The Crazies (2010)

Overture Films presents The Crazies (2010)

“I saw a movement!”

“We’re in a car wash … everything is f*ckin’ moving!”

divider

Life moves at a different pace in Ogden Marsh, Iowa.  That is, until a downed military airplane carrying a to-be-decommissioned biological weapon crashes and contaminates the water supply.  Soon after, the once neighborly population begins tearing itself apart.

Overture Films presents The Crazies (2010)

The 2010 Breck Eisner remake of George A. Romero‘s The Crazies lends itself well to modernization.  In a world where everything can be monitored, tracked, and analyzed from a safe distance, Big Brother has never been more omnipotent or terrifying as when the US military rolls into the sleepy town of Ogden Marsh and starts detaining its population.

Starring Radha Mitchell and Timothy Olyphant as husband and wife, David and Judy, The Crazies is an intimate horror film that begins innocuously enough on a Spring day and then quickly unravels over the course of a nightmarish, chaotic 3-day period.

Overture Films presents The Crazies (2010)

The Crazies is relentless and terrifying on personal, psychological, and primal levels.  The filmmaker’s practically use every technique in their toolkit to bring the fear to the audience – they confine the characters, they confuse them, they challenge them, they put them in death’s grip time and again.  All the while, always giving them (and you) the sick hope of being saved.

It is truly depraved … and delicious storytelling.

While this is done in other films, to greater extent, The Crazies holds back just enough to keep the plot moving at a steady (and interesting) pace without overly fatiguing the viewer with a bunch of shock and awe.  Don’t worry, there’s plenty of gore, and shock, and awe, but never at the expense of maintaining a solid storyline.

Overture Films presents The Crazies (2010)

What I like about The Crazies is the lack of information the viewer really has about what’s happening, who’s infected, and who’s to blame.  Is the toxin airborne, is it blood borne, can you only contract it if you drink the water?  And really, when it happens, you know it’s over.  At least, for them.  The sense of dread is imminent and terrifically inescapable – as the final moments of the film will reveal.

Add to this the intimacy of the small town setting and you have a great character drama, something refreshing, and uniquely uplifting, for a film in the genre.

divider

theCrazies_boston

divider

there's more to explore

“Viral” site: The Crazies

Wiki facts: The Crazies

Watch or Buy The Crazies (2010) on Amazon

Watch or Buy The Crazies (1973) on Amazon

How did the remake of George Romero’s The Crazies do at the box office?

Is The Crazies rotten or fresh?

Advertisements

3 responses to “The Crazies (2010)

  1. I enjoyed The Crazies. Its just different enough from a zombie movie or a standard horror movie. Its also got a great central actor, the highly under-rated Timothy Olyphant.

    • Hey, Ben! Thanks for dropping by. I agree. I’ve enjoyed many of Olyphant’s performances over the years and his turn in the remake of The Crazies is solid. I really enjoyed your take on the film. Have you seen the original version?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s