[REC] 4: Apocalypse


Main Plot Points:

  • Several hours have passed since the terrible events that ravaged the old building in Barcelona. After the chaos of the first few moments, elite soldiers infiltrated the building to put an end to this nightmare once and for all. They thought the mission was a success.
  • Angela Vidal, the young television reporter who entered the building with the fireman just hours before, manages to make it out alive – but no one knows that within her she carries the seed of the strange infection.
  • When she is taken to quarantine, the high-security isolation facility becomes the perfect breeding ground for the virus to be reborn and mutate into even more deadly forms, setting the scene for unimaginable horrors. The apocalypse has just begun…

What We Thought:

  • I’m a pretty big fan of the [REC] movies, which is what makes [REC] 4: Apocalypse so disappointing.
  • The first three films (and especially the first two) proved that found footage movies could actually be good, and they were tense, taut horror movies that really worked. Even the third film, while not quite a stood as the first two, offered up some good fun.
  • This new film, however, despite seeing the return of the writer/director of the original film, just doesn’t work for some reason. While I’m not complaining that they ditched the found footage format (which I’ve never liked), it just doesn’t really feel like a [REC] film.
  • Even worse than that, though, the film is just kind of boring. I liked seeing the return of some of the main characters who were absent from the third film, but moving the setting to a boat and introducing a bunch of bland new characters didn’t do anything to improve the film.
  • In short, while the first three [REC] films make up a perfect horror trilogy, this new one just feels like an afterthought.

Special Features:

  • There are no special features.

Notable Cast & Crew:

  • Manuela Velasco
  • Paco Manzanedo
  • Hector Colome
  • Ismael Fritschi

Recommended if You Like:

  • The other [REC] movies, I guess
  • Zombie flicks