Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
Spain, 2007. Castelao Producciones, Filmax, Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales, Instituto de Crédito Oficial, ICF Institut Català de Finances, Generalitat de Catalunya – Institut Català de les Indústries Culturals (ICIC), Televisión Española, Canal+ España. Screenplay by Jaume Balaguero, Luiso Berdejo, Paco Plaza. Cinematography by Pablo Rosso. Produced by Julio Fernandez. Production Design by Gemma Fauria. Costume Design by Gloria Viguer. Film Editing by David Gallart.
The Found-Footage thing has been done to death, as has the Zombie Rage Virus, so why should you sit through this movie at all? For the very reason that it is a rich example of both well-worn genres, combining ripcord-tight direction with skilful performances and smooth editing for a terrific 85 minutes of pure terror. Manuela Velasco is wonderful as the host of a soft-news documentary programme, “While You Sleep”, that covers the goings-on in Madrid during the night. Today’s episode is about fire fighters and, told entirely from the point of view of the news camera, the film watches her interview and meet firemen before joining them on a visit to an apartment building where they have been told a woman has fallen and can’t get up. When they arrive they instead find a horrific situation that they are soon trapped in: within minutes the building is sealed off by health authorities and the group of rescue workers, our heroine and her cameraman, and the residents of the building need to get themselves out or else risk horrible death. This film not gratuitously interested in harming people, except perhaps its viewers, who are completely undone by watching this wonderfully juicy horror flick.