Crazies, The (Review)

CRAZIES, THE
(2/26/10; Horror)
Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, Danielle Panabaker, Joe Anderson
SCR: Scott Kosar, Ray Wright; based on the 1973 screenplay by George A. Romero
DIR: Breck Eisner
MPAA: R for bloody violence and language.
1 hour 41 mins
BOX: $36,949,003

Remake of Romero’s cult classic retains the original idea of a small Iowa town (you know, the white picket fence, American values type) besieged by a rage virus after toxics get into the water stream.

It seems like zombie flicks are about as common as emo vampire stories these days, so it’s always refreshing when one of them can rise above the static. The Crazies ’10 manages to do that by being competently-directed, having decent scares and jolts of gore.

Olyphant and Mitchell treat the subject with respect and the production is a handsome one, even if it becomes very familiar after awhile.

(Overture)

— DENNIS WILLIS

Author: Dennis Willis

Dennis Willis is an award-winning producer, TV host, producer, director, editor (he preferred Avid until a torrid affair with Adobe Premiere, and the rest is history), author and film critic (print and radio). Dennis produced and hosted the TV programs Reel Life, FilmTrip, Soundwaves (1983-2008) and produces the annual Soundwaves Xmas program. He is currently the film critic on KGO Radio in San Francisco, and a member of both the San Francisco Film Critics Circle and the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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