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The Crazies (2010)

2010 film directed by Breck Eisner

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Redefining Senseless Violence

  • Jan 21, 2011

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 his fellow citizens, as does his wife Dr. Judy Dutten. So when friends and neighbors stop acting like themselves, it doesn't take this pair long to realize that something is seriously going wrong in their fair hamlet. The vigilant sheriff is swift to discover that the water supply is infecting people with madness and unleashing homicidal rage in homes and on the streets.

Of course, town officials aren't keen on recognizing a "few isolated incidents" as reason for panic though. Nor are they concerned about taking any effective action apparently. The brutally impersonal presence of the military hot on the scene doesn't improve the situation any either. The prime objective of everyone in a position of power appears to be containing and eradicating the issue before it spreads or draws greater media attention. Unfortunately for you and me, our government's clean up crew is very efficient... and not interested in saving lives.

                                                    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ My Thoughts ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

"Don't ask me why I can't leave without my wife and I won't ask you why you can." Sheriff David Dutten

George Romero and Paul McCollough gave audiences the original screenplay for The Crazies in 1973. I have yet to view that work so I cannot compare the two, but it is easy to see that they provided excellent bones for director Breck Eisner, writers Scott Kosar and Ray Wright, cast and crew to build on in this action-packed horror adventure. Fans of the original may enjoy the cameo by Lynn Lowry as she bicycles down main street in full blown Crazies mode, and the subtle homage paid to Romero's work by making the successful get away vehicle a 1973 Ford LTD police car.

Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, and Joe Andersen lead a talented and diverse cast as our obvious heroes, the Duttens and Deputy Russell Clank. I particularly enjoyed these characters as they broke out of the horror film norm by reacting to their situation as reasonably intelligent and perceptive people. Finally! The only break in this refreshing portrayal of human response to bizarre crises, takes place late in the film when David decides it would be OK to leave his wife alone outside of what used to be the staging area for saving uninfected citizens, a dark and seemingly deserted gas station plaza. And she seems to think that this is a dandy idea too! Everyone is entitled to make bad decisions though, especially under stress, so I was able to get past this glaring oversight rather quickly. I hope that this may be a sign that Hollywood is catching on that the horror genre definitely needs believable characters who don't respond automatically to danger like clueless sheep bent on self-destruction.

Overall, the plot is simple with no real surprises or twists. It is, in essence, a zombie flick and there is only so much you can do with that kind of theme. It is a new approach to the concept of zombie plague though. There are plenty of thrills too, and a decent amount of both action and gore with more realistic characters than we've come to expect from the horror genre. Tense, thrilling, engaging with great visuals and talented execution makes The Crazies a solidly entertaining remake that creates a new dish out of ordinary leftovers. The primary point to this tale could be boiled down to the thought that when our media chooses not to capitalize on random acts of public violence, we should really start worrying! Expect moments of brutality and senseless violence. Expect the majority of characters you are introduced to, to meet with a sudden, and possibly rather inventive, death. Expect the media to suppress the truth. Place your bets on who might be the lucky survivors, and just enjoy the ride!

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January 21, 2011
Yeah, I liked this quite a bit too. There were some rough spots and I guess I was just more relieved to see the movie not be one of those 'zomedies' that have plagued the genre lately. Thanks for the review!
January 22, 2011
I certainly liked it more than I had expected to, always a nice surprise :o) Glad you enjoyed the review and greatly appreciate you taking the time to read and comment! :o) wishing you laughter
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review by . February 27, 2010
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review by . June 09, 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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review by . July 08, 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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