Co-creator Jaume Balagueró directs the final installment of the [Rec] horror quadrilogy in [REC] 4: Apocalypse
by Stephanie Joyce
Angela Vidal, the sole survivor/report from the first [Rec] movie, wakes in a high-security quarantine boat facility ran by army scientists. Of course, like the other three movies, the events take place in Spain, but this version is somewhere off-shore. Be forewarned, if you’re a huge fan of monkeys, you may not enjoy all the different ways these fast, rabid-looking animals get attacked and mutilated in Rec 4: Apocalypse. What’s a person to do when these “28-Days Later”-esque creatures come at you with a ferocious quickness? Get a small boat rudder and make monkey smoothies!
It seems that the film-makers have an ongoing theme of mad scientist doing the Devil’s work in these movies. And there were several things I enjoyed about this fourth installment. Several members taken aboard the ship wake-up with no memory of where they’ve been, but we know from early-on that there are cameras everywhere on the vessel. And you’re not sure if the cameras are always filming to see where the guests are at all times or to keep a watchful eye on whatever experiments escape from the cabins further below the ship. One of the moments I enjoyed was where Angela has a dream that a monster larvae was growing inside her in a slightly provocative fashion.
Angela (Manuela Velasco) spends a lot of the movie figuring out what’s going and is dressed very much like Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley from the Alien franchise. But Sigourney Weaver she is not and the monsters are not as captivating as in the Alien series, but there are some gross-you-out and gory moments that use some interesting items as weapons… Like the aforementioned boat rudder. Angela needs help dispatching the monsters with the help of military men like the very ruggishly-handsome Lucas (Cripulo Cabezas). And just when you think they might have a romantic scene together, Lucas more like a parasite uses its prey than a normal display of affection. But I think it works given the plot-points we are clued-in on along the way…
If you’re in the mood for gore, rabid-crazed zombie monkeys and military men, look no further than Rec 4: Apocalypse. Heck, watch it on a boat if you own one for maximum affect as you can act out the final scenes of the movie like the protagonists are “abandon ship” when all hell breaks loose on-board. Just try not to watch Friday the 13th, Piranha or Sharktopus directly afterwards. 😉
[Rec] 4: Apocalypse
Directed by Jaume Balagueró
Screenplay by Jaume Balagueró, Manu Díez
Cast: Manuela Velasco, Paco Manzanedo, Héctor Colomé, Ismael Fritschi, Críspulo Cabezas and Mariano Venancio
Run Time: 95 minutes
Release Date: In theaters January 2, 2015