DVD Review: [REC] 4: Apocalypse
Paco Plaza and Jaume Balagueró, the co-directors of Spanish Zombie horror [REC] 1 & 2 deciderd to go their own ways with Plaza directing the blood soaked open spaces and often humourous wedding setting for [REC] 3 Genesis, and now Balagueró picking up the helm and taking everything back to the claustrophobic tensions that made the first two so good. The film kicks off as an elite squad enter the apartment building (right at the conclusion of [REC]2) to eliminate any remaining threats and place explosives to clean up any evidence. But whilst leaving the apartmentone of the squad members hears a voice and manages to rescue the reporter, who was the only survivor.
We then cut to the reporter – Ángela – strapped to a gurney in a lab. But this is no traditional medical facility, nope, this is a hastily set up lab on a ship – the ultimate quarantine option, especially as all life rafts have been taken off. Whilst this makes sense from a containment point of view, it makes for a heart pounding, claustrophobic experience if anything were to go wrong… which of course it does.
But it’s not just Ángela who has been forced aboard the vessel, the two surviving squad members and lone wedding survivor are also there. Along with, of course a small army to protect the scientists in case anything unexpected happens.
I don’t want to go much more into the story-line, but suffice to say that it has some unexpected twists, and is full of the adrenaline fueled excitement of the first two films as Ángela once again finds herself trying to out run a growing number of zombies whilst having no where to escape to.
If you like a tight controlled zombie environment, with a fast paced storyline, and plenty of splatter, then this final installment in the [REC] franchise will make even the most jaded zombie fan happy.