So this weekend I was "lucky" enough to see [rec]2. For those that don't know, [rec] is a Spanish horror film. It was remade in North America as Quarantine. If you need more info, that's why they have google. I was a pretty big fan of the first [rec]. Quarantine was ok, but was a bit too glossy and wasn't too keen on the direction it went for the explanation. This one uses a similar film style. With a SWAT member acting as a camera man to record the happenings for evidence. The second one picks up immediately following the first. It follows a SWAT team as they enter the building with a health inspector, Owen. Each of the SWAT members has a head mounted camera that the main cameraman can tap into at any time, which helps to broaden the camera views. The film deviates a lot from the first one. Whereas the first one hinted at a possible possession angle, this one embraces that. It takes the religious subtext of the first and brings it to the forefront in this one. these people aren't simply infected, but possessed, and all mind-linked to the girl from the articles. And this is where it loses me. The mix of science and religion doesn't mesh that well. They kinda beat you over the head with the explanation, but it seems out of place when viewed in the context of the first film. A virus/disease fit perfectly as the first film portrayed a "28 Days Later" type outbreak. Possession that is contagious via blood and saliva just doesn't make much sense. On it's own it's not bad. The action is fantastic, the acting spot on, the effects are great and it has some genuine surprises. But it diminishes the effect the first had. They explain way to much and the explanations aren't great. the ending leaves it wide open for the already planned sequel ([rec] Genesis, with a 4th planned [rec] Apocalipsis). It's worth watching, but prepare for some disappointment.