Thursday, July 26, 2012
[REC] 3 Genesis (2012)
The [REC] series has now become one of my favorite horror franchises. With an incredible two films already under its belt, it is poised to be the next great horror franchise among hardcore fans. When part 3 was announced, and that the fine filmmaking duo of Paco Plaza and Jaume Balaguero would be trading off directing duties in parts 3 and 4, I was curious and excited to see were they would take the series next. Part 2 packed one hell of a wallop and its take on the infection/zombie sub-genre was game changing. So does Paco Plaza's solo effort stack up? Read on.
The first 20 minutes of the film is spent documenting the wedding day of Koldo and Clara, one of the best looking couples you've ever seen (they're hot Spaniards after all). Multiple family friends are filming that day's festivities and we're introduced to pretty much everyone in both wedding parties. These early goings do a fine job of introducing us to the characters before the mayhem hits. Particularly we latch on to Koldo and Clara, a couple deeply in love and devoted to each other. One really great moment captured on camera is at the end of their ceremony as both wedding parties break into song. YouTube material here folks.
We're then whisked away to the reception, located on a sprawling beautiful estate on a hillside that is some distance from where they were married. A perfect setting for a bloodbath. Celebrations continue at the large reception hall and the party gets into full swing. But things come to a screeching halt when the uncle of the groom falls from the railings of the 2nd story within the hall and crashes onto a table below. He gets up and promptly bites the nearest reception goer and all hell breaks loose.
And that's all I'm going to discuss about the plot itself as I don't want to give too much away. I just want to comment on a couple of other elements that bloggers and fans of the films have wondered a loud about. As suggested by the trailer, the film does move from found footage to a more traditional narrative. This is done after our first 20 min or so and in such a brilliant way that the transition is seamless. There are other bits throughout the film that show events from the perspective of a camera (i.e. the security cameras at the estate) but for the most part, it follows a standard flow.
Secondly, there is a huge shift in tone after the camera is ditched compared to the first two films (think Dead Alive). It's completely unexpected but no less fun and entertaining. I see this as potentially being the biggest obstacle among viewers but I think it's pulled off extremely well. And as the name would infer, the mythos started in part 2 is expounded upon and again, adds another interesting element that makes me curious to see how it will play out in subsequent films.
[REC]3 is not what I expected but it was hell of a lot of fun. When Clara rips her wedding gown and grabs the nearest chainsaw, you can't help but crack a smile as a full-on gorefest ensues. One of my tops of the year.
Cortez the Killer