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The Crazies (2010)

2010 film directed by Breck Eisner

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  • Jun 9, 2010
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George A. Romero is credited all over as the king and father of zombie films for years he has given  moviegoers some of the most frightening and  definitive zombie films ever made  and it all began in 1968 with a little know black and white independent film called "Night of the living Dead"(1968). Which is cited as the films that jump started the zombie sub genre (and officially began   the zombie craze that has lasted far longer than it should have). Then in 1973 Romero came out with his second zombie another little know for film for its time tentatively entitled, “The Crazies".
George A. Romero's 1973 original  did not garner  much  acclaim  on its  release  it instead fell to the wayside and was just written off as another bad low class horror film I have seen the 1973 original and let me say this I was not impressed,   it lacked soul  and heart  to its story and to its characters. The no name actors  he hired were lagging and lacked any real talent for a film that is suppose to leave us petrified with fear(hmmmm.... Sounds like the horror films today no character, no story, just graphic sex and buckets of blood). That was almost a year ago I saw the original, it was strange that about the same time I saw it I also heard that Overture films had green lighted a remake of "The Crazies” with Breck Eisner to direct with Timothy Olyphant and Radha Mitchell as the leads. Naturally, I was skeptical, how can you turn an already bad movie into a good one? That was the question I was asking myself, that is until I saw the remake and all my doubts and fears were quashed.  
"Breck Eisner’s “The Crazies"(2010) at first glance may seem like your standard ordered, cliché epidemic/zombie horror thriller  when in fact   this re-imagining is something far more complex  this film  is   just as it sounds. Town’s water supply is infected with deadly virus that turns them into homicidal maniacs who go on a rampage and destroy everything and everyone they meet. “ The Crazies" is a dark, menacing, horror thriller that brings back fond memories of the good old days of horror when theses types of films were actually frightening and not comedy. What makes this film so effective is the care taken to the dialogue it flows so effortlessly it is as if the writers have done this a thousand times before, the dialogue is everything in this film it is what drives it. Now your probably thinking  that is what drives most films when in fact most films are either driven by  emotions(The Green Mile, A Walk in the Clouds and Titanic) or atmosphere( Sin City, BRICK, Blade Runner, Solaris).“ Its atmosphere drives the Crazies” if that fails the movies fails, the other elements that hold this film above water is the sheer intensity of the film. They are all on high gear and pushing it to the limit with a simple premise to create a film that substantially surpasses   the original.
I ma not a huge fan of the zombie genre, I really do not admire the films that have come out about the living undead the infected none of it seems to interest me very much. That is until I saw this film, “The Crazies" changed my whole opinion on zombie movies. It moves so swiftly and carefully across the screen it succeeds to entertain and thrill despite the obvious design flaws.
Timothy Olyphant is not a favorite of mine I like him but I do not think he will really go anywhere you may know him best as the villain from "Live Free or Die Hard" or as Rayland Givens on FX's gritty modern western drama "Justified.” He ha shad some very good film roles but he just does not seem to fit he profile of a great leading man  he seems to fit more like a villain or supporting actor but not as the lead. In "The Crazies" Olyphant gives a very convincing performance but it lacks conviction and power. Olyphant isn't bad but he isn't great either he is more good than above anything else  his performance is far more superior than many others  actors who have  taken lead in other horror films Olyphant proves he has the acting chops to pull off a role like this. Nevertheless, lacks the deep emotional conviction to make it work all the way, for what it is worth he did an excellent job. Radha Mitchell is a terrible actress and one movie at a time she is proving it with flawless precision and this film is no exception. Mitchell lags along and drowns  out almost every scene she is in  she is just a major eyesore and the sad part of it all is she is not even easy on the eyes that would have made it so much easier to bear  but sadly, it would not have helped her much. The rest of the cast all deliver good supporting performances in this tense horror thriller.
"The Crazies" will not appeal to every horror fan or every moviegoer as it is something they have seen before however,  it does serve up some nicely shot scenes of madness and chaos in the upheaval of a pandemic. This film  is not all the way original but compared to most horror thrillers and remakes that are released today  it is a breath of fresh air and to that is something of a relief to see  such a well made film   put up on the screen. "The Crazies" may not have everything you could want but for what it is, it is spectacular and to me one of the finest examples of how a remake should be done.
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October 21, 2010
This was actually a really good remake, great job.
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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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      THE CRAZIES      George Romero is by far a legend in the film industry and has crafted some of the best movies of all time, there is no doubting that. While he is still a very active filmmaker his past films have been being remade with more to come I am sure. One of those films is "The Crazies" a remake that he actually supported and came on board as an executive producer. I always have hope for a remake when the original creator is involved …
review by . January 21, 2011
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Somewhere in a remote stretch of Iowa, life as we have known it is about to end. A dramatic and surprising confrontation between a savvy small-town sheriff and what appears to be the reformed town drunk on a bad bender breaks up the high school baseball game. It also sheds the first light upon a sinister and lethal situation that has been brewing in the murky mire that lies beyond the attention of the public eye.     Sheriff David Dutten loves his hometown. He knows and respects …
review by . May 06, 2011
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To my knowledge, I have never seen the original release of The Crazies, in 1973, from George Romero. While I understand Romero can be sort of a sick twist, I think this release is more in tune with the times, making it a possibility, as all tweaking with the environment and DNA and so forth are. This version was directed by Breck Eisner, was nominated for 3 awards and carries an R rating for blood and violence. Comparatively speaking, the blood and violence isn't all that.      …
review by . July 04, 2010
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This relatively small-scale remake of George Romero's low-budget thriller manages to deliver a few thrills, here and there, but never manages to do much that is truly inventive or original, and certainly never manages to convince me that a remake of the ultra low-budget original was necessary. When the local drunk goes crazy with a gun at the local ballpark, and an ordinary man goes bonkers and burns his house down with the family locked inside, the local sheriff begins to suspect a pattern. When …
review by . August 10, 2010
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During a baseball game in a small town in Iowa an apparently deranged local man approaches players with a loaded shotgun. The sheriff shots the man before he is able to harm anyone. This incident is attributed to the killed man's history of alcohol abuse, but the whole town is nonetheless perturbed and unsettled. After another resident starts acting erratically and murders his own family it starts becoming obvious that there is some larger malevolent influence that is affecting the town. The …
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 …
review by . August 07, 2010
During a baseball game in a small town in Iowa an apparently deranged local man approaches players with a loaded shotgun. The sheriff shots the man before he is able to harm anyone. This incident is attributed to the killed man's history of alcohol abuse, but the whole town is nonetheless perturbed and unsettled. After another resident starts acting erratically and murders his own family it starts becoming obvious that there is some larger malevolent influence that is affecting the town. The sheriff …
review by . July 08, 2010
I found out from my dad that this was a remake of George A. Romero's The Crazies. Everyone I know who saw this movie liked it. It was definitely worth two hours of my time.
review by . March 04, 2010
THE CRAZIES is not a great film, nor will it likely even enter the "Hall Of Fame" of zombie-type movies. However, it is a tight, well-constructed and reasonably well-acted thriller that is more than worthy of a look.    In the small mid-western town of Ogden's Marsh, high school baseball season is just getting started. Everyone in town is there to size up the quality of this year's team...and frankly, life just couldn't get any finer. In less than 2 minutes, we get learn all …
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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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