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Remake vs. Original: Quarantine vs. [rec]

Posted in Remake vs. Original with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 14, 2010 by xymarla

Welcome back to Remake vs. Original, wherein Hollywood must answer to my poison pen for their incessant remakes! I bring you:

 versus  !

Round One! The basics

[rec], Spain, 2007. Written by Jaume Balagueró, Luis Berdejo and Paco Plaza. Directed by Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza. 78 minutes. (original review here.)

Quarantine, USA, 2008. Written by John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle. Directed by John Erick Dowdle. 89 minutes.

Title:

[rec]: I like titles with random punctuation. I also like titles that create uncertainty as to whether you’re actually referring to a movie when you mention it. “What do you mean, Pi? Pi-what?” +1

Quarantine: imdb gives 4 results to a search with this title. Snoozeville! -1

Country:

Not to be a traitor to my homeland, but Spain did *just* win the World Cup. [rec]: +1 Continue reading

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Quickie Review: [rec]

Posted in Film Review, Horror Movie Review, Quickie Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 9, 2010 by xymarla

Another day, another Marla-come-lately review. Since most of you have probably already seen Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza’s Spanish film [rec], I won’t take up too much of your time, particularly because I’m going to do a Remake vs. Original with this and the American remake Quarantine next week!

So: [rec]–it’s good, no?

We begin with footage from host Ángela Vidal’s (Manuela Velasco) Insomniacstyle show titled While You Were Asleep. No, not While You Were Sleeping. That’s different. Ángela and her cameraman Pablo (Pablo Rosso) are filming a typical night in a fire station. They’re assigned to travel with appropriately yummy firefighters Manu (Ferran Terraza) and Álex (David Vert). They’re soon called to the scene of an apartment building, not yet understanding what the emergency entails. Ángela, Pablo, Manu and Álex are immediately locked in the apartment building with a police officer, a medical intern, a dozen anxious residents—oh yeah, and some straight up zombies. The surrounding police tell them that everything is under control, but is it?

IS IT?! (no.) Continue reading