Directed by Paco Plaza
Screenplay by Luiso Berdejo and Paco Plaza
Starring Leticia Dolera, DiegoMartin, Ismael Martinez,
Alex Monner, Sr. B. and Emilio Mencheta
Running Time 81 minutes
The 3rd installment in the original Spanish film Franchise Rec, which has spawned american remakes for the first two parts of the series (Quarantine and Quarantine 2, and I have no doubt Quarantine 3 is on the way), is a bit different than the other two in the series. First part 3 is actually set to be happening before, during and after the first installment of the series, which is a little hard to grasp, and its not particularly evident that its the case when watching the film. Second this installment has some comedic elements thrown in that the others didn't, but the comedy is dark and doesn't overwhelm the feel of the film. Third and probably biggest difference in this installment is the fact that it starts as found footage just as the other installments, but as the movie continues it becomes a traditionally shot film.
The setting is a happy affair, a young couple Clara and Koldo are getting married today. Family and friends come for the celebration, and we see among the revelers, one who seems to have some sort of injury. The celebration moves from the Church to the reception hall, which is a grand and lavish estate of sorts, multi-level with numerous rooms, and multiple buildings on the grounds. As the party gets swinging the videographers notice cops, and men in what appear to be Hazmat style suits on the outskirts of the grounds, but they pay little attention to them, as they are distracted and pulled back inside to the party goers. It isn't long before all hell breaks loose and the party becomes more of a cannibalistic buffet, as the celebrants break off into groups each trying their best to survive, as our young couple tries to find their way back to one another through the chaos.
Ok so what did I think of this one? Well to be honest I was pretty impressed. This installment shook things up a bit which I found to be smart and refreshing. They changed things up a bit with the "monsters": in this one too! I won't say what they did but it brought a whole new interesting element into the franchise that I didn't at all expect and really liked. The added comedy was a nice giggle but didn't go so far that it took away from the action or tension of the film. I admit this one is fairly predictable in some ways but the added elements and changes made in this installment help keep it feeling fresh and interesting. All in all, I think this was a well done film, one that will keep the viewers coming back for more. Rec 3 offers something new in the franchise and in the genre. I would definitely recommend this one, especially since I fully expect others in the near future will be borrowing from the ideas in Rec 3, which will show it to be bit of a trend setter, as well as a fun film!