Review: The Crazies (2010)

The Crazies. Director: Breck Eisner. Starring: Tim Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, Joe Anderson, Danielle Panabaker, Christie Lynn Smith. Written by: Scott Kosar, Ray Wright, George Romero

In an era of flu scares, this remake feels timely. It doesn’t seem entirely out of the realm of possibility that some virus could spread through a town and turn everyone batty. While the original played on people’s fear of the government, the remake of The Crazies wisely plays on people’s fear of widespread diseases and nasty viruses.

The residents of the small town of Ogden Marsh are being plagued by a virus that causes insanity. When the government swooped in to put the town on lockdown, Sheriff David Dutton (Tim Olyphant) and his wife (Radha Mitchell) try to escape along with two other uninfected friends. Mystery and horror ensue.

Is The Crazies a zombie movie? I guess that depends on what you consider a zombie. To me, zombies are reanimated corpses. There are no reanimated corpses in the movie. However, The Crazies has the look and feel and most of the tenets of a zombie movie. The classic zombie movie has hordes of mindless lurchers. The Crazies‘ lurchers aren’t mindless, they are just homicidal and crazy. They may not technically be considered zombies, but they are close enough.

This was one of the few occasions in which the remake surpassed the original film. It’s not because the remake was some sort of masterpiece, it was simply because the original was so inept. The remake is an adequately competent zombie movie, not great but pretty good.

So remember, no double dipping! You never know what nasty viruses you could be spreading in that salsa.

two fishbones out of four

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3 Responses to “Review: The Crazies (2010)”

  1. Aunt Suzy Says:

    yay! You’re back 🙂 (not that I’m going to ever see either of these movies, but I love your blog entries!!)

    • J. Marshall Says:

      thanks, it’s good to be back. Something was wrong with our phone line so we didn’t have internet for awhile. (and I wouldn’t recommend either of these movies unless you were a horror fan!)

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