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[Rec] 2 (2009)

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 68
Fresh: 48 | Rotten: 20

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.

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Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 6

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.

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Picking up just a few short minutes after the first film left off, Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza's adrenalized action horror sequel follows a heavily armed SWAT team and a tight-lipped medical officer as they venture into the quarantined tenement building to uncover the origins of the bizarre outbreak. Their helmet-mounted cameras capturing every nerve-shredding moment of the mission, the team must fight for their lives when they're beset by rampaging victims of the demonic virus. Now, with

Jul 14, 2009

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All Critics (68) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (48) | Rotten (20) | DVD (2)

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

July 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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Bloodthirsty zombies come out to play to diminishing effect in this DIY-style Spanish horror sequel.

July 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

July 9, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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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.

July 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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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
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The mayhem, efficiently maintained for a just-right 84 minutes, makes [REC] 2 strictly for horror fans.

July 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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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.

September 10, 2013 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Not as fresh or frightfully exciting as the first film, but certainly scary, occasionally inventive and almost always enjoyable.

January 29, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
IGN DVD

The film gets a lot of mileage from its concept of seeing things only through the soldiers' helmet-mounted cameras, but the plot also develops in some surprising directions.

September 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com
Scene-Stealers.com

It doesn't quite maximise the potential of all of its ideas, but it nonetheless provides a horror experience that's up there with the best of recent years...

February 3, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

Not as good as its predecessor, but only a notch below making it an enjoyable and honorable sequel.

August 13, 2010 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

Rather than trying to up the ante laid down by its predecessor, it simply picks up where that film left off (at the precise moment it left off, in fact), and continues doing many of the things that movie did so well.

July 30, 2010 Full Review Source: DCist

A mediocre third-generation copy of an idea that wasn't very new to begin with, and the addition of a supposedly rational explanation to the mix proves more hindrance than help.

July 20, 2010 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Fast and violent, with feral demon kids and a surplus of imaginative restatements of the genre's best-loved clichés.

July 15, 2010 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

The quality has deteriorated like a dubbed VHS.

July 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Comment (1)
Boxoffice Magazine

It's more of the same, with an Exorcist spin, which isn't inherently a bad thing.

July 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Miss FlickChick
Miss FlickChick

Using the same frenetic pacing and POV shakycam style, [REC] 2 tries to go bigger -- but this time, the gimmicks can seem forced. Still, there's plenty to like...

July 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Approaches the rarified dream logic of the best otherworldly horror films. Call it meta or post-modern or whatever, but once this sucker hits nightvision mode, all bets are off.

July 12, 2010
Parallax View

The original created so much international buzz, who could blame the filmmakers for going the well twice? I can. [REC] 2 is a straight-up money grab so terrible it threatens to ruin the memory of how good [REC] was.

July 11, 2010 Full Review Source: TheDivaReview.com | Comments (2)
TheDivaReview.com

Offers a bevy of first-person scares and moments rife with tension.

July 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

It's still fun, but you feel more like you're watching a movie than taking part in one.

July 9, 2010 Full Review Source: About.com
About.com

Balagueró and Plaza really know what they're doing.

July 9, 2010 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

You'd be advised to forget [REC] 2 even exists. Go watch the original if you've never seen it or even check out Quarantine. You'll be much better off.

July 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Retriever
Movie Retriever

Audience Reviews for [Rec] 2

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.
May 13, 2012
Japes
Japes .

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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.
April 17, 2012
axadntpron
Reid Volk

Super Reviewer

Direct sequel which picks up right where the first one ended... all in the same apartment building again too! But despite the repetitive scenary it's just as creepy and at times scary as the plot adds a new demonic twist on things making this a POSSESSION movie! Gore-wise it's around the same as in the first film, not drenched in the stuff like you'd expect. I'd like to see another sequel for sure but take us out of the damn apartment block!
November 25, 2011
WrenchLT
Lee ?

Super Reviewer

Less about being scary, more about kicking demon ass.
November 16, 2011
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