The Crazies

7 Apr

Title: The Crazies
Year: 2010
Director: Breck Eisner
Writers: Scott Kosar and Ray Wright, basing it on the 1973 screenplay by George A. Romero
Starring: Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, Joe Anderson, Danielle Panabaker
MPAA Rating: R, bloody violence and language
Runtime: 101 min
Major Awards:
IMDb Rating: 7.2
Rotten Tomatoes: 71%

The Crazies is an intelligent film and a rare gem at that for two reasons, because not only are smart horror films a rare treat these days, but smart horror films that are actually remake of older horror films, that’s as rare as it gets.

It’s not a great film, it’s not up there with 28 Days Later and those other great horror zombie flicks (I specify horror because the comedy zombie flicks like Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland are way better) but it is good, and that, for me, is enough for this genre, a genre that has seemingly exhausted its reach and has resolved to turn in one crappy film after the next, and sure, director Breck Eisner isn’t treading new ground, but at least the ground he’s treading on is the one of the director of the original 1973 film, George A. Romero, and he was the guy that invented the zombie film.

So yeah, the zombies are out on the hunt, and we know how it goes from there, the main humans are the sheriff of the small town of Ogden Marsh, Iowa, his deputy and his wife, who’s also the town’s local doctor. You know how zombie movies go, you get a plot, you get a handful of human characters and you see them go through loud to louder to holy-shit situations that will make some people in the theater jump a bit in their seats, what I get from seeing this one is that it is really well-made, and horror films nowadays are horribly made so I’m grateful for this one.

This is another film that’s fairly easy to predict, and I’m guessing fairly easy to write and act as well, we get zombies, we get human heroes, we get some gross scenes, maybe even throw in a boob or two to give those looking for nudity in zombie flicks some joy and then we have a happy ending, again, easy to predict, write and act, but I’m guessing is that if the end result is as decent as this one is it isn’t easy to direct, and just for that, I’m giving The Crazies some serious kudos.

Grade: B


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