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Language: English
Category: Movie / Horror / Thriller
Original Title: [REC] 4: Apocalipsis
Director: Jaume Balagueró
Writers: Jaume Balagueró,Manu Díez
Released: 2014
Budget: €3,000,000
Duration: 1h 35min
Video type: Movie
Ángela Vidal, the spunky young television reporter that entered the building in 2007 has exited with the swat team. Little do they know that she carries the seed of the strange demonic infection. She is taken to an oil tanker miles off shore which has been especially equipped for the quarantine...

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Manuela Velasco Manuela Velasco - Ángela Vidal
Paco Manzanedo Paco Manzanedo - Guzmán
Héctor Colomé Héctor Colomé - Dr. Ricarte
Ismael Fritschi Ismael Fritschi - Nic
Críspulo Cabezas Críspulo Cabezas - Lucas
Mariano Venancio Mariano Venancio - Capitán Ortega
María Alfonsa Rosso María Alfonsa Rosso - Invitada Boda (as Mª Alfonsa Rosso)
Carlos Zabala Carlos Zabala - Goro
Cristian Aquino Cristian Aquino - Edwin
Emilio Buale Emilio Buale - Jesu
Paco Obregón Paco Obregón - Dr. Ginard
Javier Laorden Javier Laorden - Médico Auxiliar
Ramiro Blas Ramiro Blas - Sargento
Ferran Terraza Ferran Terraza - Manu
Carlos Lasarte Carlos Lasarte - César

If you watch [Rec] (2007), [Rec]² (2009) and this film back to back without watching the end credits, the three movies would play out as one entire sequence of events.

Tristana Medeiros (the possessed girl who started the outbreak) is the only character to appear in all four films.

Writer/director Jaume Balagueró and his work partner Paco Plaza have announced that there will not be a fifth installment to this series even though the ending of _Rec 4: Apocalypse (2014)_ was left open there will no continuation to the story.

This is the only installment of the franchise that's not filmed as found footage at all (only the beginning of [Rec]³: Génesis (2012) was filmed as found footage).

Most of the film was shot on an actual oil rig ship. Some of the sets had to be recreated from the ship at the studio in order to allow space to film and do stunts.

Comic book artist Charlie Adlard known for his work in The Walking Dead (2010) comics drew a poster for this film's US release, as did Tony Moore for [Rec]³: Génesis (2012).

The only instalment of the franchise where we do not see the possessed girl in person.

The elderly woman on the ship is a survivor of the [Rec]³: Génesis (2012) wedding massacre, although she believes she is still attending the party. She is also Koldo's grandmother.



Reviews: [25]

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    DART-SKRIMER

    The fourth & final instalment in the REC franchise, REC 4: Apocalypse concludes the horror that began in 2007 with REC, which still remains one of the scariest horror flicks ever made, was followed by an inferior yet effective sequel in 2009 before hitting an absolute low with a needless third entry that was more a spin-off than a sequel and replaced the nerve-racking tension of the first two films with elements of comedy to serve as a parody of the series.

    With REC 4, the tense & claustrophobic atmosphere of the first two films makes its return & so does the ever-adorable Manuela Velasco. Set right after the events of REC 2, the story of REC 4: Apocalypse follows Ángela Vidal who after being rescued from the doomed building is taken to a ship, that's miles off the shore, for further examination. However, things are set in motion when a test subject escapes from the lab and ends up infecting the ship crew.

    Co-written & directed by Jaume Balagueró, REC 4 discards the found footage style that was so expertly employed in the first film and replaces it with conventional photography but with that, the effectiveness of those chaotic, frenzy camera-work also diminishes. It still uses the shaky cam technique but it fails to recreate the same chilling vibe of the original. The story isn't compelling enough for a final chapter and what Balagueró has done with Ángela's arc is just absurd.

    Despite picking up the story from where it left off in the second chapter, REC 4 spends too much time in setting up its premise by introducing characters no one gives a damn about, and even when the terror begins, it's all poorly executed. The scares are cheap & ineffective and the film as a whole feels more like a generic action flick than a visceral horror. It's good to have Manuela Velasco back but her character undergoes a sudden transition which never works in the film's favour.

    On an overall scale, REC 4: Apocalypse is definitely a step up when compared to the turd that was REC 3: Genesis, is similar in look & tone to the first two chapters of the franchise and although by no means it is a fulfilling conclusion of the series, there is no denying that it could've been much worse. Failing to completely tie up all the loose ends, leaving a few questions unanswered and utterly devoid of any scares, REC 4 may not be a total disaster but it's still finishes as a forgettable finale.
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    Manemanu

    This follow-up packs a sinister and horrifying atmosphere by means of shaky camera as well as the former Spanish films titled Rec 1 , 2 and 3 . Horror story plenty of suspense , restless terror and in thrilling style . The story starts with an elite squad of soldiers attempting to rescue to the young reporter Angela Vidal (Manuela Velasco) at a Barcelona apartment complex teeming with the victims of a demonic possession virus that has transformed them into vicious killers . After army doctor Guzman (Paco Manzanedo) and soldier Lucas rescue TV reporter Angela Vidal from the apartment building where occurred the viral outbreak and its immediate follow-up occurred , they all find themselves at sea on a ship that's been commandeered as a temporary quarantine . Then the action now takes place miles away from the original location and giving the film an entirely fresh yet disturbing new reality . As Angela Vidal manages to make it out alive , but what the soldiers don't know is that she carries the seed of the strange infection . She is to be taken to a provisional quarantine facility , a high-security installation where she will have to stay in isolation for several days . An old oil tanker, miles off shore and surrounded by water on all sides , has been especially equipped for the quarantine . As our starring Television reporter Ángela is rescued from the building and taken to an oil tanker commanded by Capitán Ortega (Mariano Venancio) to be examined by a medical team run by Dr Ricarte (Héctor Colomé) . However, it is unknown whether it is her who is carrying the seed of the mysterious demonic virus whose origin results to be the possessed girl (Tristana Medeiros is the only character to appear in all four films) who started the outbreak . But the infection has contaminated the tanker and events go wrong . Later on , the ship turns into a nightmare when horrific events take place as some of the crew start showing signs of a strange illness . Also aboard is a little-old-lady wedding guest (Maria Alfonso Rosso) who slept through the third film's massacre, and thus was the only person to survive it . As our protagonists find seamen have been possessed by strange demoniac forces . They are brutally attacked by psycho people ; they soon learn that people on the boat have been infected by something unknown .

    This fast paced and entertaining fourth entry contains familiar faces behind and in front of the camera and with the ordinary living dead virus . Highly engrossing horror , this exciting movie contains noisy action , thrills , chills and loads of blood and gore . The film was well produced by Julio Fernandez and Castelao Pictures, and co-written by Balaguero and Manu Diez . This is the only installment of the franchise that is not filmed as found footage at all and it took 8 months to film and only 3 to edit . Picking up where the first sequel ended — with a desultory nod to "Rec 3's" underwhelming wedding-party digression — this supposedly final though none-too-conclusive chapter . This sequel to one of the highest earning horror movies of the last years titled ¨Rec¨ is realized in similar premise to original and displays a good cast such as Manuela Velasco , Paco Manzanedo , Mariano Venancio and special mention for recently deceased Héctor Colomé as Dr. Ricarte . And Maria Alfonso Rosso as the elderly woman on the ship is a survivor of the Rec ³: Genesis (2012) wedding massacre , although she believes she is still attending the party . This stirring terror picture displays horrific scenes , drama , action, suspense, and results to be quite entertaining . The frightening as well as scary story begins well and grows more and more until a surprising finale . The horror moments are compactly made and fast moving . The origins of the demonic outbreak are explained in the graphic novel ¨Rec : Untold Stories¨ , released alongside "Génesis" in Europe . In a clever twist that draws together the plots of the first three movies, this fourth part of the saga also works as a decoder to uncover information hidden in the first two films . The movie is a great sequel as well as a parallel story to the events of ¨Rec¨ , as the writers provide a well-knit plot with mystery and horror, giving full rein to Jaume Balaguero natural talent for the terror genre .

    Most of the film was shot on an actual oil rig ship , some of the sets had to be recreated from the ship at the studio in order to allow space to film and do stunts . Appropriate cinematography by Pablo Grosso , series's usual , and atmospheric musical score by Arnau Bataller fitted perfectly to action . The flick was nicely produced by the chairman of Filmax and Castelao Productions , Julio Fernandez who along with his brother Carlos Fernandez are two successful producers and experts on Horror genre , producers of hits as ¨The machinist¨ ,¨ Fragiles¨, ¨Darkness¨, and many others . The picture was professionally directed by Jaume Balaguero . Balaguero along with Paco Plaza are the main Spanish filmmakers expert on terror cinema , both of whom have realized the box-office big successes such as these ¨Rec 1¨ , ¨Rec 2¨, stumbling with third entry ¨Rec¨ 3 , but the original is far superior , it did good biz in territories already infected by the earlier fright flicks . It's an entertaining terror and sometimes graphically gory and turns out to be an acceptable attempt to cash in the Zombie sub-genre .
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    X-MEN

    After watching an awful and even ridiculous REC 3 I must admit I didn't expect anything about this movie, the original idea of a zombie attack had been replaced by a stupid demon attack you could control by praying but this movie brought back the fear and the despair of a movie I consider one of my favorites. REC 4 was such a surprise because I really felt what only the first movie made me feel, that's fear. Maybe most of you won't agree with me but I can assure you this movie is much better than the previous one, at least worth a watch. Plus the acting of Manuela Velasco is great as always and the idea of developing the movie aboard a ship makes you think you have no other choice than to fight and try to survive as long as you can. I give 8 stars out of 10.
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    playboy

    REC 4 opens as army doctor Guzmán (Paco Manzanedo) and soldier Lucas (Críspulo Cabezas) rescue TV reporter Ángela Vidal (Manuela Velasco) from the apartment block where the original movie took place. The trio are put on a quarantine ship where scientists conduct experiments into creating an antivirus. However, the true nature of the infection means that it isn't long before the survivors are running for their lives from drooling, crazed, flesh-hungry 'zombies'.

    Part 3 of the REC series had quite a lot of detractors, but I enjoyed it for its refreshing change in approach, which saw the introduction of a touch of humour and a lot more splatter. REC 4: Apocalypse is a return to the dark, claustrophobic atmosphere of the first two films (but thankfully, with minimal found footage style camera-work); as such, it will be seen as a welcome case of 'back to basics' by many, but to me it felt very predictable, and, as a result, less satisfying. I also found the gore lacking and was surprised by how few scares there were.

    Oh well, at least director Jaume Balagueró had his heroine strip to a tight white vest and got her good and sweaty for the finalé (sometimes, it's the simple things in life).

    5.5 out of 10, generously rounded up to 6 for IMDb.
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    Tebei

    (TIFF'14 Intro) The film premiered as part of the midnight madness lineup. Jaume Balagueró and Manuela Velasco introduced the movie. Velasco announced that this would be her first time watching the movie as well. Balagueró thanked a bunch of people involved and restated that this is the final movie in the series, and effectively ends the story.

    (Review) I'm a huge fan of the first two Rec movies. The first one is 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 and hitting all the high marks. They were intelligent, smart films, a rarity in horror movies. However, Rec 3 was a truly awful mess and thankfully not really canon (you can pretend it never happened). While directors Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza collaborated on both Rec 1 and 2, they decided to split up directorial duties among the last two films. After sitting through a painful viewing of Plaza's Rec 3, I could only conclude that the talent and potential gleamed in the first two films must lay with Balagueró. With that in mind, I had pretty high expectations for Rec 4.

    The movie opens (seemingly) moments after the end of Rec 2. The apartment building returns to set up the script before the film shifts to the interior of a cramped oil tanker, with hardly any transition. It is by doing this that Balagueró masterfully switches out one claustrophobic stage for another, without ever giving the audience a moment of relief, or the characters, any reprieve. After a slow-burn first act, the action kicks into high gear as we are told the hope for saving, or destroying the virus lies on that oil bunker. Balagueró is a true horror movie buff, and Rec 4 is littered with references from all over the genre: movies (Aliens, RE, Deep Impact) and games (RE Revelations). Speaking of the horror movie elements, the zombie/demons look and sound more authentic than ever. And as for the new entry in the enemy roster, well, it might seem a little gimmicky but it works and Balagueró has a lot of fun with it (Everybody cheered as Angela Vidal screamed M******!). I'm not sure if this would be the goriest entry in the franchise, but it certainly delivered in that department, especially once the final act kicks in, which is, more or less, an intense bloodbath in true Rec style: Never letting up until the end, yet sprinkling the final act with small moments of black comedy. The most pleasant surprise were the characters. Fleshing out characters is hardly a priority in most horror scripts, but Rec 4 surprised me by turning the tables on usual stereotypical characters, and by the end, I was rooting for the unlikeliest of them. And I loved that about this movie. The whole thing is propelled forward by an amazing score and excellent sound work.

    The bad? Balagueró has to work with narrow halls and almost no corners (sadly he could not construct the hallways around his shots like James Wan did for The Conjuring) and as such, the shots are tight and cramped. I was onboard with the directors' decision to move past hand-held, but that does not seem to have helped with shakycam. And while the movie captures some moments of pure intense action and manages to outdo Rec 3 in every way possible, it does not twist the genre like the first two films did, nor will it blow you out of the water.

    In the end, Rec 4 is a satisfying, gory, visceral and intense conclusion to a great and (mostly) unique series. While the first two movies were made with the aim of creating genre-busters, Rec 4 is made for the fans who've followed the series, and Angela Vidal from the start. And you will not be disappointed.
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    Ese

    The first 2 films were great not only because of the great acting and overall great atmosphere, but also because it was 100% found footage... you only saw what was recorded by the characters camera and it made the movies much more suspenseful because it felt more real because it was fully committed to the found footage style. And unfortunately REC 4 does the same thing that put me off about the 3rd one (among other things), and that is that it is not entirely found footage. Actually like 80% of the movie is normal shoots filmed professionally in good looking angles. There are SO many horror films and REC removed the one thing that, in my opinion, gave it a unique feel and look to it... Overall You are better off ending with the 2nd film. Both REC 1 and REC 2 are tied together wonderfully, and bot are scary and suspenseful.
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    Nahelm

    I really lost hope after i saw Rec 3 !!! A wedding !! a Bride who does a karate Moves :P

    But thank god Rec is Back to the Story of "Ángela Vidal" and they connected the story to the first two movies ,,, amazing turn of events ..

    The plot this time literally elevated to a new level ... Ohh and the ending is just another thing.

    The scenes is so thrilling this time,, Jumped out of my seat a couple of times ;)

    I still have no idea if there's another movie Rec 5 ;) but if there is ,they better make it connected and around the same story..

    The Set is Genius.,. full of surprises and curves which were useful to make more frightening.. it's really amazed me though how you can do so much in such a small Set or location ..

    So it must be also said the cinematography and the visual effects are Applaudable.
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    Mayno

    While the first REC was a very atmospheric, genuinely scary movie with some new genre elements added, especially in the way the action was captured, by now the REC series has slipped into the cliché trap.

    This time around it's zombies on a boat. The director tries to emanate the claustrophobic feeling of a setting like the isolated camp in The Thing, but falls short.

    The production is quite good for a horror movie, especially the acting stands out, but one can not help but feeling this is a cash machine franchise that has been milked too far by now. It's still a far better production than most straight to video horror flicks, but by now REC is not the captivating (low budget) horror sensation of the first movie, it's slightly better than run of the mill zombie movies.

    Not essential and only if you are a big fan of the series.
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    Diredefender

    It is our belief that about ten years removed from the end of the franchise that the REC films will be considered horror classics that delivered from first entry until last. The first REC was released in 2007 and followed a television reporter and a cameraman as they accompanied emergency workers who were called to an apartment complex where a terrifying outbreak had been reported. Produced and shot in Spain, the film was interesting enough for Hollywood studios to remake the film with Jennifer Carpenter in 2008.

    REC2 followed in 2009 and put a whole different slant on things. What we thought was an outbreak of a disease was brought into question. A possibility of demonic possession was introduced as a potential cause for the horror and this twist added multiple layers to an already engrossing story.

    REC3 was an all-out blood fest. The setting was moved from the interior of a dark building to what was supposed to be a joyous wedding. As the wedding party fights for their survival, the red messy stuff covers the screen in an absolute gem of a whimsical horror film.

    And as all good things come to an end, we have REC4 to close the books on the franchise. The setting is again changed for the third sequel. Our survivors are now fighting within the confines of an ocean liner where the zombie/rage-induced hordes. Manuela Velasco again plays Angela – the lone survivor of the REC2. It is her awakening on a high-security facility floating on the ocean that catapults the story.

    Angela is able to team up with a small group of survivors and together they use just about every tool or weapon not nailed down on the ship to fight off the apocalypse and ensure their survival. Jaume Balagueró, who co-directed REC and REC 2 with Paco Plaza (Plaza directed REC 3 solo), returns to helm the fourth instalment of the saga and finish the series off with a spectacular and bloody bang.

    There is a tremendous amount of fun to be had in REC4. The floating vessel is the perfect setting to induce a claustrophobic and seemingly hopeless feel. The kills in the REC series have gotten more and more flamboyantly violent in cartoonish escalation and REC4 has some kills that had our packed house audience clap and cheer in unison with its execution.

    There are some interesting turns in the overall story arch some which are fun and others are almost groan inducing. The characters in REC4 are not as interesting as the other installments and once every character was trotted out, I was dead on in my assumption as to who would make it to the closing credits. Still, this is horror. Fans of the genre and the series are sure to find enough in REC 4 to make the experience enjoyable. The series never really lost steam from its opening in 2007 as it reinvented itself a few times along the journey. This journey is just bloody fun.

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    Varshav

    Looking forward to see REC 4 ones it was over I was left with mixed emotions. The unique story of REC was gone. By now you do know how the zombies or infected do look and move and the surprises seen in part 1 and 2 are gone. It's of course normal that by part 4 you have seen it all before but even as it has a few intense moments it's the use of lighting and the shots that made it hard to sit through.

    It starts off rather well because we go back to the apartment were Ángela Vidal (Manuela Velasco) was taken by the infested and disappeared at the end of part 1. They do rescue her not without a few attacks by the way. She's been taken to a cargo on the ocean were they are doing experiments on her and the soldiers who has taken her out of the apartment. It's even funny when suddenly an old lady comes across the story who is asking were the honeymoon takes place, a wink to REC 2.

    But by then the story weakens a bit because once you see the lab you know what is going to happen. When an experiment goes wrong an infected monkey breaks out of it's cage and spreads the disease. But what could have been a surprising reprise turned into an annoying experience. Lights do flash a lot and the camera moves a lot and is zoomed in for most of the time so it's a on and off of seeing what is going on. The reason is rather simple, the surprise of REC couldn't be done again. It even reminded me a lot of Alien (1979) because Angela becomes the hero and walks around in her undershirt a lot so Ripley isn't that far away.

    There's a bit of explanation what makes the virus and the end is open so it's off to REC 5 I guess. But I hope that the suspense and the creepy look of the infected like in REC is back there. Don't get me wrong. It isn't that bad after all but due the use of zoomed in shaky camera shots it didn't infected me .

    Gore 2/5 Nudity 0/5 Effects 3/5 Story 3/5 Comedy 0/5
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    MrDog

    The television reporter Ángela Vidal (Manuela Velasco) awakes in a ship and finds that she is locked in her cabin in quarantine. She escapes and stumbles with Guzmán (Paco Manzanedo), who rescued her from the apartment building in Spain. They discover that Dr. Ginard (Paco Obregón) and Dr. Ricarte (Héctor Colomé) are researching a cure for the lethal infection in the ship. Guzmán goes to the wheelhouse and he is introduced to Captain Ortega (Mariano Venancio) that is in his last voyage and radio operator and hacker Nic (Ismael Fritschi) that is trying to retrieve the footages in Ángela's camera. There is a blackout in the vessel and Dr. Ricarte discovers that someone released their guinea pig, an infected monkey where they would test an antidote. The monkey attacks the cook and most of the crew is infected by their lunch. Meanwhile Nic retrieves the footage from the camera and Dr. Ricarte sees the girl Tristana Medeiros transferring the worm-like virus to Angela that claims that is not infected. However Dr. Ricarte believes that Ángela is the hostage and patient zero and wants to extract the parasite from her belly to test the antidote. In the middle of the chaos on board, will the attempt work?

    "(REC)4: Apocalipsis" is a decent conclusion of this franchise. The story returns to the genre of the first movie with Angela and the survivor from the wedding in the deceptive third movie and fortunately forgets the religious approach from the second movie. The problem now is a virus transmitted by a worm-like parasite that seeks the strongest hostage. The plot does not have surprise, is gore and entertains. My vote is six.

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    Agagamand

    After watching the third installment, it felt like the franchise is dead and they have completely ruined it. but surprisingly enough the creators understood their massive mistake and got back on course with the final chapter.

    Again, just like in part 3 everything looks more professional, more of a ''Hollywood'' style, if i may. They chose to move away from their ''homemade'' horror niche into the mainstream, which was not such a massive fail in comparison to part 3, which was utterly atrocious. The original main character, who started the series off is reintroduced, which is already a massive plus, since people have already grown to like her awesome performances in part 1. This time action takes place on a ship and takes more of an action movie kind of a route instead of its original shaky, thrilling and scary setting. They opt for more fights and bloody scenes, instead of jump scares and suspense, which was not horrible in this case, but it took a way the original feeling the first two parts gave us.

    Altogether, the final installment explained quite a lot, everything we have seen before came together, was a little out in the open and blatant, but still a massive improvement from part 3. It has been announced it is the final chapter, but the creators left it very easy for them to continue this series, if they wanted to, with a very open ending with a lot of future possibilities. So, perhaps we are going to see REC 5 after all?
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    Damdyagab

    This does not reach the heights off the first two movies in the series. Especially the first still remains up there. Still this is a good capping off/ending the series on a high note. As the third one in the series this strays away from the "found footage" style that got introduced at the beginning of the REC saga. You can watch this without any prior knowledge of the other entries, but I'd suggest you do watch them prior to this, just to get the best of everything.

    It makes sense just so you have the surviving characters from previous events in this, but not without some mystery going on and some twists along the way. Obviously even the best thought plans can go wrong and I'd say that what they planned here couldn't be considered that well planned off ... but that shouldn't put you off. Watch and enjoy
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    I ℓ٥ﻻ ﻉ√٥υ

    i have been waiting for this movie for so long..I've loved the entire series including the one everyone wants to forget (Rec 3) but this movie was definitely cool, it tied up all three movies very nicely, brought back the ever so cute in every way Angela Vidal...and gave us a whole bunch of new easily forgettable and quite disposable set of characters all ready to be sacrificed to the demon/zombie horde including; the ambiguously evil doctor with something to hide, the handsome headstrong take no nonsense hero, the goofy fat guy who's only important because he knows how to play with a camera, a series of random forgettable nice helpful guys, a series of random indistinguishable asshole military personal, that one black dude that one Asian guy and of course how can i forget the now clichéd Rec. style elderly person who doesn't know were she is and of course is not going to make it. there were a couple of nice twists and new villains in the form of infected monkeys..a whole new location and a seemingly larger budget because it no longer relied on FF style filming to get the movie going. but as much as i make fun of the movie...lets face it Resident Evil wishes it was this good...and i for one really enjoy this series...i hope its not the last movie 7/10 for me.
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    Original

    The REC saga is unique in the zombie cinema, not only because of its Spanish provenance, but also because it has evolved (with more or less success) with each new film, avoiding each sequel to be a rehash of its predecessor. The original REC is one of my favorite zombie movies, and one of the films which best implemented the found footage technique. REC² retained the premise, but it added a supernatural subtext I didn't like. REC³: Génesis changed of location in order to show us another outbreak of zombies (this time, in a wedding), suggesting the spread of an epidemic which continues in REC 4: Apocalipsis. However, despite its title, this third sequel doesn't show us the global consequences of the zombie contagion (or satanic possession, or whatever it is), but it returns to the claustrophobic intensity from the first film, gathering an eclectic group of people into an isolated location, with few hopes to survive the attack of violent and extremely dangerous creatures. But in this occasion, director Jaume Balagueró discarded the found footage technique in order to adopt a conventional cinematographic style; that decision brings a good level of suspense and streamlines the narrative with efficient edition and a solid increment of horror as the things get more complicated for the characters. The performances are decent, even though not all the characters are well developed, and their occasional superficiality reduces the impact from their deaths (or the hope for their survival). My favorite performance was Ismael Fritschi's as the "geek". I liked to see Manuela Velasco retaking the role of reporter Ángela Vidal, even though her character is mostly relegated to a passive attitude, almost as a "damsel in distress", which betrays the strong character she displayed in the first film. Fortunately, Velasco is given the opportunity to display her intensity near the ending, and she ends up bringing a solid emotional hook. As for the zombies themselves, there are some grotesque scenes of violence and sporadic practical effects; there isn't too much gore, but that's compensated with energy and suspense. REC 4: Apocalipsis suffers from some problems in rhythm, tone and clarity; Balagueró frantically moves the camera during many scenes, confusing the audience and losing the opportunity to display the special effects in detail. Besides, the ending is unnecessarily vague and abrupt, leaving many questions unanswered. Nevertheless, REC 4: Apocalipsis is an entertaining horror film, and it's the sequel I have enjoyed the most in this saga.
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    Funny duck

    Rec 4 somewhat links with the 3rd film, as one or two characters from the wedding are on a ship at sea with television reporter Angela, and a crew of scientists attempting to find a cure for the disease. It was the best of the franchise to me as the setting was far more isolated then the other films: increasing the tension and the disaster which could unfold if the virus broke out on board the ship (which of course it did). However, the film provided plenty of adventure and action with less horror (jumpscares) then the other films, which was a pleasant break from zombies jumping out of Shadows all the time. The adventure to the film inclined when the scientists started looking through Angela's camera footage from the first film in order to discover more of the virus: how it lives on through a host by inserting a (worm?) creature inside him/her. Great film, it's way underrated at 5.4.
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    The Apotheoses of Lacspor

    After finding my nerves to get torn apart by the first 2 films in the Rec series,I was disappointed to find the third to be a painfully unfunny Comedy.Getting set to do my 1000th IMDb review,I decided that it was time to see the ending of the Rec series.

    The plot:

    Waking up after being taken out of an apartment block filled with zombies, Ángela Vidal finds herself with the handful of other survivors on a ship.Trying to make sense of the new location, Ángela discovers that the ship has been taken over by the military,who are keeping it safe in order for the scientist to find a cure for the zombie outbreak at a secure location. Feeling safe due to being miles from land, Ángela and everyone else on the ship soon discover that the zombie outbreak can cross the pond.

    View on the film:

    Wrapping up the series,the screenplay by co-writer/(along with Manu Díez) director Jaume Balagueró keeps the action locked on the ship,which along with allowing the threads from the series to be joined up,also gives the title an uneasy atmosphere,as the rough waves are joined by ravenous zombies. Sketching out a clear outline to the cause of the zombie outbreak in the first 3 films,the writers horribly destroy everything that was at the very centre of the terror in the films,by changing the threat into something much less complex and easier to defeat,and also packing the film with extremely ill-judge,childish comedy (stir fried monkey!)

    Completely getting rid of the franchises trademark "Found Footage" appearance for the final,director Balagueró & cinematographer Pablo Rosso give the title a slick,glossy shine,which fully shows all the tight corridors in the (partly) shot on location ship,and the look of terror sinking deep into Ángela's (played by a very good, returning to the series Manuela Velasco) eyes.Despite having a real location, Balagueró completely drains the film of any claustrophobia or horror by opening up the long corridors of the ship in a wide, crisp presentation,that leads to the unfolding zombie nightmare feeling oddly "safe",which along with some of the ships timber being used for some shockingly poor CGI animal zombies (!) leads to this being a (Rec)ording that should have been stopped a long time ago.
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    Sarin

    It looks like been ages. I know the movies (the previous three), but can't remember the scenes. A quick recap would have been helpful, but I did not do that and went ahead with this. That's the reason I hate to follow television series on the broadcast which drag one season for over 6 months. This was the fourth film in the Rec film series and third in the story continuation after first two. The third installment was set in the parallel timeline to that before one, but off the track narration. In this, an old woman character was brought on-board to make sure the third film was not an offbeat from the series.

    Except the opening few minutes, the rest of the story takes place on a moving ship. Kind of similar to 'Sector 7', though both the flicks are entirely different. The ship is used as a laboratory to develop a vaccine for the deadly disease which turns humans into the flesh eating zombies. It is protected by the armed paramilitary force. Somehow the virus breaks loose, the infection spreads out quickly through the various platforms like lab monkeys and foods. How the survivours fight to remain alive in the nowhere of the ocean is the remaining narrative. If there is a way, how they make it out that comes with the intensified gore battle between the undead and the living.

    I never expected another film in the series, I thought it was a trilogy, but after seeing this I felt the idea was not that bad after all. Just like the 'Jurassic Park' movies, the fourth movie puts the franchise back on the track after the third was derailed. The first film was so good and a bit scary too, followed by another decent movie. Like I mentioned the third flick was different, but a sustainable one to the theme and title.

    "I don not know what was going on, but luckily I was not there."

    This story starts off with a slow, until the third act where the pace picks up rapidly. Not scary, but towards the final sequences, it was very fast and edgy. The way it concluded, the outro scene was a hint for another film in the franchise. But in my opinion, it should have ended with three films or with this one. Hoping for a better one if there is going to be another Rec, because my rating in numeral declining by one point following the each sequel.

    I think the suspense should have maintained well. There were some tiny twists and turns on the weak movie plot, but I anticipated the final twist and it did not deliver with that effectively. I know the theme was built on the situation, not depended on prolonged story. Because the action speaks more than any kind of development to give a clean vision on happening. After all, most of the horror movies follow the same sutra, but sometimes the horror-dramas exclude it and this is not one of that.

    Its a collective performance, individually, not noticeable. Because it does not follow any particular character. Though the character Angela, the television reporter was the centre of the attraction as it marks her comeback who was main in the first two films. The filmmaking was compromised, I mean it was not 'found footage' style movie as should have been. Because where this story set in does not demand such kind of cinematographical portrayal. Also avoids the dark atmosphere that used to scare us, especially the night vision screenplay was critical in the earlier two films to creep out the viewers.

    The title for this installment was 'Apocalypse', but that does not make any sense what they show in the exit scene. Should have called it 'Zombie Ship' like 'Ghost Ship'. I feel it is worth a watch, only to keep updated the Rec film series, because if they make a phenomenal 5th movie, we don't have to go back to 4th for continuation.

    6/10
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    Dishadel

    I have never really loved mainstream Hollywood horror movies, and REC's first installment is one of my favorites. While the first film (c. 2007) of the franchise is arguably the best, there is a real debate about the third one, which talks altogether about something else. But, in here, the director-actress duo have successfully closed a good franchise by continuing stories from the second and third films.

    We are now in a quarantined ship where doctors are researching on a serum that will serve as an antidote to the parasite and its bacteria. Our reporter friend, two Military soldiers, doctors, and the ship's crew fret it out in a "survival of the fittest" kinda situation as the subject of the research runs amok. As a zombie apocalypse ensues, alas! without the found footage element, but with security surveillance element, we find out that the truth is not what it seemed to be. And there is more to what happened at the end of installment two.

    Although the film starts pretty slowly, it becomes spot on after thirty or so minutes. Lots of unwanted blood baths and absurd dialogs may keep you from continuing, but if you are brave enough and forgo these horror film requisites, REC 4 will turn out to be real entertainment. The dark setting helps as the franchise probably ends here.

    BOTTOM LINE: If you have been following the franchise, this will make an amazing watch with friends and family. Happy New Year 2015!

    Can be watched with a typical Indian family? NO

    Fore/Violence: Infinity
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    JoJolar

    Although being better than REC 3, REC 4 Apocalypse still is a big letdown. Of course, a major part in this being a letdown is the fact that it's not shot with a hand-held camera which made the first two instalments so great. What's the point in calling it a REC movie when the hand-held camera is missing? Next to that this movie just felt like some kind of action movie. It doesn't have the creepy atmosphere that the first and second movies had. There is a lot of action going on, with a lot of gore, but the creepiness is nowhere to be found. There were a couple of promising scenes that could have been scary, but failed to do so because they weren't executed right. The plot and dialogue in REC 4 is pretty shallow and highly predictable. What made the first movie so great is that it was different, something new. It gave a good mysterious background about what the virus was, but they didn't do anything with it in the third and fourth movie, not even continue it. There are a couple of good things about this movie and one of them is Manuela Velasco. Her acting is good and she gives a convincing performance. The second thing are the zombies. They look amazing, just like in the first two movies which is a big plus. I was really stoked for this movie and after the bad reviews on REC 3 I hoped they would go back to their success formula, but they didn't. It just didn't deliver and it couldn't live up to the high expectations/standards REC 1 & 2 had created. It was good on some ends, but it just had to many flaws.
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    RUL

    My expectations for this movie were quite low after the last REC installment, but luckily there has been a change for the better. With the return of the original director and Ángela Vidal there's also a return to the claustrophobic and dark (but freshened up with a new venue) setting of the first movies. While it is no longer a found footage movie a closeness to the characters is established through the confined spaces they populate. Aditionally a decent writing and believable characters contribute to an involving storyline. The only downside are the action scenes that often seem borderline amateurish and mostly fail to excite. Still, if you liked the first two (REC) movies and/or the concept thereof (REC)4 is a fun movie above mediocrity.
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    Pettalo

    Rec 1 and 2 are two of the greatest horror films ever made.

    Using found footage, they were able to add incredible immediacy, tension and rawness to a tired genre and established an identity all of their own.

    The second film also managed to raise the stakes by adding a really creepy Satanic dimension to proceedings.

    I was utterly gripped by the story and was looking forwards to 3 and 4 to see where the story would lead.

    It went only one place...straight down the toilet. Rec 3 and 4 are almost tragically bad. Selling out everything that made the first films such bona fide classics in favour of tired cliché.

    This particular film is just a poor man's Resident Evil.

    I don't suppose we'll ever really know what happened and why the creative team made such poor choices, but it's a real pity. They had the formula, they'd set the story up perfectly...but then they fixed everything that wasn't broken, and completely broke it.

    No series I've ever heard of has betrayed itself in this way before, and we can only hope it never happens again.
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    Khiceog

    The long-awaited REC 4 read negative reviews and I lost the desire, but I saw surprised me is good sequel, be seen as correct movie. has the best makeup, beats REC 3, but falls short when compared to REC 1 and 2, at least this new installment knew ending the franchise '' properly ''

    Well after 2 excellent Spanish gems Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza decided to separate and from there went Rec 3 and 4 would have really the last four level 3, but 3 is careless about plot and that alone passes.

    The biggest flaw this is the end and the false apocalypse. the issue of end could leave you with a bad taste in the mouth, hopefully after this does not leave anything '' worst '' finally REC has become one of my favorite sagas with the grace of the chilling first delivery.
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    Nagor

    Rec and Rec 2 were some of the most inspiring, horrific genre pieces to come out of the late 2000s. Europe had revitalized horror and managed to push it back into serious territory done well to contrast with America's emphasized near-parody and unintentionally bad or funny horror films. After letting the series take a slight detour into that awful American- like quality with part 3, Rec 4's details showed promise of returning the series to it's original style, climaxing with a finale that could string them together into one of the best horror trilogies.

    Unfortunately, that is not what happened here. To say Rec 4 is a bad film is stretching. I think what we have here is a case of "one step forward, half a step back" from part 3. What's changed is not just the abandonment of the "found footage" style that's become synonymous with some promising independent horror films lately. I don't believe dropping that style is what's changed the quality of this film. The film has taken a turn for the camp, whether intentional or unintentional, but it's still entertaining. It's hard to write a review when you want to stress that it's not a bad film, but it's not what was expected so it's a bit of a letdown. Some of the film is too ridiculous, some of the film is funny(where many people feel it shouldn't be funny), but some of it is genuinely nice.

    I do dislike that they've dropped the possession aspect in order to focus on the virus as simply a parasite that makes you evil. Where the second film's twist was a genuine surprise, this film's twist was obvious a good while before it was revealed.

    However, this is not a bad film, it's just extremely different. I recommend it to anyone who doesn't mind a little bit of a left-field swing for the finale.

    But if you're going to get butt-hurt by the abrupt sub-genre-switch between parts 2 and 4, let part 2 be your ending. For me, it works either way. I would definitely recommend this movie to some people though because for it's goals, it's very accomplished, even if it's inferior to the excellent first 2 films.
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    Tane

    After a promising beginning for the franchise with two exhilarating and frightening films, REC 3 threw the biggest cinematic spanner into the works like no other film franchise I have ever witnessed. After that, I knew that REC 4 couldn't possibly be any worse. So it has that going for it.

    REC 4 certainly is an improvement, but it's still a disappointment. What it wisely does is ditch the found-footage style completely, as opposed to the third film's disorientating switch partway through. The "comic" elements from the third film still unfortunately linger in bits and pieces, though the overall dark mood of the film works in its favour.

    Yet the film doesn't seem to know what to do with itself, its plot or its characters (a warm welcome back to Manuela Velasco, by the way), and ends up being a bizarre amalgam of other sources. It's like Captain Phillips crossed with Braindead. And by the time the ending does arrive, I had sort of already wished the ship would just blow up, and bury the last of the franchise at sea where it belongs.

    It's an okay film, but it exists as a patchy attempt to crawl back onto the rails. For what has been billed as the final REC film, it is most unsatisfying.