It’s hard to believe that [REC] 3: Genesis is only the third installment of the REC series. Perhaps the existence of a remake, Quarantine, gave me the impression that this was something like the fifth of sixth, but I was (as per usual) wrong. This one takes things back to the beginning — or, at least partially — since the movie acts as something of a prequel and something of a sequel. A sidequel? Is that even a real thing?
Directed by Paco Plaza, the co-helmer of the first two, this third film seems to offer a break from previous installments — the action doesn’t place in a single location. (It should be noted that the other co-helmer, Jaume Balagueró, is directing the fourth and final installment, [REC] 4: Apocalypse.) You wouldn’t be able to gather that from this teaser, though, with only the smallest of looks being dispensed. But any complaints seem kind of pointless, since this is a teaser; showing a lot would betray the whole concept. Despite a lack of anything too substantial, I did like the dark humor on display; that should count for something.
Watch it below:
Synopsis: The action now takes place miles away from the original location and partly in broad daylight, giving the film an entirely fresh yet disturbing new reality. The infection has left the building. In a clever twist that draws together the plots of the first two movies, this third part of the saga also works as a decoder to uncover information hidden in the first two films and leaves the door open for the final installment, the future ‘[REC] 4 Apocalypse.’
[REC] 3: Genesis is scheduled for a release in Spain on March 30th, 2012; no U.S. release date has been set at the moment.
Are you a fan of the [REC] series? Does this look like a strong follow-up to the first two?