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Shaky Cam Movie Week Movie 3 – REC (2007)– Infectiously Awesome

Rec_posterIf you’ve seen the movie Quarantine and wish you had the time you wasted on that back… well I can’t help you there, but I can suggest you watch REC, as this is what Quarantine was supposed to be, as this is the movie that it was based on.

2007’s REC is a Spanish horror film that follows a reporter, Ángela Vidal (Manuela Velasco), and her camera man as they document the goings on of a Spanish Fire Hall for her show, While You’re Sleeping. At first it’s regular stuff, talking to the Firefighters about how they spend their time, what and when they eat and sleep, what they do for fun while waiting for a call and such. But when they tag along on a call of an old woman trapped, and possibly injured in her apartment, everything changes. Arriving at the apartment building, they find a police vehicle there already. The officer explains that the lady is in her apartment in the upper level of the building and that screams were heard from the suite. Breaking in the door and entering, they find the lady, distressed, and bloody, wearing her night clothes (or a slip). Approaching here, calmly and talking, trying to get her to relax, she attacks and bites the hell out of one of the fire fighters in a fit of manic rage.Everyone quickly retreats from the apartment. though one firefighter stays behind on the upper floor, and the bitten firefighter quickly falls gravely ill… Meanwhile, the residents of the building, who have been gathered in the foyer of the building are getting nervous, and tense, demanding answers. When the department of health shows up and seals off the building, preventing anyone from leaving, the tensions grow even higher. You see, there is a disease going through the place and the authorities obviously see t as a severe threat, treating it on par with a chemical, germ or nuclear threat. As time passes, the threat grows, with the already bitten and injured rising up, zombie like and attacking the non-injured. Add to this a cop that has obviously been put into a situation that is above his pay scale, things really start to fall apart, and with no end obviously in site for the trapped.  The fearful remaining unaffected people are starting to throw blame around… eventually, when a health inspector enters (dressed in a hasmat suit that makes the already frightened residents more upset), he is compelled to reveal that one of the residents dog, brought to the vet as ill, was carrying an unknown, extremely viral disease. The dog, showed the same aggressiveness as the people did once fully sickened. As time goes by more and more fall to the disease or the attacks of those already afflicted… all the while Ángela keeps filming, capturing everything, while trying to find a away out of the infected building… Trying to escape the growing hoard, they make their way frantically to the Penthouse suite, reported closed up for years by it’s owner. In the suite the reporter and her cameraman discover what may lay behind the outbreak… and something much more terrifying.

This movie, was so good. I had no idea as to what it was about, but my movie watching buddy thought it would be a good choice for this week’s theme and he was right. If you haven’t seen this gem then you should. It’s pretty short (only an hour and fifteen minutes), but so packed with tense action that it feels longer (in a good way). So, as stated at the beginning of this write up, if you were dissatisfied with the movie, Quarantine, and want to see the way it should have been see this film. Or, if you just want to watch a god movie, also watch this film.

Check out the trailer below:


Bully (2001) – Compelling Movie About Some Stupid Murderers

Bully, a 2001 independent film about a group of youths that decide to murder one of their own who  is a bully towards them is a compelling, well acted and for the most part, well written film about some very stupid youths that plan to murder a member of their group that constantly bullies and beats them (as well as rapes – lets not forget rapes them). The film is based on actual events – just how  closely, I have no idea – I’m sure you could find that information on the web – just not here. – Please don’t mistake this film for the 2011 documentary of the same name – they are unrelated.

Taking place in South Florida, it starts as a story of two friends, one of whom is a surfer drop-out, Marty Puccio (played by Brad Renfro), and his constantly bullying life-long friend, Bobby Kent (played by Nick Stahl). In the first few minutes you see Marty and Bobby at their work, a sandwich shop where two girls, Ali Willis and Lisa Connelly (played by Bijou Phillips and Rachel Miner respectively) and  enter and are chatted up by the two friends. Bobby slams Marty’s head on a freezer in front of the girls, basically setting their friendship for the audience. The four all end up on a double date. Marty haves sex with Lisa, and they start dating (Lisa says she loves him, and like all silly youths states that she’d do anything for him) – and Ali gives Bobby head in the car… That’s how it starts.

As the film progresses, you see many more examples of Bobby bullying Marty and their friends, including the rape of Lisa and one of her friends that she stupidly more or less delivers to him. Eventually the increasingly unstable Lisa starts “master minding” a plot to rid themselves of Bobby through murdering him. Pretty simple right? Set the guy up somehow and them kill him. Sure… Only these idiots start recruiting just about everyone they know. It seemed as though if you had walked up to Lisa and said “What’s up?” that she’s answer, “Oh, just planning on murdering Bobby… Want to  help?” Yeah, she ends up gathering a group of friends together to make the plan work – including someone they believe to be a member of the Mafia (or at least in a gang). 

The plot progresses and they lure Bobby out and, eventually (thinks get screwy with people getting scared etc.), but Bobby end up dead. Of course these people are too stupid to keep a secret – Hell, they pretty much told anyone they ran across that they were planning on killing Bobby, and they all end up busted.

Was this a good movie? Yes. Were the people stupid? Yes? Would I recommend it? Maybe… despite being well made, I get tired of stupid people fast.

Here is the trailer: