Friday, October 23, 2015

"[REC] 4: Apocalypsis" (2014)

For those wondering if the “[Rec]” franchise would ties up all the loose ends and explain the demonic background of its biological threat as it draws to is “Apocalypsis,” the answer is, no. To be sure we get back to the story revolving around TV hostess Angela Vidal, and we get to see whatever came of that last shot of the second film. But, most of the demonic/religious overtones are glossed over. Not forgotten, just not expanded at all.

This fourth installment is a straight continuation of part two (and together with the first film we really have a three pat act here), but the atmosphere is completely different. And not just because they are on a boat and not trapped in the building anymore. The feel is different, less tense, and there doesn’t seem to be as much danger. There aren’t as many zombie attacks, and everyone seems to be able to arm themselves pretty well.

In the end there is an attempt at some surprising twist, but it isn’t all that surprising. And, the most disappointing thing is the way this story just devolves into a typical run-from-the-monsters plot, especially the way it started out looking to new, religious, nature-of-good-and-evil ideas for its backstory.

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