The Crazies

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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

Sheriff David Dutton Timothy Olyphant
Dr Judy Dutton Radha Mitchell
Becca Darling Danielle Panabaker
Russell Clank Joe Anderson (1)
Deardra Farnum Christie Lynn Smith
Private Billy Babcock Joe Reegan
Principal Ben Sandborn Larry Cedar
Intelligence officer Glenn Morshower
Director Breck Eisner
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Momentum Pictures Guidance: Violence and swearing. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 26 Feb 2010

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