Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Crazies

Movie name: The Crazies
Year of release: 2010
Director: Breck Eisner
Stars: Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, Joe Anderson, Danielle Panabaker, Christie Lynn Smith, Brett Rickaby, Preston Bailey
Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller, Drama
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 6

Synopsis:Breck Eisner's third film, following the mediocre "Sahara" is a remake of the George Romero film of 1973, also named "The Crazies". The film focus on a small town in Iowa, one where crime hardly occurs. When some of their locals start losing their mind, the sheriff starts to investigate and finds out that a military airplane has crashed in one of the surrounding lakes and it's content has spilled over to the water supply of the city. Those chemicals start generating throughout the city a number of deranged and violent people, something that the army tries to contain. The sheriff and his wife, the local doctor, try to escape the nightmare.
Breck Eisner is intelligent enough to keep this film focused on the tension that the situation creates, making this a taut and exciting suspense film. The gore is kept to a minimum and the film smartly goes from situation to situation in a smartly written way. The director knows this story is a good metaphor for the way power and corruption is everywhere, but in good B-movie fashion, creates a horror film that elevates this state of discomfort to alert levels. The cast is good and believable, with Timothy Olyphant and Radha Mitchell doing a good job. Worth checking.