[REC]4: Apocalypse – 3 out of 5
After watching the movie Quarantine, I learned it was actually an American remake of Spanish film called [REC]. At the behest of my horror nerd girlfriend, we spent a whole night watching the film, the sequel and the third film. Even though I disliked the American version (mostly because of the terrible performance from Jennifer “I only talk out the side of my mouth” Carpenter) I was enthralled with the original. The film was both a possession and a zombie film, it was unlike anything else I’ve seen. The way the film married religious imagery and made a outbreak film that had both science and religious themes working for it was extremely interesting. Even though the sequel wasn’t received well, I like the way the second elaborated on the story, and the expansion it took with the background of the outbreak was very intriguing and made for a lot of scary moments. The third, however, I wasn’t too thrilled about. The film took a more dark comedy route and it felt like the rules of the outbreak were changing and it made for a film that didn’t stand up like the previous two did for me. However, when I heard they were doing a fourth and final film, I was pretty excited.
|And kinda like this picture, an armored officer had to come and calm me down.|
Apocalypse opens during the final moments of the second film and we see the special forces team rescuing doomed reporter Ángela Vidal (Manuela Velasco) from the horrors she suffered through in the first two films. Afterwards, Ángela suddenly finds herself on a cargo ship in the middle of the ocean with an elderly survivor from the third film and the two special forces officers that rescued her; Guzmán (Paco Manzanedo) and Lucas (Críspulo Cabezas). They find out that the ship holds a research crew trying to find a cure for this demonic plague. However, after a test subject escapes (or is released? DUN DUN DUUUNNNN!), the ship quickly becomes overrun with the zombie/demons…but the research team thinks they may have found a way to create a cure after the ship’s communications expert Nic (Ismael Fritschi) restored the footage from Ángela’s camera and it seems that she is infected with the host organism causing this horror. Now the team must do whatever they can to kill the larva in Ángela’s body and stop the beasts that are taking over the ship.
|"This is our communications officer Nic. He told us that he invented Google..."|
|Puberty effects everyone differently.|
|They really should be enlisting the help of the creatures|
of the deep but Aquaman wants to see how this
plays out first.
|If evolution is real, how come there's zombie monkeys? Checkmate!|
|Apparently, Velasco never aged since the 2nd one.|
|And the franchise I'm totally not talking about also made me look like this after|
totally not watching it.
|And they had to work in this scary bitch again, didn't they?|
|His face may look intense but he's really just asking where|
the nearest vending machine is.
|Such an adorable old lady...I knew I'd miss you from the moment the film began.|
[REC]4: Apocalypse might not have been the strongest of endings to a franchise that started so epically but the film isn’t terrible. The story is cool, the mix of horror and action worked well, the characters are tremendously acted, the zombie/demons are still terrifying (and so are the monkeys), it was cool to see that this film was able to incorporate all the films and feel more self-contained than other horror franchises, and seeing Manuela Velasco return once last time to play the plucky reporter was all kinds of neat (and yes, I said neat); however, the film just didn’t feel like it had the punch to be a final outing (it sorta felt like a throwaway sequel that would be somewhere in the middle) and the lack of supernatural element tore itself away from the spirit of the original story and made it look more like a generic zombie tale than something unique. Still, it didn’t disappoint me very much and wasn’t agonizing to watch like the third film was.
|Of course, the film does win points for killing zombies with a motorboat engine.|