That's the spirit!
This is a direct sequel to [REC] that takes place in the same apartment building but with a new cast. The new protagonists don’t benefit from the collective knowledge of their predecessors, so we basically start from scratch, from a different angle. We follow a GEO team equipped with guns and cameras on their helmets. As far as they are briefed, they are investigating a somewhat simple infection.
[Rec]² isn’t as up close and personal as [Rec] was when it comes to character chemistry. The soldiers are all dressed alike. We can’t tell them apart. Fortunately, the POV perspective is meant to scare us and make us jump from the comfort of our seat. It works every time! Fortunately, half-way through, we switch to a new random group of protagonists; teenagers, who are far more relatable.
This movie is a collection of sequence shots that leave the audience breathless and wondering how the effects were accomplished. They are extreme and seamless. [Rec] had mastered this but [Rec]² pushes the envelope and goes all out. High on emotions, with its exorcism sequence and the introduction of a surprise character, the third act is particularly satisfying.