There is personally nothing much more exciting than having a first-person point of view of a demonic possession outbreak with priests and the SWAT involved – a scene that makes me think more of the apocalyptic zombie scenarios that a lot of young adults lust for especially when one has played the Left For Dead franchise. Without needing much of an introduction, REC 2 continues where the first REC left off: intense, fast-paced, and horrifying. With an excellent story line that effectively picks-up on the bits and pieces left from its prequel, REC 2 is personally one of those few sequels that arguably lives up to the hype and excitement of its predecessor.
What is missing from the movie, however, is the usual convention of having a female lead. Instead, we are immersed into the lives of 4 SWAT officers and a doctor priest, Dr. Owen, who are in the quest of obtaining blood samples from the demonic subject, a Medeiros girl. However, just as in the first movie, we see the eventual deaths of all characters in their hopeless quest to find the blood sample for an antidote. To make matters more disturbing, Angela Vidal, thought to have survived her initial attack, is actually the demon using the body as a vessel to the real world.
What is amazing about REC 2 is how we are given a renewed hope of conquering the unknown demonic creature that preyed on the characters in the first REC, including the very vulnerable personalities of Angela Vidal and her cameraman, who can be considered as the foil of the SWAT team. With the emergence of the concept of the knights in shining armor in the persons of the SWAT team and the doctor priest, the audience more or less expects at least a tough fight from this all-star cast against the zombies inside the apartment. However, few chances of hope were immediately extinguished by unfortunate events as the fate of this testosterone-filled “all-star” cast eventually became a hopeless cause similarly seen in the first movie. With this said, we can see how the notion of fate comes in the movie – no matter what we do, no matter who we send, we just can’t do anything about the horrors present in the circumstances in the movie.
For me, REC 2, like REC, also delves deeper than not being able to do anything– especially at how it portrays the monsters in the movie. Like what I have said about the previous REC film, it is as equally horrifying that there are more monsters present in the movie than we know of, especially at seeing how far man will go to protect himself. In the film, we see how the people trapped inside the building, despite their desperate plea for help, were shot at by government and police officials safely destined outside the building. In fact, one can see how the SWAT team sent inside the building were treated merely as pawns, even going further to trick them into thinking that what they were dealing with just a normal everyday scenario that they can easily get out off. From here alone, we see how the “demons” can also transcend from those who are possessed to those who are completely sane and normal – everyday people we confront with.
Just as what we have also discussed in class, the film is able to depict the normal and abnormal coming together. An everyday normal life of a SWAT team is suddenly disturbed by an abnormal force in their everyday operations, a familiar sight turning to a very unfamiliar one. Their situation does not really fit in any of man’s everyday categories, which forces them to quickly adapt in their own ways that will forever scar them in return.
In the end, REC 2 tries to quench our thirst for more, especially when the first installment of the series left us curiously hanging with more questions than answers. Come to think of it, the great thing about the movie is the fact that it actually leaves us in the dark – leaving it to our own creative imagination to think of what is going to happen next in every move made by the characters and eventually in the ending of the movie itself. In this way, the movie does not need an ending – because its “ending” is also a new beginning that induces the creative imagination in our minds.