Plaza’s (along with co-writer Luiso Berdejo) neatest trick is that he isn’t actually making a found footage film at all. That’s all left behind and serves merely as an intro to the growling chainsaw, swinging mace, and severed limbs to follow. The blood flows freely and the film is surprisingly self-aware. Sometimes, though, the characters get stuck standing around thinking too much when you know what they’re going to do before they do it, making them look a little slower than they should be. Then again, any director who keeps his film at a slim and trim 80 minutes knows not to drag things out too long.
While it wasn’t released here in the States on Blu-ray, I can only imagine how much more fun it would be with all of the gruesome deaths displayed in full 1080p. Thankfully, the DVD looks pretty crisp and the Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 has some awesome directionality. The special features include 23 minutes of deleted scenes; all of which are more just extended/alternate takes. The funny part is that a few of them begin with the director calling, “Action!” Second, we get a slight group of outtakes of which only the last one was actually amusing. In the end, we may not be getting what we deserve out of the genre in theaters, but [REC]³ Génesis is worth a blind buy for fans of the genre when it’s released on November 6.
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