[REC] (2007) – Review

What starts out as a lethargic, hopeless late-night television broadcast of a fire station without any hesitation is quickly swayed into a night of unsuspected terror. When the fire alarm sounds, TV personality, Angela (Manuela Velasco) and her cameraman Pablo (Pablo Rosso) accompany two firefighters, Manu (Ferran Terraza) and Alex (David Vert) toward the apartment of the distress call.

Upon their arrival, they soon discover the condition of the call is perhaps more severe than what was at first believed. Immediately upon entering the four collide, in the lobby, with the already hysteric residents whom, nerved and on edge, suspect the worst of the screaming woman upstairs. Thereafter—as part of a mysterious health code safety procedure—the four, together with the rest of the building’s inhabitants, are enclosed inside the apartment, forbidden by outside authorities to exit the premises.

 

 

The film is presented in first-person through the lens of Pablo’s camera. Unlike the majority of recent films that share this similar aesthetic, [REC] feels as if unrehearsed. The actors are too to credit for their honest performances that feel believable. The viewer does gain a great sense of the surrounding plight and an even greater sense of panic through the depictive stress in each character’s demeanor. Such suspenseful immersion is quite remarkable considering the film’s genre. However, save for the chemistry between Angela and Pablo, there is never any real characterization.

What is more, given the film’s perspective, it is surprisingly free of any real unbearable nausea while, yet still being effective in its maintaining of a consist, atmospheric urgency.

As [REC] has no score to mention, it relies heavily on its brutal imagery. [REC]‘s display of horrific imagery does make for some, though unsettling, fun, surprising moments. In combination to such imagery, the film’s macabre atmosphere places emphasis on tension by way of quick, relentless pacing.

[REC] is a terrifying film that will certainly test both one’s anxiety and nerves. It is a gruesome, and too, suspenseful affair that certainly must not be missed and may perhaps never forgotten.

9/10

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