June 6, 2010...6:45 pm

Review: REC 2

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It was difficult to imagine where writer-director Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza would go with a second REC film. More bloodthirsty humans ripping the healthy apart? Yes, but of course, there has to be more to it and REC 2 has just that; something that expands on the original story providing some novelty while keeping the assets of the original in play.

REC 2 opens right where the first film left off, with poor Ángela Vidal (Manuela Velasco) being dragged into the darkness after a hellish experience during which everyone in a Barcelona apartment building is turned into or mauled by a rabid human being. After losing contact with a health inspector sent in to investigate the situation, a new unit is assembled. A small SWAT team accompanies a Ministry of Health official in hopes of ending the predicament. The group safely makes it to the penthouse where it’s revealed that the health official isn’t with the ministry at all; he’s a priest investigating demonic possessions, not viruses.

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