Good, Bad & Ugly Review: [REC]3 Genesis

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 40% (Critics) / 28% (Audience)
Directed By: Paco Plaza
Written By: Paco Plaza
Starring: Leticia Dolera, Diego Martín and Javier Botet
Studio: Paramount Pictures

Synopsis: A couple’s wedding day turns into a horrific events as some of the guests start showing signs of a strange illness.

The Good:
As much as I have a very special place in my heart for the slow, shuffling, lumbering zombie I cannot deny how awesomely visceral it is to watch some poor souls having to deal with a gaggle of Usain Bolt style running zombies. The idea that there is something chasing you (with intentions on eating you) that runs at a full sprint is really terrifying.
Aside from the running zombies, I was impressed with the decision to go away from having the film shown through the viewpoint of various cameras. The movie does start off that way but by the time all hell breaks loose the movie begins to swap between regular view and camera view and it really works out well.

The Bad:
as much as I tried I couldn’t will myself to give one damn about any of the characters in this movie. You’d think a film that begins with the set up of a happy couple getting married would at least be able to tug at the heartstrings enough to make the audience care at least about the bride and groom.

The Ugly
I am not a fan of the overarching mythology of this franchise. While the idea of the cause of the zombie outbreak being religious, the way it was so all encompassing in this film seemed forced and hacky.

Final Verdict: While not as good as the first film, [REC]3 does provide some good zombie kills/attacks and the premise is a pretty novel one. However, bland characters and heavy handed religious tones served to make the movie not nearly as enjoyable as it could have been.

Grade: C+

3 thoughts on “Good, Bad & Ugly Review: [REC]3 Genesis

  1. I think changing the story was probably to be expected after the success of the first two REC films. I was talking about this movie with my co-worker from DISH, we both are fans of the original series, but I had given up on the American versions. I just got a Blockbuster @ home account through DISH, and saw this was released on DVD; I decided to add this to the top of my movie list, this way I can pick this movie up from the store instead of waiting for it in the mail. I like that this takes place at a wedding as I’m sure every newlywed can relate to wanting to chainsaw some of their in-laws and guests!


    1. It is a huge departure from the first two…I was actually shocked by how bug a departure since the second one seemed to be setting up the third film. I guess they decided to move onto something different but I wouldn’t mind seeing the fourth film pick up where the second left off.


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