[REC] 3: Genesis

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  • Summary: Koldo and Clara are about to celebrate the most important day of their lives: their wedding. Everything appears to be running smoothly and the bride and groom and their families are enjoying a wonderful day; that is until some of the guests start showing signs of a strange illness. BeforeKoldo and Clara are about to celebrate the most important day of their lives: their wedding. Everything appears to be running smoothly and the bride and groom and their families are enjoying a wonderful day; that is until some of the guests start showing signs of a strange illness. Before they know what’s happening, the bride and groom find themselves in the middle of a hellish ordeal, as an uncontrollable torrent of violence is unleashed on the wedding. Amidst the chaos, Koldo and Clara become separated and begin a desperate search for one another. What started off as an idyllic day quickly descends into a nightmare of the worst kind. (Magnet Releasing) Collapse

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Sep 7, 2012
    88
    [REC] 3 Genesis is a prequel to the first two "[REC]" movies, but that doesn't much matter. You don't need to have seen them to enjoy this film, which provides fresh blood for a tired genre.
  2. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Sep 4, 2012
    70
    Giddy shots of the undead slogging through a decimated party-scape materialize the decadence and instability of upper-crust family life, even as groom and (pregnant) bride prepare to give birth to another generation of the Spanish elite.
  3. Reviewed by: Matt Singer
    Sep 5, 2012
    60
    Ditching the mock-doc aesthetic is a bold formal move, but without its immediacy and realism, [REC] 3: Genesis becomes just another walking-dead movie-and clocking in at a mere 80 minutes, one with no time for character development.
  4. Reviewed by: Simon Crook
    Sep 4, 2012
    40
    The early franchise frights are missing. There's some ironic light-heartedness in the nuptial set, the religious overtones are distractingly self-conscious.
  5. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Sep 6, 2012
    40
    With slapstick smothering the scares, [REC 3] is further marred by a plot in which the muted Catholicism of its antecedents is turned up to full blast.
  6. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Sep 4, 2012
    40
    Paco Plaza turns his [REC] franchise on its rotting head with [REC]3: Genesis, switching up the series' blistering first-person-perspective terror for a more conventional, jokey and-much to the film's detriment-self-conscious approach.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Sep 6, 2012
    20
    It's the same-old flesh-chewing. Like vampires, this genre is getting deadly.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 26
  2. Negative: 9 out of 26
  1. Sep 8, 2012
    8
    REC 3 departs from the well established REC formula of a handheld camera and replaces it with a standard cinematic experience. Whilst thisREC 3 departs from the well established REC formula of a handheld camera and replaces it with a standard cinematic experience. Whilst this removes any hope of horror that the film may have wanted it brings REC 3 into its own niche in the series. Clara and Koldo are as any couple should be, madly in love. However when the infection as seen in the previous films enters their wedding reception it becomes a fight for their lives and a very well written romance film rather than a horror. This may put some fans and potential fans off it but if you overlook the massive change of heart it has and how well implemented it is you begin to see it not as a REC film but as something that wants to be its own thing. The only gripe I have with the film is that it does have handheld bits then franticly interchanges between the cinematic and handheld at one point in the film and also it is too blood soaked, removing the sense of realism the first 2 films had. REC 3 is a romance film with zombies, not a horror film. Expand
  2. Jul 16, 2016
    8
    [REC] 3: Genesis didn't disappoint me: it was scary, it was bloody, and it was exhilarating; it shocked me in the same way its predecessors[REC] 3: Genesis didn't disappoint me: it was scary, it was bloody, and it was exhilarating; it shocked me in the same way its predecessors did, and it was every bit as dark, intense, and isolating as them; and Clara was badass - I rooted for her. I wish it had a happier ending - it broke my heart - but it reached the same height of awesome as the first two. Expand
  3. Feb 20, 2013
    5
    I'm not gonna slaughter this movie nor I'll advice against watching it but you gotta know that this isn't anything like the first 2 RECs. It'sI'm not gonna slaughter this movie nor I'll advice against watching it but you gotta know that this isn't anything like the first 2 RECs. It's more like a parody. A gory darkly humorous slasher movie with a couple of links with the previous REC movies. To be clear I do like gory movies. I like blood. Bodies being chainsawed in half and brains being splattered over walls. But I was expecting a movie like REC 1 and 2. It started off pretty interesting. It somehow felt relieving being out of that dusty apartment. Cheering people celebrating at a wedding party. Chaotically filmed with a handycam again. You'll love it or you'll hate. I love it. But what I hated was the fact that after about 15 minutes the handy-cam was put down. Right at the moment I got ready for the expected rollercoaster ride. Bam. Bye REC. To me the strength and charm of the previous REC movies was the realism. To me the effect is being destroyed by turning it into a "regular" movie. If only the movie would have had a totally different title and had nothing to do with the previous movies i'd probably like it. But as a REC movie I think it kinda sucks. I didn't mind watching it and I did have a laugh so now and then, but those moments where overwhelmed by opposite reactions. Expand
  4. Sep 10, 2012
    4
    Do not say that the film was one of the best in its triology, but had a lot of things in which I was not happy, as for example, the camera onDo not say that the film was one of the best in its triology, but had a lot of things in which I was not happy, as for example, the camera on hand which was replaced by a film common, there is no sense "genesis" because I have not seen any explanation for a start, the first two movies are better, not just look at this. Expand
  5. Oct 28, 2012
    2
    This movie is no real rec movie. It sucks in so many ways. No motion sickness camera style in a rec movie?! This is a really bad trashmovieThis movie is no real rec movie. It sucks in so many ways. No motion sickness camera style in a rec movie?! This is a really bad trashmovie with some very good splatter-effects. Okay and it has rec in the name.
    I loved the frist rec but this one sucks a lot mot than rec 2.
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  6. Oct 6, 2012
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. What a disappointment ! The first movie of the saga left me breathless. It had well constructed action, a good choice of the style with the camera, and some story behind... the second one kept up and added a couple of details... but this one is a complete failure and a joke. B movie (or Z) exuding all over. Predictable, without style, and no story at all when it is supposed to be the genesis. Seriously this is the genesis ? But one thing above all: you have to maintain a criteria and stick to it the entire film, if the zombies can run and be fast, then be it !! What you cannot do is make them slow and clumsy whenever it suits you, that's called cheating. There's is laws and science in all that zombie stuff or I believe so. Expand

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