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The Crazies (2010)


8/10: A Solid Remake of a Classic Chilller
Sunday, February 28, 2010

A catastrophic quandary and several creepy scenes make this ghoulish remake of director George A. Romeo's 1973 classic scary movie "The Crazies" worth watching if you can handle horror movies. Mind you, this $20 million, R-rated quasi-zombie epic boasts just enough gore to qualify for its R-rating. Nevertheless, "Sahara" director Breck Eisner relies on omission during some macabre acts of violence to prompt you to use your own imagination for greater horrific effect than any computer generated imagery. Indeed, this bizarre movie contains suspenseful situations and chilling characters that may have you poised you on the edge of your seat. "The Crazies" cuts its characters no slack, and omnipotent forces are at work here that our heroes cannot comprehend. "Amityville Horror" remake scribe Scott Kosar and "Pulse" writer Ray Wright deliberately have confined the scope of the action to a quartet of characters: a sheriff, his doctor wife, his resourceful deputy, and her young female assistant...

7/10: The Crazies
Thursday, April 1, 2010

The sheriff of Ogden Marsh, Iowa, finds his town overrun by the military when the citizens turn into psychopaths after drinking the water supply infected by a biological weapon called Trixie, caused by a downed plane which crashed in a lake. Sheriff David Dutton(Timothy Olyphant)goes back for his wife, Judy(Sasha Mitchell) after she is pulled away from him, separated because she was running a fever(she is pregnant), quarantined and left strapped to a gurney along with local girl, Becca(Danielle Panabaker)when the crazies break from a stronghold, executed by soldiers. Dutton, along with trusty deputy, Russell Clank(Joe Anderson, in a star making performance), will hunt for Judy, hoping to find her before danger strikes. Not only will they have to avoid the infected but the military as well, who seem to now be operating by orders to kill the entire town. Hoping to evade every threat they come across, on foot unless they are...

8/10: You'll be crazy about 'The Crazies
Monday, March 1, 2010

A remake of the original movie made by George Romero in the 1970s, The Crazies tells the story of what happens after a highly infectious contagion finds its way into a rural water supply after a classified plane crashes and turns the previously down to earth townsfolk into violent rampaging killers – the 'Crazies' of the title. First off it's fair to say that the new version of The Crazies is a vastly superior film to the original. The story is very well set up and generally builds momentum at a nice pace. You don't feel like you're being plunged blindly into the action. Of course the story isn't exactly new. While it still remains a brilliant premise and was no doubt unique in the 70s when the original was made, nowadays we've seen this type of thing many times before. Movies such as Rec, its remake Quarantine, 28 Days Later, its sequel 28 Weeks Later...

5/10: The Crazies neither drives audiences ballistic nor restores their sanity
Saturday, February 27, 2010

Even outside the fact that The Crazies is actually a remake of a 1973 George A. Romero film, I have a feeling most audiences still have the "infection" flicks of the past decade still fresh on their minds. Over the past ten years, we've endured quite a few and several have even packed quite a bit of wallop (28 Days Later, Planet Terror, etc.). While I feel Breck Eisner's 2010 redux of The Crazies isn't anything new in this regard, I still found myself entertained over the course of the 100 minute runtime.This may have something to do with the fact that I grew up in a small town in southern America not too unlike the isolated Iowa setting of the film and I can recognize the small town obsession and paranoia of larger political/governmental interests heaving themselves on the livelihood of small town folk and invading their way of living. That idea has been...

7/10: Exhilarating and terrifying
Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Crazies, a remake of a seldom-seen 1972 George Romeo film, is about a small town whose inhabitants drink tainted water and become deranged. The movie is slick but still terrifying, relying not only on wacked-out effects but also on unadulterated suspense to really rattle your nerves. At a Little League game in Ogden Marsh, Iowa, a man wanders into the outfield carrying a shotgun. When the man raises the weapon, Sheriff David Dutton (Timothy Olyphant) shoots him dead. But the man wasn't drunk, he'd just gone crazy. Dutton investigates further, with the help of his deputy Russell (Joe Anderson), and discovers that a plane carrying a deadly cargo has crashed into a nearby creek, thus poisoning the town's drinking water.From there, events quickly get out of hand, as anyone who'd drunk water from their taps becomes first listless and unresponsive, then mumbly, then completely unhinged. But that's only the beginning of...

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