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‘REC 4: Apocalypse’ Trailer: The Franchise’s Final Chapter

I’m a huge fan of the REC movie series and am holding onto hope that the fourth installment will go back to its roots after the disaster that was REC 3. But let’s start at the beginning.

REC is a Spanish thriller/horror movie series involving handheld shaky camera point-of-view. The first REC started with a genuine story featuring a reporter shooting a news story about the local firemen in her town. While filming, they get a call to rescue some civilians in an apartment. Once there, they find out the whole thing is a lie and the apartment has been quarantined because at least one of the inhabitants are infected with a fatal disease that turns them into zombie-esque monsters.

The story continued to evolve in REC 2 — set in the same apartment as REC 1 only now with a different point-of-view — with the added bonus of the disease and its origins coming into fruition. I supported the first and second but the third — REC 3: Génesis — just wasn’t my cup of tea. (I had to turn it off within 30 minutes, but that’s a story for another time.)

REC 4: Apocalypse begins with the sound effects you may remember from Inception (but I won’t let that stop me) and the original actress from the first two RECs, Manuela Velasco. Trapped on a boat in the middle of nowhere, scientists begin to secure tests upon her because of her “virus” — red flag alert! (What we learned from REC 2 was that it wasn’t a virus at all. It was a possession but now suddenly for the sake of location and direction it’s a virus again? How exactly? Because of the travesty that was REC 3: Génesis? Questions to be answered!)

What follows is the crew of the ship suddenly become “sick” too with the “disease” and those unaffected must attempt to escape within 20 minutes because the ship will most likely… blow up at the end of the time-frame?

The first person shaky cam is out once again. It also seems like the storyline has completely been lost and they’ve decided to take the film into the direction of a simple hack and slash gore-fest (similar to REC 3: Génesis). I’m not against those types of movies (they’re good for any evening, in my opinion) I’m just a bit disappointed. REC 1 and 2 were more than simple “use every weapon imaginable to kill my way through the crowd” types of film. There was mystery and story depth intertwined with good acting. It seems that has been stripped away but maybe I’m jumping ahead too soon. Only time (and more trailers) will tell.

REC 4: Apocalypse will open in the U.S. on January 2, 2015.

Are you a fan of the franchise? Excited, or maybe sad, to see the franchise come to a head?