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Review: [REC]³ Génesis

So it's not in the same building block as [REC] 1 and 2, so what? They ditch the found footage angle at times, who cares? The mayhem in [REC]³ Génesis is amped way up to 11 with so many zombies rushing about that you shouldn't care. Festival Director of Toronto After Dark, Adam Lopez, quelled my worries by telling me to check my expectations of what a [REC] movie should be at the door. Expect horror, expect zombies, but also expect romance and comedy. Purists may not agree with this change, but it's not such a change in tone to make it feel so far removed from the films before it. I mean we're talking fucking zombie-demons people! Spoilers, by the way. If you haven't seen the first two and didn't know this, I'm not telling too much anyway.

For the uninitiated, the series starts with a news crew following a bunch of firemen in Spain to a building that has just had an alarm, only to get quarantined in by the government. Anyone who tries to escape is shot. That's probably the better way to go because getting eaten by a zombie has to be one of the worst. The sequel takes place in the exact same building as the first, only you get more details about the virus that the government is so strict about containing. Turns out this zombie plague has a bit of a demonic bent. Génesis carries this forward, but it's not the focus. It focuses on a relationship and the zombies are simply a problem in the way of the lovers.

[REC]³ Génesis is set at a wedding -- still in Spain, subtitled! Aghast! Like the Paranormal Activity movies, Paco Plaza (director) wanted to have a good reason, I'm sure, to have cameras filming this holy union -- with the unholy soon to come. Like the Paranormal Activity movies, the gimmick is getting a bit stale. I'm not sad to see it go. Why? Because the story of the love birds trying to find one another once the zombies arrive in the palatial estate where they're hosting their reception is engaging, farcical, and I really did find their need to find one another a plot device I could root for. C'mon, it's love people! Are you so dead inside, like the zombies, that everything in the series must be all frights? Evil Dead 1, scary. Evil Dead 2, goofy. Army of Darkness, schlock. One day you'll look back and see [REC]³ for the amusing zombie movie that it is.

[REC]3 GENESIS was featured on October 20, 2012 as part of the Toronto After Dark Film Festival.


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