The Crazies (2010) Movie Review


The Crazies (2010)

2010 | R | Horror, Thriller, Mystery
101 minutes /

User Score: 83/100

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The Crazies Review


About the inhabitants of a small Iowa town suddenly plagued by insanity and then death after a mysterious toxin contaminates their water supply.

The Crazies (2010) is a 1h 41-min rated R American science fiction thriller horror that was shot in several locations in Iowa, USA, and Georgia, USA. Director Breck Eisner (Sahara (2005), The Last Witch Hunter (2015), Thoughtcrimes (2003)) did an incredible job executing this film that is comparable to George Romero’s The Crazies (1973) but was different at the same time. Breck did a decent job keeping the audience guessing whether the Sherriff’s pregnant wife, Judy (Radha Mitchell - Silent Hill (2006), Man on Fire (2004), Pitch Black (2000), Finding Neverland (2004)) has the virus or not. Judy has been having a fever for about a week, and you see, the virus’ first symptom is having a fever so is she infected or not? Both movies gave us the same amount of emotions but had enough material to stand apart from each other by using different towns. George A. Romero was the executive producer of this film.

The Crazies revolves around a virus that was engineered by the United States Military for biological weapon use only but was accidentally released in the fictional town (Ogden Marsh) in Pierce County, Iowa. The Trixie virus accidently infected the town water supply and turned its victims into bloodthirsty depraved killers after a 48 hour incubation period. Sheriff David (Timothy Olyphant - Justified (2010-2015), Live Free or Die Hard (2007), Hitman (2007)) and his wife Judy who is the community doctor began noticing that several people in the town are displaying unusual behavior.

David and deputy Russell Clank (Joe Anderson - Across the Universe (2007), The Grey (2011), Control (2007)) discover a military aircraft that had crashed into the river some time ago. He decides the town water supply is contaminated and shuts off/down the town’s water supply, but he does not know that is the least of his problems. His small town lost communication services as soldiers started to take residents to a high school for examinations and quarantine. Judy, unfortunately, failed the test and is sedated and separated from David. David feels that he needs to get to the bottom of this and escape evacuation. He encountered Russell at the office, and they decide to help Judy escape but will they meet there in time as a mad doctor/scientist is killing the infected or those who did not pass the test one by one?

Timothy Olyphant gave us an incredible performance, and the other actors did not fall far below his performance. I was blown away by this exceptional movie that was done fabulously, but unfortunately, there was a little too many blemishes here and there that made the movie receive a score of seven. One of the best features was the makeup job which was almost flawless and convincing.

The Crazies was a cleverly relentless remake that was simple, nicely shot, intense and is one of the few remakes that I have seen that did a better job than its original. The Crazies is no doubt a movie that we have probably seen over zillion times before but think about it - what movie in present time is original? I felt that the plot could have been built up more and a few more characters would have added a nice touch, but the special effects were on point.

About The Crazies 2010

Title: The Crazies
Year: 2010
Runtime: 101 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 4.1/5 stars from 35 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 35
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Glenn Morshower, Justin Welborn, E. Roger Mitchell, Larry Cedar, Radha Mitchell, Wilbur Fitzgerald, Danielle Panabaker, Joe Anderson, Mark Oliver, Jay Pearson, Joe Reegan, Tony Winters, Lisa K. Wyatt, Anthony B. Harris, Justin Price, Anthony Winters, Cody Rowlett, Jeremy Ambler, Timothy Olyphant, Marian Green, Brett Rickaby, Lynn Lowry, Shaun Michael Lynch, Evan Michael Pinsonnault, Shaun Lynch, Pierce Gagnon, Lori Beth Sikes, Chet Grissom, Jade Moser, Brett Wagner
Writers: Scott Kosar, Ray Wright, George A. Romero
Director: Breck Eisner

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