[REC]³ Genesis (2012)

[REC]³ Genesis (2012)

2012 | R | 80 Minutes


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...

Overall Rating

3 / 10
Verdict: So-So

User Review

  • [Rec] 3 Genesis ironically is one of the most forgettable weddings. Church bells are ringing, everyone is dancing and oh look, infected family members are trying to bite the bride! They say that a marriage ceremony is one of the most important, unforgettable events a person can participate in. Unfortunately for this random third instalment to a predominately good franchise (even if I didn't like the sequel), it's one you shan't remember anytime soon. Koldo and Clara are celebrating their wedding, when a family member shows signs of infectious symptoms and starts spreading the virus by biting people. If you've seen the previous two entries, then stop. Do not watch this. A complete tonal shift from the serious religious overtones that were implemented previously and comes across as a comedic schlocky B-movie that, despite only being 77 minutes long, felt tedious to watch. Plaza attempts to reinvigorate the franchise by switching camera techniques halfway through. Gone is the found footage style that actually worked in creating suspense and claustrophobia, that made the first twenty minutes somewhat enjoyable. Now welcome a normal third-person cinematic view that seemingly makes the whole film feel cheap, accompanied with a cheesy musical score. I could see his intent, but it didn't work for me. What made the '[Rec]' franchise work was its style. To lose that would be to diminish its legacy, and that's exactly what this third entry has done. Now, I despised the revelation that the virus was demonic, that's well known in my review for its predecessor. Alas, it is continued here as we see reflections of the fleshy demon from the first two films, and again it just doesn't work for me. There's no substance to it this time, and is simply used as a plot convenience for the main couple to escape when required. The acting was questionable, characters were boring and the dialogue was lacking in personality (including John Sponge!). Atleast the blood and gore were over-the-top fun, but not fun enough to save this bloody wedding. Champagne please! Need to forget about this...