[Rec] 4 : Apocalypse (2015)

rec_4_apocalypse_poster Alright, well first off, Happy New Year to all of you fine and wonderful folks! It’s a new year, and that means a whole lot of new movies and reviews will be headed your way. Yes, this one was released last year in a few places, but this is North America, and it was officially released here this year. ANYWAYS. Let’s move on shall we? This is [Rec]4 : Apocalypse.

The television reporter Ángela is rescued from the building and taken to an oil tanker to be examined. However, it is unbeknown to the soldiers that she carries the seed of the mysterious demonic virus.

So, this one wasn’t really all that bad. It does fall into the same trap as the third movie, by breaking the format. While the third had a mix of the found-footage and regular formats, this one has completely removed the found footage element. Which, while probably good news for many, honestly took something away from it for me. This one is directed by Jaume Balaguero, one of the directorial pair behind [Rec] and [Rec]2.

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We also get the return of Manuela Velasco as Angela, who apparently survived her ordeal in the first film, that being said though, it doesn’t really make a ton of sense. As far as I can gather, this one happens quite a while after the first movie, and since the initial incident, an entire SWAT team has been through the building. So, the story doesn’t make a ton of sense at least in term of the timeline. That and parts of the story feel pretty clunky, which it really doesn’t need to. It makes sense that details would feel a bit vague in a found  footage film, but when you’re doing a traditional narrative movie, you really are free to give more information about what’s been going on. What happens instead, is all of the detail stays specific to the main characters and the events on the boat. It’s really too bad, this one could have really opened up the world and fleshed out the events.

The actors are pretty good, no especially terrible performances, it just didn’t feel like they had much to do. Manuela’s performance in the first film felt raw and emotional, this time that had been lacking, but it was still pretty nice to see her return to the series.

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All in all this movie didn’t really have a whole lot to give. I was hoping it might really expand the universe, but it just didn’t. It was pretty watchable, and had some intense moments, but all in all just didn’t give me what I had hoped for.

If you’ve seen the other three films, and want to complete the series then definitely check this one out. It’s not bad by any sense, just not quite as good as the earlier films. It does follow the same pattern as many horror franchises do, in the quality declining down around this same point.

I look forward to seeing what the next projects from this director, this one just didn’t give me what I had hoped for.

RATING: **

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