“An ill-fated television reporter is rescued and sent on a voyage across the ocean, but she is followed by the deadly virus that has plagued her and numerous others.”
Director: Jaume Balagueró
Starring: Manuela Velasco, Paco Manzanedo, Héctor Colomé
Why you need to skip it:
[REC] 4: Apocalypse was a tough decision for me. I was rooting for the movie the entire time, but, ultimately I had to give this one a Netflix Nay. Set directly after the events of 2, 4 marks the return of Maneula Velasco as she is taken to a ship, that’s miles off shore, for further examination. Things are set in motion when a “host” test subject escapes the lab and wreaks havoc among the ship crew.
Co-written and directed by Jaume Balagueró, Apocalypse sheds the “found footage” style that was skillfully employed in the first film. Though Apocalypse still uses shaky camera techniques to poorly relay chaotic, frenzied photography, it fails to recreate the same eerie feel of the original. What we are left with is run-of-the-mill shaky camera that seems to get in the way, rather than enhance the claustrophobic layout of the ship.
Despite picking up the story from where it left off in the second chapter, Apocalypse spends entirely too much time setting up the premise by forcing us to meet and greet characters that aren’t worth a damn. Finally when the terror begins, it feels poorly executed. The scares are cheap and the movie feels much more like an action flick rather than a horror movie.
A major short coming of the film is the complete lack of acting range from Velasco. I understand that she is pretty to look at, but, most of her scenes are of her wearing the same panicked expression then followed by a freak out or yelling. Velasco’s character seems to only bring intense drama to scenes where it would have made more sense for her to remain cool and calm. Apocalypse is continuing the events directly after 2 so Velasco should be pretty used to seeing mad ravenous zombies tear apart everything in sight. I didn’t feel it was necessary to keep seeing Velasco shriek about and seemingly lose her mind at every corner.
Though it was fun to watch zombies rip through living flesh, Apocalypse is entirely forgettable. The Supreme Goat Overlord gives [REC] 4: Apocalypse a Netflix Nay.