Time Out says
The sequel’s major innovation is the replacement of the original’s single TV camera with the team’s multiple-camera set-up. Bloody-faced ‘zombies’ lunge at the camera, POV shots often resemble those in first-person shooter video games, and screens-within-screens display feeds from other parts of the building. This technology is used cleverly but not very effectively, boosting the amount of information without ramping up the suspense. There’s also a lot of tying up loose ends, which is clever in a puzzle-solving way, but undermines the sense of an anarchic plunge into chaos.
More contentiously, the supernatural/ religious element introduced towards the end of the first film is expanded here, pushing the sequel into ‘Exorcist’-style territory. Most damagingly, about 40 minutes in, the focus abruptly shifts to three irritating teens who have slipped into the house through the drains. This flabby mid-section only serves to deflate the tension and pad out the modest running time. One could drive a fire engine through the many plot holes, as ‘[Rec] 2’ does little more than fan the dying embers of the original.
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