The Crazies (2010)
It’s been a few years since I’ve seen this movie, but when thinking of films that people may not have seen that they should check out this month The Crazies came to mind.
The Crazies is a remake of a George A. Romero movie from 1973, although I didn’t realize that when I saw this edition and still haven’t seen the original to be able to compare it. So know that you have two options when it comes to this storyline, but I recommend checking out the 2010 version from the now defunct Overture Films on which Romero served as the executive producer and co-writer.
Sheriff David (Timothy Olyphant) and his wife Judy (Radha Mitchell), the community doctor, lead the cast of characters who begin to notice erratic behavior by their fellow townsfolk. When a military aircraft is found in the town’s water supply source, it becomes clear that the drinking water has been contaminated and is then believed to be the source of the insanity befalling the residents of Ogden Marsh, Iowa. It’s not long before communication services are lost and the military arrive and immediately start quarantining the community. But as the Trixie virus spreads, chaos takes over and the uninfected must find a way to survive.
Although this falls into the realm of zombie movies, the director Breck Eisner’s vision didn’t match with their commonly thought of appearance. Instead he instructed the make-up artists to go with a “hyper-alive” look that would focus more on an under the skin infection type look with protruding veins and blood vessels.
This movie is just good and creepy. You can feel your heart race as you watch characters in hiding as the insane people slowly move around them ready to pounce at the slightest movement. There were several jump moments, and definitely had its share of hold your breath scenes. After watching the movie, I felt that I’d had a good entertainment experience; and was impressed by how well they were able to keep the intensity of the drama consistent throughout the film.
So if you’re on the look-out for a turn off the lights and have an eerie good time film, look no further.