If Rec was a slow burning, intense slice of horror, its sequel, Rec 2 is just an off the rails insane blunder bus of action, mystisism and horror. A shadow of the previous installments former self, Rec 2 begins pretty much as Rec is finishing. Only this time we are following in the shoes of a SWAT team and a bunch of teenagers who all have made their way into the locked down housing block from the previous film. Only both parties soon find out that we are not dealing with an ordinary outbreak, that wouldnt be enough for this off the wall franchise, Rec 2 goes bolders, louder and where very few have gone before and brings the religious elements of demonism into the mix. Its a jolting experience but the film doesnt care, its confident and thrusts it down your throat. As mentioned earlier, this film doesnt potter about with character introductions, oh no, we are flung into the fray, obviously with a SWAT team, carrying heavy weaponary, Rec 2 can afford to go bigger and with multiple cameras, manages to cover more ground than its older brother, it still packs some uncomfortable images and scares but when the ball is rolling its blasting all over the joint, from start to finish. Kills become more creative, you can tell the directors are just having as much fun as they can, one sequence with a firework and an infected's head is quite possibly the highlight. Luckily the film does bring back some characters either mentioned or portrayed in the last film, giving us a sense of attachment to the piece, considering the character development this time around is pretty close to non existent. This is not a film you can jump straight into, nor a franchise for that matter. This time around, each camera is treated differently dependent on the operator. bouncing back and forth from spy cameras, ENG's and hand held, it manages to do a good job of giving each a different feel and managing the thrills around them to an reasonable level. I also applaud the directors for sticking to their guns and trying to really put the entire experience out their, this could have easily been a rehash and one not so great, instead it builds upon its foundations and then some, leaving us bewildered and quite unsettled by the end. It yet again is not without its flaws, some may see the twist in direction a jump too far into uncharted waters, the lack of character from key players is just not there and the ending takes it a step even further with unbelievability. But for all its bizarre tropes, it equally runs wild, not caring and having as much fun doing it as it can. Not for everyone, even horror fans may frown, but for over the top, stupid, gory thrills, this installment ticks the boxes and then some.