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Like a broken record...
[REC] 4 doesn’t deserve its title. It is neither a found footage film nor an apocalyptic one. It does bring back a character we hold dear; Ángela, still played by the excellent Manuela Velasco. She is the best thing about this sequel and we’re not exactly sure why she’s here, on a boat, in the middle of the ocean. Her character is confusing, unnecessary and only here to tie the franchise together.
It is sad to see one of the best found footage horror franchises out there neglect its gimmick and take the easy route. This is a good looking film that uses a universal language when it comes to storytelling but that doesn’t leave its mark. The franchise should be surpassing itself while upholding continuity the way Paranormal Activity has. [REC] 4 isn’t as interesting as [REC]³ was, either.
The film’s budget is significant and it's a handicap. There was character proximity in Parts 1 & 3 that is not matched here. Big guys, big guns, big boat; we don’t care who lives and dies. This is a boring sequel that forgot where it came from and who it is trying to please. It represents a dead end for the series and an additional nail in its coffin.