Review: [REC] 3: Genesis

The Spanish found-footage series gets a daring and slightly confused third entry with the highly divisive[REC] 3: Genesis. After the exemplary second film blew open the franchise with bullets and exorcisms, the two collaborating co-directors, Paco Plaza and Jaume Balagueró, decided to split duties on parts three and four, each helming a movie themselves. For GenesisPlaza ditches the found-footage style in favor of horror/comedy -- a gutsy move to be sure, yet does the gamble pay off? The results are a mixed bag, as some will find the film likable in its own right, while others will lament the fact that it strays too far from what the franchise has done so well, which is to frighten the living daylights out of any viewer willing to come near it.

In substitution of intense scares, Plaza weaves in an almost fairy-tale romance between Clara (Leticia Dolera) and Koldo (Diego Martin), a couple whose wedding is thrown into chaos by the demonically infected. Genesis opens with the welcome sight of a camcorder filming the event, and continues in that vein just long enough to juke the audience into thinking the sequel will follow in the steps of the previous installments. However, the camera is soon smashed and traditional camerawork is employed as the tragic lovers search for one another over the span of a long night.

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