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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Diego Martin
Leticia Dolera.
Directors
Paco Plaza.
Screenwriters
Paco Plaza
Luiso Berdejo.
Running Time
80 minutes

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[•REC] 3: Genesis
The Wedding Gnashers


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Plot
Clara (Dolera) and Koldo (Martín) are celebrating their nuptials with a ballroom full of friends, family and distant relatives that no one likes. Unfortunately, one uncle is nursing a recent dog bite which is causing some strange symptoms. Once he’s vomited blood over some guests, and bitten a few more, the reception if officially over and the film has just begun.


Review
[•REC] 3: Genesis
Dumping the camcorders 20 minutes in for a slick, gore-’toon style, Paco Plaza’s prequel to the Spanish infection saga sees the franchise mutate into trashy pastiche. This time the outbreak explodes in broad daylight at a wedding, with the bride (Leticia Dolera) and groom (Diego Martin) separated by a mob of contaminated guests. By the time Dolera turns bridezilla, gown ripped and chainsaw juddering, it’s clear what Plaza’s really up to: paying lurid homage to the ’80s Euro gorefests of Lamberto Bava and Dario Argento. It’s too busy smirking at itself to be anywhere near scary, but it’s hard to hate a movie featuring death by salsa blender.


Verdict
Paco Plaza’s third REC film follows the same format as the rest, but the early franchise frights are missing. There’s some ironic light-heartedness in the nuptial set, the religious overtones are distractingly self-conscious.


Reviewed by Simon Crook

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Finally - An appropraite [REC] review from Empire!

I love the in the order they were made. The third-person cinematic view crushed my heart more than the frightful attempt to make it scary. Clearly, the two spanish directors have lost sight of the classic they made, and now attempt to throw as many tricks, including gore, at the camera for a rollicking 80 minutes. So the gore in affective - if you're in Zombieland - and now, the has been ruined. It's lost all sight of realism. First the confusing and infuriating combination of virus' and demon... More

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Posted by YouWillBeUnprepared at 00:09, 30 November 2012 | Report This Post


RE: A gorylicious prequel

I actually really enjoyed this. Obviously not a patch on 1 and 2, but I thought it expanded the world a bit more and worked well as a prequel. I thought the opening 20 minutes in the handheld format worked well to set up the characters so that they still seemed like real people when we switched to a more traditional film. Also, I probably shouldn't have found a bloodied bride wielding a chainsaw to be as hot as I did. And the hearing aid payoff was great too. ... More

Posted by jcthefirst at 13:07, 30 October 2012 | Report This Post


RE: A gorylicious prequel

Rec and Rec 2 are a couple of my favourite horrors and I was hoping for more big things from the third entry. The first managed relentless terror throughout which was sustained in a superb sequel, while also managing to twist things in a way you wouldnt have expected from a standard zombie/infection film. Where does Rec 3 go wrong? Where does it go right..... I wouldnt have minded the nightime/daylight handheld/traditional switcheroos for this film. It may have even avoided the films b... More

Posted by kumar at 15:02, 13 October 2012 | Report This Post


A gorylicious prequel

I dont know why ther is so much hatred for this film! Fair enough its not hand-held camera and its not based around the same subject. Who cares, thats a good thing! This film was a bold move but personally i think it paid of. The mix of hand-held and normal really made t feel more realistic instead of the whole "turn the camera off!" business, at least now we actually go to see all the action! The film is a completely new take on the zombie style and manages to make things comical whil... More

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Posted by jackcarlin18 at 03:11, 02 September 2012 | Report This Post


3d Move Is A Joke

literally, they made it into a comedy. I loved the first two and couldn't believe what i was watching. ... More

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Posted by burtbondy at 10:21, 01 September 2012 | Report This Post


RE:

This is a real shame, since the first 2 are fantastic films, the second really twisting things around very early on. Rec 3 obviously changes the setting, but I wonder if Rec 4 will return as an immediate sequel to 2. I hope film makers can restore it to that level, but ill be checking this out when i can, given 1 and 2 are so great. and scary. ... More

Posted by kumar at 21:07, 27 August 2012 | Report This Post


As a fan of the first 2 REC films when I saw the trailer for REC 3 I was really disappointed. Looks like my assumptions were correct ... More

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