The blood-splattered final instalment of one of the most iconic franchises in contemporary horror – [REC]! And the horror’s about to come full circle, with the series’ original star and director – Manuela Velasco and Jaume Balagueró. But the question is, is it any good?
[REC] 4, Balagueró returns to the main storyline and to the kind of claustrophobic setting where the original really hit the ground running. Removing the cheesiness of [REC] 3, fans should expect a more true to the original version with [REC] 4.
Still with this said the film presents a rather bland experience much like the previous three, a rather lazy attempt to salvage the glimmer of the hope that the film maybe had once upon a time but ultimately failing in it’s end product.
The movie starts up shortly after the events of [REC] 2, when a group of Spanish special forces officers burst into the building and find the lone survivor Angela Vidal (Manuela Velasco). Within a split second and not much explanation for those who may be new to the franchise, Angela wakes up on a ship in the middle of the ocean and the reason for her being there is never explained.
Along with other captives on the boat somehow the virus has been transferred on board and all hell breaks loose, what a surprise!
A motorboat engine kill delivers the only highlight of the movie, while a crate of infected monkeys serve up a poor and quite frankly comedic display.
I’d fully recommend sticking to the first two chapters and pray that the series ends here before they can destroy it any further.