 23, 2010
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Bloodthirsty zombies come out to play to diminishing effect in this DIY-style Spanish horror sequel.

Full Review… | July 13, 2010
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Frantic from the get-go, this new crop of zombie bait barrels through shadowy hallways and fends off waxen, emaciated attackers with such hysterical speed it's impossible to know -- or care -- whose face has just been chomped.

Full Review… | July 9, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

The shaky camera work (and explosive gore) can get literally nauseating. But when the characters' cameras run low, and the screen goes black? That's the scariest thing of all.

Full Review… | July 9, 2010
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Unlike so many sequels, [REC] 2 builds nicely on the ideas introduced first time around; in particular, the nature and history of the disease, only touched on in the original, are explored much more fully here to chilling effect.

July 8, 2010
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Where the first [REC] was a jump-and-scare flick that put you in the victim's point of view, [REC]2 takes things a little further.

Full Review… | September 10, 2013
7M Pictures

Audience Reviews for [Rec] 2

[Rec] 2 is awesome! It picks up literally right after [Rec] left off. The focus is on a SWAT team going into the apartment to help an official get what he needs to end the quarantine, as well as rescue any survivors. The original [Rec] left us with the notion that the virus was started because of occult practices. In [Rec] 2, that idea is played on in great detail.
The action feels bigger as well. Instead of one camera, each SWAT member is equipped with a camera on their helmet, and the action cuts in between them. This is a brilliant decision, because it allows the film to feel bigger while keeping the concept the same.
Loose ends from the first are tied up as well. We find out what happened to the journalist from the first film, and we get to see the origin of Medeiros' powers.
[Rec] 2 is the sequel that does justice to [Rec] while taking the series in a whole new direction. No small feat, since I consider [Rec] to be one of the best horror films ever made! [Rec] 2 is filled with suspense, and some of the scariest scenes I've seen in a long time.

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Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

I hated the direction this movie went. In REC it was supposed to be an infection right? Like rabies? Then they go in a completely different direction off course and start with something about a demonic possession. I didn't like it at all. It wasn't even that scary and it had too many plot holes to take seriously. It was nothing like the original REC and I thought it was really stupid. Especially the whole thing with the priest and the little girl who was allegedly possessed. Really stupid plot. I thought they were going to tie up loose ends from the first film, but instead they created a bigger mess for the audience to figure out. REC didn't even need a sequel anyway.

Japes
Japes .

Super Reviewer

Man. During the 30 minutes I thought this was going to be one of those rare occasions in which the sequel is better than the original. The scares were much more wisely paced & it looked as though they were beginning to make an interesting comment on the messy intersection of science & religion.
Yet, as it began to get closer to the second act, the film descended into one preposterous scenario after the next. One particular scene involving a firework is so stupid that I am surprised it survived the final cut.
While I appreciate that they tried to tie in the various narratives, they ended up sucking any ounce of realism out of the film. And when you have no realism, the "found footage" gimmick ceases to be scary. It looks as though my journey with this franchise ends here. Which is sad, because it had a lot of potential.

axadntpron
Reid Volk

Super Reviewer

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