Crazies, TheOverture Films
2010
R

“Don’t ask me why I can’t leave without my wife and I won’t ask you why you can.”

As a toxin begins to turn the residents of Ogden Marsh, Iowa into violent psychopaths, sheriff David Dutton tries to make sense of the situation while he, his wife, and two other unaffected townspeople band together in a fight for survival.

I’ll start things off by stating I haven’t seen the original The Crazies as of yet. Yeah, I know, normally I like to try and watch the original before tackling the remake. But, I was hanging out at my sister and brother-in-law’s place, they popped it in, and we had a nice watching party, there. Like I was going to be a jerk about it; it’s not a strictly set-in-stone policy I have. Besides, I didn’t have to spend anything to watch this, so that’s a bonus.

What I do know about the original movie: It was released in 1973, and was written and directed by George A. Romero (who, incidently, was the executive producer on this remake), and set in Evans City, PA. And that’s it. Can’t really compare the two, so here’s where the comparisons end in this review of the remake. And so we’ll get on with this, shall we?

The Crazies, as a movie, is relatively decent. It has a good creepy vibe about it, and the pacing is a steady build-up. The rural Iowa setting for the most part worked fairly well for the story, though there were a few characters I wondered even knew what a “Midwest accent” is. Essentially, the story is the “small town beset by a secret bio-weapon accidentally released” trope, leaving a couple of the townies to deal with the wackiness before the government deals with the problem in the only way Hollywood thinks they do – by blowing things up.

Overall, The Crazies is an okay way to waste 90 minutes or so. I kept hearing from various conversations from associates and coworkers about how intense and scary this movie was, and my thoughts were always, “yeah, right.” After watching this, I’ve once again come to realize that my gut instincts about things like this are to be trusted completely. Greatly underwhelmed was I, but still amused. I’m beginning to wonder if I’m not so much a jaded horror fan, as I am a horror fan that exists on a higher plain than most novices that dwell in my area of the country. Hey, it’s not egotistical when it’s fact, there.

The Crazies remake is a decent one-night rental, that really is enhance when viewed with multiple friends, and not much more.

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