I saw a screening of this and I wont give away too much of the movie but it is very good and has a good ending. I was kind of wary about going to see this because it was a remake of a quite good film but it was better than the original. There is quite a lot of jump scenes and the acting and dialog are very good. I watched both the original and the remake and the while I enjoyed the original, the remake is far superior. There is a lot of gore in this movie and it can become intense at times. The acting was believable. The ending is very well written and Overall, I enjoyed the movie and would <more>
Three 30-somethings and their "crazy" adventure pun very much intended lol (by dontlol3)
Wow, and right before the Oscars, right? I'd be willing to place a modest wager that the attendees and nominees of the 82nd Annual Academy Awards are thanking their boots that this movie isn't included in the 82nd Oscar circuit. But I'd only place a modest wager because I'm not usually much into gambling.The film follows three 30-somethings living "the rural life." But the country roads, hay rides, and good old fashioned apple pie the REAL America as I like to think of it isn't all fun and games when a mysterious thing happens to the town you'll have to <more>
watch the movie to find out what exactly, but I will tell you this much--it's "crazy" LOL .My favorite surprise was the leading lady, Judy. As a first-trimester pregnant character, she showed us once again that you don't need to be a size zero to be a star in Hollywood. Thank you, Judy!So when this crew of crazy 30-somethings finds out there has been some sort of outbreak, the story gets even crazier. lol . You'll have to tune in at your local theater to find out what happens next. Toodles!
i have only minor spoilers here, so read with no fear..I have not seen original movie, and so i'm judging 2010 Crazies on its own merit. The trailer looked promising, but i've also seen the Cop Out's trailer, and what a pile of garbage that is ! As we all know long time ago movie studios figured out how to cut a cool trailer for a totally hopeless flick, and have fooled all of us countless number of times since then.. what i'm trying to say is that i had certain reservations regarding Crazies, particularly given that decent zombiesque production is so rare, the last good <more>
serious American zombie movie was Dawn of the Dead, and that was 2004, right ? i am not counting Zombieland, which was terrific, but is pretty much a comedy The Crazies is awesome. Period. It had by far exceeded my expectations, and the next day i realized it is up there in the zombie hall fame along with 28 Days Later with a twist of 28 Weeks Later .. OK, may be it is not as good as 28 Days that was a masterpiece on many levels as well as the groundbreaking movie for this genre fast-running zombies ? who'd think ! changes all the rules of engagement, doesn't it ? , but it offers you equally honest and violent insight into the psyche of evil..The Crazies has an average running time, but seemed long to me 'good' long, not 'bad' long because they managed to fill the plot with so much content, and it constantly gives you something new..The movie opens with a scene of destroyed burning street of a small town, and you kind of think that this is how the movie will end, they gave you a glimpse of final mayhem, and now you'll see how it all came to this. But there is so much more there than one small town biting the dust.. and the burning street is just the half-time..There is the zombified murderous population, love and friendship constantly tested by deteriorating world, subtle social commentary, breakdown of civil order, inhumane, but somewhat understandable actions of military, large-scale quarantine, militia-type rednecks on a killing spree, and much more.. Main characters are constantly facing new enemies, and that makes Crazies way more entertaining than Dawn of the Dead.. and unlike most of zombie movies including Dawn of the Dead The Crazies gives you the perfectly plausible and logical explanation of why everything went total fricken bananas, and as far as i am concerned everything that you will see in the movie could happen tomorrow in our everyday real life, we just don't know what is sleeping out there in the dark..The movie is very intense, more than once you'll jump in you seat. It's well shot, all the visuals are solid and uncompromising.Unlike many zombie movies it does not suffer from the lack of budget and necessity to cut corners, it all feels real. The military, the biohazard troops, special forces - all look authentic and downright evil in their well planned but futile attempt to stop the spread of insanity, and they only fuel the fire.I gave The Cazies 10 stars, because there is nothing that i would change or improve if i could. It is realistic, persuasive, action-packed and thought-provoking look at how it all may end.. i just hope we are all more lucky than this..
George Romero's 1973 cult classic was a fun film. It focused a lot on the government and the scientists trying to figure out the cure. It also had some solid chaos in it. It was a very memorable low-budget film and when a remake was announced, I was not pleased.Boy do I love it when I am wrong sometimes! The Crazies remake was a fun film. It had the tension, the violence, subtle social commentary regarding how the politics in America work, and it was a fun thrill ride. What I loved most was the violence. The story was pretty faithful to the original and all it needed to do was up the <more>
violence. Great fun and it kept you guessing when things were going to turn bad. The tension was perfect. Easily one of the better horror remakes I have seen in the last few years. My only minor gripe with this film was the ending. I won't spoil it, but it felt a little lame to me. However, I liked the movie so much, I want a sequel! How crazy is that?!
Well acted, no stupid characters, decent dialogue, and very few plot holes. Why didn't this movie get more recognition? I remember being super excited for it to come out and it meeting all of my expectations.I would really recommend seeing this and adding it to your list of great horror movies produced in the 21st century. There are so few.
A completely worthwhile remake, it was CRAZY. (by ani-atrocity)
Tonight I saw the remake of 1973 film "The Crazies" and it was, actually, insane.Set in a small town in Iowa 'The Crazies' is not your typical zombie film, in fact zombies doesn't really describe the infected delights of this town. Using the traditional, 'widespread, contagious virus' set-up the storyline has the basis to be incredibly clichéd, and whilst it does have one of those really, you survived that? moments, it also has a fascinating level of realism. The actors, primarily Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell and Joe Anderson perform with a surprising amount <more>
of conviction making the film more horrifying than a majority of others in the genre. The screenplay Romero, Scott Koser and Ray White also meant that the characters were believable and allowed for a surprising amount of empathy, and for once I wasn't left begging for them to hurry up and die already.The cinematography was an odd mix of wonderful composition, ripped straight from art house sustained shots and conventional Hollywood action shots. Combining this with some pretty impressive special effects, realistic fire is always a plus in films used in some pretty innovative ways it makes the film absorbing to watch.The only bit I'm unsure of is the soundtrack; it's either really cutting-edge, or really contrived depending on how you like your horror. This isn't a big enough deal to have any real impact on the film. The film could also have a bit more gore, not that I wasn't clutching my stomach at some points the make-up is pretty impressive .Overall, this incredible film pretty much has everything, including some irony and some unexpected twists making it 101 minutes well spent. Oh, and try to say for the full time, because when you think it's over, it's not.
It is clear that the current cycle of horror remakes is far from over and the results so far have for the most part been surprisingly good. This trend continues with 'The Crazies'- a reinvention of George Romero's little-seen 1973 original. The plot is beyond simple: a biological agent gets into the water supply of a small town in Iowa called Ogden Marsh and turns the inhabitants into homicidal maniacs. Things get even worse when a US Army unit initiates a brutal containment operation where shooting first and not bothering to ask questions is the order of the day.The film wastes <more>
little time building up to the first outbreak of insanity and then chillingly portrays how the town's social fabric is obliterated at break-neck speed. There is an abundance of scary moments, inventive gore, and even some very black humor. Some moments are so intensely suspenseful that time seems to practically stand still. All the cast play their parts well; including Timothy Olyphant as the town sheriff, Joe Anderson as his deputy, and Radha Mitchell as the town doctor. The minimalist soundtrack is also strikingly effective. All in all, this film is a treat for horror fans and for anyone looking for an intense night out at the movies.
You'll be crazy about 'The Crazies' (by Ben_Horror)
A remake of the original movie made by George Romero in the 1970s, The Crazies tells the story of what happens after a highly infectious contagion finds its way into a rural water supply after a classified plane crashes and turns the previously down to earth townsfolk into violent rampaging killers – the 'Crazies' of the title. First off it's fair to say that the new version of The Crazies is a vastly superior film to the original. The story is very well set up and generally builds momentum at a nice pace. You don't feel like you're being plunged blindly into the action. <more>
Of course the story isn't exactly new. While it still remains a brilliant premise and was no doubt unique in the 70s when the original was made, nowadays we've seen this type of thing many times before. Movies such as Rec, its remake Quarantine, 28 Days Later, its sequel 28 Weeks Later and the Dawn of the Dead remake have saturated an already overcrowded market - with probably yet more to come. But while it's easy to say that the remake is just another in the aforementioned cycle of movies, it must also be pointed that when Romero did the original, he arguably invented a new genre just like he did when he made Night of the Living Dead: as well as 'the dead coming back to life' genre, Romero gave us 'the killer virus that turns normal people into insane killers' genre. The reality of the matter is by making those movies all those years ago, he was virtually inventing two types of story that would be mined again and again in later decades in everything from films and books to video games. If the aforementioned 28 Days Later is credited with the resurgence of the zombie flick, then it must also be acknowledged the debit it too owes Romero's original 'Crazies' film: this is no zombie flick. In both movies the victims are not the walking dead, but alive and kicking, albeit completely insane.While the production value is much bigger than the 70s release, the acting in the remake beats the original hands down. This is a movie with something for everyone: for the gals, there's Timothy Olyphant while Radha Mitchell supplies the goods for the guys. Playing the town Sheriff, Olyphant makes for a solid, likable and charismatic lead. Based on what he does here, surely A-list status and multi million dollar action roles are within his grasp. Similarly, playing his wife, Radha Mitchell brings a lot of gravitas and humility to her role and creates a very likable character. It's one of those rare moments of credibility – and good casting - where the chemistry between two principals is so strong, you actually believe they could be married in real life and because of this, you're rooting for them every step of the way while everything around them is going to hell.There are two definite stand-out scenes in the movie: one set in a quarantine area with a group of people strapped to gurneys while a previously carefree towns person lumbers around wielding a pitch fork is chilling, while another, set in a car wash where every slap on the windscreen is to be feared, is relentlessly claustrophobic. These aren't just great scenes, its great film-making. The Crazies is a very well made film. Even the age-old and rather hackneyed 'no signal for the cell phone' problem, typical in movies such as this, is solved very neatly here. Rather than having it as a throwaway line of dialog, it's worked effectively into the plot. Plus in another key moment that can only be described as jaw dropping, we get an overhead shot of a crashed aircraft in a deep swamp. For a remake, it's fair to say this movie has its share of surprises.Another major plus is rather than telling the story from the usual teen perspective, the movie defies protocol and focuses on the adults. A refreshing change from the usual teen canon fodder, this is a smart move and makes it more than just another 'teens on the run' flick. Also while we know the U.S. government is responsible for the crash and the subsequent outbreak, motives are still kept effectively obscure. No explanation is ever offered and the film is all the better for it. By keeping everything so murky adds an air of mystery and menace to the proceedings. One small criticism, though: the film opens with an unnecessary 'flash forward' to a blazing inferno of a town where we see flaming cars. Clearly this is the aftermath of whatever disaster is about to take place because then we see a 'Two Days Earlier' caption and the movie begins. This opening – brief as it is - does absolutely nothing to help the film. If anything it slightly lessens away the impact of what happens later because we've already had that small foretaste. However that's just a small complaint. Overall The Crazies is a well acted, entertaining and thrilling roller coaster ride of a movie. Everything moves along at a nice speed and the running time is not so long as to outstay its welcome. It delivers a good deal of jumps and scares, and is entertaining from start to the finish.
Having a horror film succeed on nearly every level is a rare manifestation these days; The Crazies is beyond slick, excellently acted, tense, is a remake that doesn't suck for once, and the to top it all? This re-imagining joins the exclusive club of a remake that trumps the original. And thoroughly at that No offence to the great George A. Romero who created the minor 'classic' back in 1973, but that movie was a poor effort in almost every capacity.Director Breck Eisner's Crazies is moody and smart with a great sense of humour about it. It never delves into <more>
self-seriousness, not tries to be overtly political. It evokes a sort of mash-up of Dawn of the Dead and Outbreak. There are some unapologetically relentless sequences propped by unbearable tension and horror and others of pure adrenaline fuelled mayhem and action. The marriage of horror and action that worked so well in films like 28 Days/Weeks Later succeeds here as well and has enough of a personal moral stance to not seem like a cookie-cutter studio product.In the quintessential hick town of Ogden Marsh, the small populous go about their normal hick activities; prepare for the spring plant, attend the popular town baseball games and for one young couple, prepare for the birth of their first child. David and Judy Dutton played superbly by Timothy Olyphant and Radha Mitchell are the town sheriff and doctor respectively both of whom are well liked in the close-knit township. Suddenly, strange things begin to happen. Townsfolk begin acting odd, prone to violence and murder and bodies begin to pile up. Soon, the town is in disarray and thing go from bad to worse fast with the arrival of government forces who quickly cordon off the town and become more terrifying then the crazies themselves. With his deputy, the sheriff does everything in his power to get his budding family out of hell in time.One of many things I admire about The Crazies is it doesn't pussyfoot around. There is no dull build-up in which all key characters are given an introduction. We are thrust into the action right off the start and get to know the characters as the panic ensues. Joe Anderson as the deputy gets the most interesting character arc; again I will make a comparison to 2004's Dawn of the Dead this time regarding the character of CJ which one could attribute a number of similarities, including a killer moustache. Radha Mitchell who is no stranger to horror films having starred in flicks such as Rogue, Silent Hill and Pitch Black among others is perfectly suited for the role of strong female protagonist. Olyphant who has ample charisma is also pitch perfect as the compassionate but driven Sheriff and I hope roles like this will get him the leading jobs he deserves.The Crazies also benefits from having to real villain; it is more a movie of circumstances than black and white, good vs. evil. The shortcomings of this film are those found in many horror movies. We get jolts of sound that accompany boo! moments, but thankfully this is secondary to the impending sense of dread that makes up the movies core. The very final scene is one we have witnessed so many times before and the only thing that's comes to mind as I continue to see it is that the director does not have enough confidence in the films effectiveness. Small quibbles aside this is one of the best horror films of the last ten years and stands as proof that if care is taken all horror remakes don't have to make us crazy.Read all my reviews at simonsaysmovies.blogspot.com