With Manuela Velasco, Ferran Terraza, Carlos Vicente, Jorge Serrano, David Vert, Pablo Rosso, Vicente Gil, Martha Carbonell

Written by Paco Plaza, Luis Berdejo, Jaume Balagueró
Directed by Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza

Made in Spain, a documentary TV crew spends a night with a firefighting team on their routine activities from hanging around the fire station to going out on call. One such call has them ending up at an apartment building where some residents are encountering some trouble, not of a flaming variety, but a tenant in distress. This soon escalates into a deadly situation when they are attacked by what seems to be a crazed resident, rapidly spiraling into chaos, leading to the building being sealed up with everyone inside. Some amazing tension and extremely creepy moments are created from the camera’s point of view.
This Spanish film took the handheld documentary / handycam video footage scenario and gave it a great spin (just like Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield did). It got a quick and equally effective American re-make in the shape of Quarantine.
One of the critical (and unnecessary) downfalls of the Rec DVD release is the fact that it got dubbed into English (with over-acting voice artists), and on the South African version there is no original Spanish audio option, which would’ve made it far more realistic and engrossing.

4 / B
- Paul Blom

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6 - Volcanic
5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smolder
2 - Room Temperature
1 - Fizzled
0 - Extinguished

A: Multi-Viewing Potential

B: Could Enjoy A 2nd Look

C: Once Should Suffice

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