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"Zombieland" and possibly "Shaun of the Dead" aside, this isn't a genre with a lot of life in it.
Plaza throws in more than enough ludicrous touches of his own to grab viewers by their arteries and never let go.
With slapstick smothering the scares, "[REC 3]" is further marred by a plot in which the muted Catholicism of its antecedents is turned up to full blast.
Like vampires, this genre is getting deadly.
It's hard to maintain dread while the filmmakers are so obviously grinning at their own cleverness.
Giddy shots of the undead slogging through a decimated party-scape materialize the decadence and instability of upper-crust family life, even as groom and (pregnant) bride prepare to give birth to another generation of the Spanish elite.
The religious element of the narrative is amplified. As a result, seeing the second film, in which this connection is revealed, goes a long way in explaining some of the occurrences.
A worthy effort in the series and a nice twist on the first two.
Offers some dark laughs, bloody kills, and moderate thrills.
Well, bite me, if this movie didn't suck.
Like with the previous films, you can expect lots of blood and gruesome kills, but after a while, you come to the realization that the filmmakers aren't doing anything new with the series, turning this into a rather perfunctory exercise.
It is hard to believe that the subjective camera is dropped for no reason after the first act, and this "prequel" (huh?) is so outrageously bad that it becomes great to laugh about with friends. The result is possibly the best comedy and worst movie of the year - simultaneously.
[Rec] 3: Genesis will appeal more to fans of grindhouse horror more so than fans of the first two [Rec] films.
The reason for this is because director Paco Plaza has completely changed the tone. He eschews the found footage style 30 minutes in for the more traditional aesthetic. Where its predecessors relied on atmosphere, this one relies on gore. Where the first two films built fear and suspense, [Rec] 3 offers B-movie action, humour, and romance. It does tie in with the previous two, but it also introduces completely new characters.
I liked the main wedding couple, Koldo and Clara. I cheered when Clara gets fed up with her wedding party guests attacking her as zombies and whips out the chainsaw in her dress. I love how Koldo frantically searches for Clara dressed as a knight in shining armor (the metal protects him from bites).
It certainly has its moments as mindless bloody fun. But for a franchise that was so legitimately scary, this feels like a step back, as its really a [Rec] film in name only.
Considering that the first two Rec films were refreshing horror films in the documentary/found footage genre, this third entry lacks substance and visceral punch that have made the first films standout in the horror game in the last few years. This entry on the other hand just leaves fans wanting more, and the film relies on previously explored shocks that we've seen before, therefore the film becomes routine, and a bit tiresome. I was really looking forward to watching the film, but it didn't grab my attention like the first two did. I think it's a great shame because among the more modern horror films, Rec was something unique, refreshing and genuinely frightening, but here, we come to know how things will play out, and it feels overdone, and not worth your time. Rec 3 is a mediocre film, one that can only appeal to the most diehard genre fans, and even then, they'll feel as if the film lacked in delivery. There could have been many ways how the film could have turned out, many ideas that haven't been explored. Unfortunately, we get a film that just tries to do the same thing again, and in doing so, we lose interest in enjoying the film. Rec 3 had the potential of being a fine third entry in the trilogy, and it could really have stood out among the other two, but this one just goes to show that the screenwriters are running out of good ideas for an effective, shocking and thrilling horror picture. If you're expecting something like the first two films in the series, you'll be disappointed, and I'm saying this as someone who greatly enjoyed those films. This film does have gory moments and a few minor thrills, but it ends up being too little too late, and the rest of the film is quite mediocre because, the film doesn't try to do anything really exciting, and the material is more of the same, and in the case of films like this, it doesn't work.
Generic, unoriginal splatter fest that is good for occasional jolts.
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