The Crazies

The Crazies

Breck Eisner (2010)

97min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Even horror maestro George A Romero admits his 1973 cult favourite wasn't a satisfactory treatment of the devastating effect a biochemical disaster has on a small town. So this upgrade from Sahara director Breck Eisner is a much more worthwhile remake than most. In an expert reinvention, sheriff Timothy Olyphant and his pregnant wife Radha Mitchell try to escape the deadly virus that's turning the local population into zombie-like psychopathic killers and spreading faster than the panic it creates. Appropriating many iconic images from the original, Eisner buffs them up and puts the suspenseful action on a far bigger canvas by using wide-open spaces to superbly creepy effect. The horror moments are equally well staged and sustained, with the car-wash attack a particular highlight. Not only is the film effective in making points about potential quarantine dangers, but also in how they could be horribly mishandled, and it's all frighteningly underlined by the shocking finale.

Summary

The sheriff of a quiet little town investigates a series of unexpected murders, trying to work out what could have driven seemingly normal, well-adjusted people to kill. He discovers that a toxic chemical has turned many of the townsfolk into bloodthirsty maniacs, leaving those unaffected battling for survival. Horror remake, with Timothy Olyphant and Radha Mitchell.

Cast & Crew

David Dutten Timothy Olyphant
Judy Dutten Radha Mitchell
Russell Clank Joe Anderson
Becca Darling Danielle Panabaker
Deardra Farnum Christie Lynn Smith
Bill Farnum Brett Rickaby
Nicholas Preston Bailey
Mayor Hobbs John Aylward
Director Breck Eisner
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Momentum PicturesGuidance: Violence and swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 26 Feb 2010
Drama