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The Crazies (2010)

2010 film directed by Breck Eisner

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Romero's Original Gets All Polished Up

  • Jul 13, 2010
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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 the primary characters.

The film starts at a baseball game in the heartland of America. During the game, Sheriff Dutton (Timothy Olyphant) has a tense encounter with a local named Rory Hamill, who pulls a gun on Dutton and the sheriff is forced to shoot him.

While at home with his pregnant wife, Judy (Radha Mitchell), Dutton considers the shooting death of Hamill. Judy consoles him and he eventually goes to bed. He's awakened early the next day by the fire department when they tell him another resident has set his own home on fire with his family in it. More bizarre events begin to occur as the day wears on. Some citizens begin to "zone out" while others begin to act out violently.

After a bit of investigating, the sheriff demands that the towns water supply be shut off. Then the military shows up and begins to lock down the entire area. Citizens are divided into two classes: those who show signs of the virus driving people insane and those who appear to be fine. The townspeople turn on the military and each other, and soon it's every man for himself. Dutton, his loyal deputy, Russell Clank (Joe Anderson), Judy, and her medical assistant, Becca (Danielle Panabaker), try to evade the military and the violent townsfolk in order to escape the chaos, but they soon find the odds stacked against them and their chances of survival quickly dwindle.

While many people want to classify this film as a zombie flick, I have to say that the "villains" in this film are a much more lively, much more terrifying bunch. The virus that affects the residents of Ogden Marsh makes them bloodthirsty and violent, but they manage to keep enough of their wits about them to become real threats to those who aren't affected. The infected don't lumber around in mass groups. Instead, they gang up and hunt those who haven't succumbed to the virus, often with revenge in mind. Others continue to do their normal daily routines and hobbies, but with deadly consequences for those who get in their way.

What I enjoyed most about this film is that Dutton and Clank aren't portrayed as stereotypically dumb lawmen. Instead, they almost immediately realize what the cause is for their neighbors and friends' bizarre behavior and attempt to save as many people as they can before the military quarantines the area.

Olyphant and Anderson shine as the lawmen in this film. Mitchell is sufficient, as is Panabaker in a somewhat small role. Supporting players such as Larry Cedar as the Principal Sandborn and Christie Lynn Smith as Deardra Farnum give solid, albeit brief, performances.

When you boil down to it, "The Crazies" is just one more "infection" flick along the lines of "28 Days Later." However, it stands above most of the other films in this genre due to smart characters, above average acting, solid direction, and a decent script. Recommended to fans of modern thrillers and anyone who's tired of generic zombie fodder.

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October 14, 2010
I liked this one too. the original had a lot more room to expand on so this remake could've been necessary. But maybe....the premise was too little too late. Nice review!
 
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review by . February 27, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
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
posted in Movie Hype
FUN ROMERO REMAKE
      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
posted in Movie Hype
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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The Crazies - 2010
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
posted in Movie Hype
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 . June 09, 2010
Welcome to Ogden Marsh, the friendliest place on Earth.........
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 …
review by . August 10, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
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 …
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
This was okay this is something tat could happen in a little country community
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.
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Despite looking extremely cool, I have to admit that I'm a dork. I grew up on the outskirts of the small town of Oberlin, LA. I have since relocated to the Lake Charles, LA area.I love my home state … more
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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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