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The Crazies (2010)

2010 film directed by Breck Eisner

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A non-offensive and watchable reboot of the original.

  • Feb 28, 2010
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A small Iowa town (filmed in Georgia) is in trouble.  A rash of mental cases coupled along with the intrusion of the military make life a living hell for the residents.  Caught in the middle of the madness is the town sheriff David Dutton (Timothy Olyphant), his wife Judy (Radha Mitchell) and Deputy Clank.  Why is the town being flooded with military personal and who are these mad infected people running around causing havoc?  Can these three make it out of the town and avoid the soldiers and infected or will they fall victim to the Crazies?

The Crazies is a 2010 reboot of the George A. Romero low budget cult film.  I found the film to be a  watchable take upon the original but it has neither the social political satire or the dark comedy.  Parts of the film were excellent whilst others were filled with too many cheap scares and other head scratching scenes that seemed to be part of a Michael Bay remake production.  Radha Mitchell looks too Aussie to pass as an American (see Melissa George and Rachael Taylor) and I didn't care for any of the subplots (especially the one involving the Sheriff's relationship with the town folk which I found to be too cliche, even for a horror film) and the lack of chemistry between the two leads.

Overall, I found the film to be a good time waster that was directed well and I really enjoyed the glossy production values.  But the civilian/government dynamic that was present in the original is missing.  Instead of putting a human face upon the reluctant government soldiers, they've become a sort of faceless and evil entity.  I know a lot of people put down the first film because of it's shoe string budget and cast of stage actors, but it had a realistic quality and charm to it.  I really miss the brilliant dialog and storyline of the original,  The reboot version is just a rehash of the recent post apocalyptic films (sans Zombieland which was nothing more than a chick flick masquerading as a horror film),

I don't find this film offensive as most of the recent remakes of horror films but it doesn't stand up to the original in terms of quality.  If you enjoy the new wave zombie/plague/living dead movies then you'll want to check this one out.  But if you're a big George A. Romero mark like I am then you'll wont be as forgiving when watching this one.  An okay film that is some good bloody set pieces but it has one too many cheap scares to rate this one higher than average.  Fans of the original make sure you keep an eye out for Lynn Lowery.  She has a very amusing cameo appearance.
A non-offensive and watchable reboot of the original. A non-offensive and watchable reboot of the original. A non-offensive and watchable reboot of the original. A non-offensive and watchable reboot of the original.

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review by . February 27, 2010
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3 ½ Stars: NOT
   I have only seen bits and pieces of the original “The Crazies” and maybe it would be a wise idea to see it again before I write this review. Zombie maestro George Romero directed the original 1973 horror film “The Crazies” and for once maybe it would be a good idea in refraining from comparing the remake to the original. The acclaimed horror director helped redefine horror with his “Living Dead” films and it is not surprising that this new slicker …
review by . July 27, 2010
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FUN ROMERO REMAKE
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review by . May 06, 2011
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review by . July 04, 2010
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review by . June 09, 2010
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review by . August 10, 2010
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review by . July 13, 2010
With all of the remakes, reboots, and re-imaginings of classic (and some not-so-classic) horror films, I was a bit hesitant to watch Scott Kosar, Ray Wright, and Breck Eisner's version of George A. Romero's semi-classic "The Crazies." Kosar and Wright updated the screenplay, moved it to a new location (Ogden Marsh, Iowa) and generally maintained the essence of the original film. Director Eisner keeps the film interesting by mixing equal parts of suspense and action with brief quiet moments between …
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This was okay this is something tat could happen in a little country community
review by . August 07, 2010
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Remake of the 1973 HORROR film directed by George A. Romero about a mysterious phenomenon that causes the citizens of a quiet Georgian town go mad. .

Filmed in the state of Georgia.

Executive Producer: George A. Romero.

  • Cast: Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, Danielle Panabaker, Joe Anderson, Christie Lynn Smith
  • Director: Breck Eisner
  • Genres: Action Thriller, Escape Film, Horror
  • Sahara director Breck Eisner teams with screenwriters Ray Wright (Pulse) and Scott Kosar (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) to give George A. Romero's underrated 1973 shocker a shiny new makeover in this update starring Timothy Olyphant and Radha Mitchell.

    Perform a Google search on "small-town America," and eventually you'll stumble across Ogden Marsh, a picturesque hamlet situated a safe distance from the nearest big city, and full of friendly faces. The citizens of Ogden Marsh are happy, albeit unremarkable people, but they're about to discover just how fragile their warm slice of the American dream really is. When a mysterious toxin transforms the locals into murderous maniacs, it's up to Sheriff David Dutton (Olyphant) to find out why a man who was once an upstanding citizen would attempt to massacre the local youth baseball team, and a caring father would burn his beloved family alive. Within hours the town has descended into total chaos, and the government has ordered it quarantined. Anyone who attempts to escape will be shot on sight, whether they're ...

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    Director: Breck Eisner
    Genre: Horror
    Release Date: February 24, 2010
    MPAA Rating: R
    DVD Release Date: June 29, 2010
    Runtime: 101 minutes
    Studio: Overture Films, Anchor Bay Entertainment
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