The Crazies (2010 Remake)

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A small Iowa town begins to have a large problem when people begin mysteriously going crazy and committing acts of unwarranted homicide. The problem goes from bad to worse when the army quarantines the town because of a crashed plane that released a toxin code named “Trixie” into the water supply, a toxin that causes those infected to slowly die, but not before reverting to violent uncontrollable killers. Based on the 1973 movie of the same name.

These guys aren’t my general zombie types I like to hang around, but that’s not to say that I wouldn’t spend a day terrorizing a city with them if given the choice. The only personal problem I have is that they kill their victims far too quickly, and I don’t know if you know this, but the living taste horrible once they start to cool. Not that I wouldn’t eat the flesh of a cooling corpse as long as it hadn’t turned just yet, it’s just not as tasty as warmer flesh is to be perfectly honest. I prefer warm human flesh myself, but hey that’s just me.

Our crazy film (get it?) starts out in an idellyic small Iowa town (as if there is any other type of Iowa town in movie land) where the locals are gathered for a baseball game. All is well in this peaceful town up until one resident decides to spice things up by walking onto the baseball diamond with a loaded shotgun (an idea I rather loved, but the town’s residents didn’t seem to like none to much). When the town sheriff (Timothy Olyphant) tries to stop said disturbed man, he ends up having to drop the shotgun toting wacko before getting shot himself. Only a few hours later yet another otherwise normal individual decides to take family discipline to a whole new extreme by burning down his house, prompting Mr. Sheriff to wonder what is going on in his peaceful little villiage (people only kill people in big cities don’t you know). Enter the ever loving U.S. Army who quaritines the town and begins rounding people up for as yet untold reasons. What unfolds is a crazed (I really don’t get tired of the joke) journey for the town’s sheriff and a small group that managed to escape the army’s clutches to not only get out of town but uncover the mystery behind the what the military is really up to.

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{Our group of escapees}

One thing I never understand in most movies is why it takes so long for the main characters to figure out that something might be wrong. Are those killer monkeys terrorizing the town with glowing green eyes and spitting acid? It must be a problem with the local zoo, no big deal. Are all those missing people being eaten half away before they’re found? It must be a problem with the weather, no big deal. Are horrible screams being heard in the middle of the night right before a demonic light engulfs a whole house? Don’t worry it’s just old man Wilbur and his crazy inventions, no big deal. This time around that doesn’t happen. The sheriff in this movie actually has a brain in his head and surprise, surprise, takes the time to use it. It doesn’t take very long for him to figure out that something is seriously wrong with his town. For that matter, pretty much all the characters in this movie are well written. I found myself even caring about what was going to happen to the minor characters. Each and every one of them has a part to play and brings something unique to the table.

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{Wilbur is kind of a nut}

Another thing that impressed me about this movie is that there aren’t any useless slow down scenes that bring the film to a screeching halt in order to stretch the run time out. The film goes from beginning to end with a ton of action and a continually moving story. There are no overly touching scenes and unimportant lovey, dovey moments that drag the story down while our two main characters confess their undying affection for each other. I’m not rotting any slower here after all. I got places to be and people to eat. No movie would be complete without some kind of emotion though and this one is no different. However, when these emotional moments are brought up they are done in a way that actually expresses the love, pain, or loss without going over board, so there will be no teary moments for those of the sensitive side.

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{This is what counts for sad in this film}

The story is interesting enough to keep your attention though not all that much different than the original, the acting is top notch with some truly amazing actors that make you care about who you’re seeing on screen, but the atmosphere could have used a little bit of work. They went for creepy a lot of times but ended up coming away with just your typical horror movie darkness with some added smoke and fog. Still, it’s not a major complaint, just a little observation.

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{This however is very creepy}

I did have one real complaint though (don’t I always), but it’s kind of a personal one. The effects were great but a little sparse. I would have liked to see some more gore for a movie of this caliber. What was in the movie was done extremely well, don’t get me wrong, I just think that there should have been more than what was in there. They could have put so much more body slicing moments and it would have only added to what was going on in the crazy world of the…well, crazies.

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{The makeup for the Crazies is leaps and bounds better than the original though}

So how did the remake stack up to the original? I think I’m going to have to do a movie matchup to really get into but I’ll say this here, it’s leaps and bounds better than the original. It’s not nearly as boring, has a much higher caliber of actor, doesn’t have the constant screaming matches present in the original, has much better effects, characters are much better written, and did I mention it’s not as boring. I’m sure there are going to be a few Romero fan boys I’m going to piss off but the remake was far better than the original. I love the guy for what he did for zombies, but I’m not going to give him god like status just because of it.

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{He’s warning you to stay away from the original}

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{Still more enjoyable than the original flick}

In conclusion, I would highly recommend this movie. It’s a far better film than it’s predecessor.

 

 

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Directed By: Breck Eisner (Thoughtcrimes, Sahara)

Starring: Timothy Olyphant (The Girl Next Door, Hitman, Live Free Die Hard), Radha Mitchell (Pitch Black, Silent Hill, Henry Poole is Here), and Joe Anderson (The Ruins, Control)

Released By: Overture Films, Participant Media, Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ, and Penn Station Entertainment

Release Year: 2010

Release Type: Theatrical

MPAA Rating: Rated R

About The Undead Review

When I was alive I was an asshole and after I died remained pretty much the same, if not a little worse. You’d think becoming a member of the walking dead would mellow a person out, no more worrying about awkward small talk with people, no more having to be politically correct, and the entire world is your upright, bipedal buffet. Don’t get me wrong, it’s fun as hell to be a zombie, just somewhat irritating at times, especially those times you have to watch a lame movie or read a lame book. Thankfully, when I am forced to watch these films or read those books, I’ve got places like The Undead Review to bitch and moan to my heart’s content. {When he’s not devouring the living or sinking his teeth into a good film The Undead Review (Andy Taylor) spends his time writing his own stories or hunting down the paranormal. Oh, and did we mention his blind dog once saved the world?)
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