It’s not that I loved all three previous movies. I loved the first; don’t remember much about the second; the third kinda blew. But when REC 4 hit Netflix I immediately put it in my cue, even though I was unsure of its value. I heard a few good comments on it so what the hell? Let’s give it a shot!
The timeline for REC 4 is basically like 2 & 3 have happened simultaneously. Angela, the original TV reporter, is finally rescued at the same time all mierda has hit the fan at the wedding. After her rescue, she wakes up strapped to some kind of medical table. We don’t know where until she escapes and realizes she’s on a ship, along with a crack medical team and their private thug security force. The cop who pulled her from the building is there as well as the captain, navigator, and the communications tech of the boat itself.
A quarantine has been put in place for all of them but that’s not the whole story. Why do they have a lab set up in the bowels of the ship? What secrets are the medical team hiding behind that well guarded door? Why have they cut off all communications and jammed the lifeboats? That doesn’t speak too well of their confidence in keeping the virus off shore permanently.
Unfortunately for us all, we find out the truth soon enough. A few twists and turns, infected monkeys running amok, and the body count keeps rising as the medical team and our survivors try to find a cure while NOT getting infected themselves. Doesn’t work out too well for all of them, naturally, but it’s a fun ride watching them try.
This film follows the basic format of the past three movies: virus is bad ass, its infects one person then another then another until only a handful of people survive. So nothing new and exciting going on here but it’s still fun to watch. Though I don’t like the ‘ending’ because it seems like a cop out and a way to continue to milk the franchise. Lame.
The main characters are all pretty fun. The nameless crack security team and the scientists are really just there as virus fodder. And that’s fine. We can’t really have a run away virus story without hosts, correct? I don’t understand some of the character motivations. If you found out you had the Devil’s parasite in you, wouldn’t you want the doctors to remove it? And why would help an infected person escape?
But that’s getting too technical and it ruins the fun. So I stopped asking. Yes, I talk out loud to the television when I’m home alone.
Over all, it was a fun movie. Good effects, nice tension building, compelling or fun characters. Check it out. You probably won’t regret it.
7 Hatchets (out of 10)
About the Author
Peggy Christie has been writing horror fiction since 1999. Her work has appeared in several websites, magazines, and anthologies, including Necrotic Tissue, Code Z: An Undead Hospital Anthology, Black Ink Horror, Elements of Horror, and Vicious Verses and Reanimated Rhymes. Her short story, “Why Be Normal?”, opened the anthology Reckless Abandon from Catalyst Press which premiered at the Horrorfind Convention in 2002. Her collection, Hell Hath No Fury, was published by Hazardous Press in May of 2013. Peggy is also the Secretary of the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers. She even has her own webpage. Check it out at themonkeyisin.com.
Peggy loves Korean dramas, survival horror video games, and chocolate (not necessarily in that order) and lives in Michigan with her husband and their two dogs, Roscoe P. Coltrane and Dozer.