Rated 2.0

A TV news reporter (Jennifer Carpenter) is covering an Los Angeles fire station when the crew is called to a local residence, where events go from a situation to an emergency to a crisis, with police shooting anyone who tries to leave. The gimmick in Drew Dowdle and director John Erick Dowdle’s script (from the 2007 Spanish film Rec) is that the whole movie is made up of the news crew’s video footage, from early joking through drama to mounting panic and horror. To that brilliantly original premise, add a story that recycles Night of the Living Dead without the character or plot development (sad when you take a back seat to George A. Romero in that), and you have a recipe for a movie that didn’t need to be made and which no one needs to see. The movie never really ends, it just runs out of victims and stops.