The rules of The Face Off are simple. There are two teams and we will be discussing one movie – [REC] 3: Genesis.
‘Team Open Minded’ consists of Cortney from My Nerdy Pony and Eric from Isaacs Picture Conclusions. Squaring up against them is ‘Team Genocide‘ aka Catalin from CinEnemA & obviously myself, Tyson Carter.
Each individual has given a mini review and summarised their thoughts on the movie. At the end of this post is a poll. We need you beautiful readers to decide which team should win. If you have seen the film then you will already know which way you want to vote, depending on whether you liked or hated the movie. If you haven’t seen it, then we still need you to vote. Just vote for the team which you feel offers the best argument. No hard feelings, nothing will be taken personally and it’s all for fun! After a few days, the votes will be counted and a winning team will be decided, and in the process determine whether the film is ‘good‘ or ‘bad‘. Or ‘winners‘ & ‘losers‘, but when you see the effort that has gone into each teams efforts, there are no losers here. So please, sit back, enjoy and let the fight commence……….
Cortney’s thoughts on Rec 3: Genesis
Once a movie becomes successful and turns into a franchise, each sequel is scrutinized more than the one before it. Usually there’s pressure on the filmmakers to keep the storyline linear and ongoing, because any deviation from the main plot could spark protests from the fans.
In 2007, REC took us into an apartment building where a deadly outbreak has turned the tenants into savage, blood thirsty monsters and the building is quarantined. REC 2 moved the story forward with more infected people and a main character who has tricked her way out of the quarantine. REC 3: Genesis is…wait a minute…what the fuck there’s a wedding?!
Yes folks, one of these things is not like the others. REC 3 takes the general ‘infectious virus’ storyline and turns it into a humorous, bloody, zombie movie. There’s even a love story here. Let’s call it horror rom-com.
This departure from the first two movies shows how far this franchise can go. The virus has left the apartment building, it’s quickly spreading, and it’s leaving piles of bodies in its wake. Maybe we can see hospitals become overrun with zombie nurses. A dentist starts drilling eyeballs instead of teeth. A schoolteacher stops teaching history lessons to gnaw on a student’s head. Oh, the possibilities!
I believe all sequels should be able to stand on its own, while also bringing something new to the franchise. It’s no fun to see the same formula over and over again. I’ll admit REC 3 isn’t as solid as the first two films, but it does give us a different point of view of a shared storyline. Plus the main character has a chainsaw and she’s much tougher than a possessed Angela.
Although I enjoyed REC 3, I got the impression that this movie is just filler material to hold us over until REC 4 is released. The fourth installment is supposed to pick up the storyline from REC 2. Although I’m happy to hear this, I do believe the franchise can survive if it introduces a new cast and moves in a different direction. And this is why I enjoyed REC 3: Genesis.
Eric’s thoughts on Rec 3: Genesis
Here’s the thing. I know we’re all different and I know CATALIN hates me more than moths, but this is the thing. The thing is that my approach to watching a movie is simple: I want to be entertained, I don’t care if it’s a sequel or independent or B-Movie or a remake or a reboot or foreign or silent; I want to be entertained. That’s it. REC 3 is an entertaining movie – there is no denying that, no matter what Tyson and CatAlin have to say. It’s entertaining. It’s also gory and funny and the director basically says “F YOU!!” to the handheld shaky cam – which I thought was BRILLIANT! It’s also got a super hot chick in it, rabid “zombies”, utilizes more of the religious mythology AND the creepy, skinny, wispy haired things from the first. Another BIG TIME plus for me is that a lot of this takes place in the daylight and in LIT rooms. None of this “we can get away with slacking off since everything will be in the dark and no one will know better” shit. The settings are bright and the blood is red and the effects are well done and it’s all shown in beautiful, clear HD.
There’s an analogy I like to use up at work. I work for a very large company that has a customer service division. When I roam the halls or I go out for a smoke and I listen to people bitching about their job because (when they have benefits and health care and a steady paycheck) they have to TALK TO PEOPLE for a living, I offer up this: have you ever worked in a burning hot restaurant kitchen, on your feet 16 hours a day, carrying around 100 pound bags of potatoes and standing over a six burner stove during 120 degree summers? No? Well – THAT’S a BAD JOB. Sitting in a nice environment, on a telephone is not a BAD job.
The point of that? I would never consider myself a “film critic”. I’m just a dude who watches a lot of movies and then tries to be entertaining to even one person who reads my site. In watching a LOT of movies, I see a lot of SHIT (and then I write about it so you don’t have to experience the misery). CLOSETS? That’s a BAD movie. ANNA’S EVE?? That’s a BAD movie. CAMP SLAUGHTER??? TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE SHIT. REC 3 is NOT a bad movie.
Catalin’s thoughts on Rec 3: Genesis
With the risk of sounding like a broken record, found footage films generally don’t do anything for me. I find them usually annoying and stupid. With a few exceptions: The Last Exorcism (which I know some people found to be a near-death experience in boredom), Cannibal Holocaust (the grandaddy of the found footage subgenre), Cloverfield (a cheesy ADHD-fest that did manage to keep me entertained) and the original [REC] among a few others.
I had some fun with the original [REC], with its hyperactive Spaniards and it’s really tense finale. Then [REC]2 came along with more of the same. [REC]2 was, unfortunately, all over the place and like I said – just more of the same but now with even more plotholes. Add to all of that the extra thick coating of catholic guilt that the film-makers bash you in the head with repeatedly all throughout its runtime and it’s pretty much a no-go on my part.
The point I’m haphazardly trying to make is that the [REC] franchise was already in a downward spiral even before [REC]3 was announced. And then the trailer came along and it all went to hell and back about 50 times.
Even now, after watching the movie again for this Face Off, I don’t get what the point of it all was. It’s part found footage, part standard horror movie, it’s filled with so many stupid moments and jokes. The first two were pretty serious movies, it’s beyond my comprehension why the filmmakers decided to go down the comedic route for the threequel (or, rather, a prequel?). There’s nothing worse than a comedy that tries so hard to be funny but that ultimately is as funny as raping your own ass with a frozen parsnip. It makes no sense why everything is almost ripped out of a bad anime or, even worse, like the best episode of Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo!
And that moneyshot that’s on the poster itself – who in the blazes thought THAT was a good idea? I’m sure that the creative process for that scene went a bit like this:
Director: Well, I’ve seen an episode of Sailor Moon last night and I’ve got this great idea for a bad-ass pose!
Writer: And I just saw for the first time Evil Dead and Rambo 3!
Director: Evil Dead you say? Rambo 3 you say? Sailor Moon I say?
Writer: I’m sure we can fit all of that in somewhere, right? The audience will like it either way, right?
Audience: Guys, what are you doing?
Director: It is settled then! The main character will strike that pose like not even Madonna stroke it when she was doing the Vogue video!
Writer: Brilliant! BRB, I need to write some more comedic scenes but we’ll refrain from adding fart sounds because we’re intellectuals, god damnit!
Audience: Guys! Stop!
And then THAT happened. The moment the main character turns into a wannabe chainsaw wielding badass is the moment my brain went on Snooze mode. My brain did eventually turn off completely (and I’m not sure it has recovered since) when we got to the grand finale. Let me put it this way – if soap operas start adding more blood into their storylines, that’s the route they’ll take.
To be clear – I’d rather listen to Fran Drescher laugh for 24 hours straight than go through this again. It does away with everything that made the first movie great (and the 2nd one not so great) and instead, it relies on some sort of humor that, even for a European or even for a person that lived in Spain for quite some time, is as entertaining as licking the underside of an old fridge. Stay away from this one, if you want to see a horror movie about couples and eternal love, watch King Kong or Hatchet for the Honeymoon or even The Seed of Chucky!
Tyson’s thoughts on Rec 3: Genesis
I’m going to quickly summarise my thoughts on the [REC] trilogy for those who haven’t seen my reviews on here. I LOVED [REC] & [REC] 2, they were both incredible movies and really gave a refreshing take on the rather stale concept. Both movies took place in the same apartment block, and linked together perfectly. They had scares and clever twists, and when I heard there would be a 3rd movie, I was beyond excited. Sadly after seeing the movie, excitement wasn’t what I felt.
As a fan of the franchise, [REC] 3: Genesis felt like a massive kick in the teeth. And I will only refer to it as Genesis now, as it quite simply isn’t fit to be part of the [REC] universe. Not only is Genesis set in an entirely different location, with only 1 or 2 brief nods to the previous films, we switch from being found footage/camera crew style viewpoints into a traditional film set up, with multiple cameras and all that jazz. That took away the sense of realism, dread, anticipation and a million other things the first 2 parts did so well to utilise so already Genesis wasn’t starting well.
To make matters worse, it is filled with ridiculous caricatures rather than characters, and despite the lead lady being attractive, the acting on show was like something from a soap. At times I cringed watching, with Spongebob Squarepants rip offs and the male lead donning a full suit of armour to charge at the zombies. All things you may find in a Shaun of the Dead style movie (which again is a million times better than this!) but not what I want in part 3 of a franchise which is critically adored.
As much as I don’t like losing at anything, I truly feel anyone that has seen [REC] & [REC]2 will have disliked Genesis. I cannot accept that people will enjoy it. I feel the only way this is possible is if you havent seen the previous films, and maybe Genesis was entertaining as you had no expectations for it. But this has to be taken how it is intended, and that is as a part 3 in a franchise. That is the only way to measure the effectiveness of a film to me, and it feels as though they took everything that worked and the fans loved so much in parts 1 & 2, and replaced them with something else as a kind of middle finger. I have only ever seen 2 people say positive things about Genesis, and they were crazy enough to go against me here in a Face Off. It would be a crime against mankind if Genesis was voted as a good film, and it is an outrage to the fans with the direction this so-called movie took. At least when part 4 rolls around later this year, they are going back to sensible and following the stories laid out in parts 1 & 2. Then us normal fans can forget the travesty that is Genesis ever existed.
Wrapping up, and stealing lines from my review, overall I just felt this movie lacks the visceral sense of tension, danger, and unpredictability that was so palpable and terrifying in the previous [REC] films. Genesis is a mess, and an insult to fans of the franchise. Why take a serious tone and flip it and try and make it a comedy? It’s like adding a laughter track and making a funny Schindler’s List 2. Ridiculous. In my mind it doesn’t exist in the [REC] universe, and I hope people reading this will appreciate that films should always respect their fans in a franchise, and whilst change can sometimes be good, a total u-turn is unforgivable.
That’s it, the teams have had their say. Please show some love and appreciation in the comments section for the kind, brilliant people who made this post possible, whoever you vote for (and if you want to share this anywhere, we would appreciate the extra votes!). Without them this wouldn’t work, so thanks again Catalin, Cortney & Eric. You are all amazing, and regardless of who wins, this post is epic and I owe you all so much!
And now it’s all down to you reading you this. Please vote for the team and argument you agree with. Think [REC] 3 is a waste of time and an insult to the excellent work done in parts 1 & 2? Then vote for ‘Team Genocide’ and show Catalin & myself your support. However, if you loved the movie, and thought it was an excellent zombie movie like Cortney & Eric did, then please give ‘Team Open Minded‘ your support. Let voting commence, and may the best team win!