'[REC] 4: Apocalypse'
(Manuela Velasco, Paco Manzanedo, Héctor Colomé, et al / DVD / R / 2015 / Sony Pictures)
Overview: The apocalypse has begun as the quarantined virus takes on an even more deadly form setting the scenes for horrors we could only have imagined.
DVD Verdict: In this unique continuing horror saga, television reporter Ángela Vidal (Manuela Velasco) is rescued from the building we last saw her in re: '[REC] 2' and taken to an oil tanker to be examined. However, it is unknown whether it is her who is carrying the seed of the mysterious demonic virus. Not that I'm going to tell you either way here and now if she is, or isn't, but let's just say that all hell breaks loose on that oil tanker, sooner rather than later, that's for sure!
Directed by Jaume Balagueró, '[REC] 4: Apocalypse' is yet another incredibly brilliant chapter in the '[REC]' series and does not slow the pace of the horror down on bit. For all fans of this series, we know that the first one is still widely considered a genre buster, invigorating the hand-held found footage genre. The second one managed to build on the original, while delivering some truly intense moments, but, and in total truth, the intelligence and smartness of those first two films was totally missing in the third installment. A right awful mess, as anyone will tell you, it's best to pretend like it all was a nightmare and never really happened!
The change of setting in '[REC] 4: Apocalypse' to a merchant ship is refreshing and retains the claustrophobic feeling synonyms with the series, captured by cinematographer Pablo Rosso the location feels gritty and real. Ismael Fritschi is also great as Nick the obsessed techie fan of Vidal. It's a nice touch to have characters review the tapes from the other films. Héctor Colomé oozes presence and menace as Dr. Ricarte who wants to experiment on Vidal. The supporting cast are strong a play it straight with touches of dark humor.
In the end, well, I won't give that away, but what I will say is yes, the expected does happen at the end ie: there's a bit of an explanation about what makes the virus and so come the very end, well, we might well be off into '[REC] 5' very soon! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Feature of:
"REC 4: Making Of"