Just got out of an early morning showing of The Crazies here on the West Coast and I’m ready to talk some spoilers!
A reinvention loosely based on the George Romero classic of the same name, The Crazies is about the inhabitants of a small Iowa town suddenly plagued by insanity and then death after a mysterious toxin contaminates their water supply. The Breck Eisner film stars Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, Danielle Panabaker, and Joe Anderson.
I had a lot of fun with The Crazies. It was tense, had good suspense, had great pacing, was shot well and most certainly looked better than the $20 million budget would lead you to believe. The film definitely deserves its place among the ranks of well made horror/suspense films.
If you have seen The Crazies, then, it’s time for SPOILER TALK! Below are some of my spoiler-filled thoughts on the film, and as always, remember to leave your thoughts about the movie here below in the Comments section.
– I’ve never seen the original Crazies so I can’t compare, but I’ve been told the original had a ton of promise that it didn’t live up to.
- Joe Anderson was unrecognizable in this film for the most part and he deserves major props for his performance. You may remember seeing him singing and dancing to the Beatles in 2007’s Across the Universe. His American accent is perfect here, leaving no detectable traces of his British roots.
- The movie had some of the best kills I’ve seen in awhile. In particular the carwash hanging. I really love when directors/screenwriters come up with inventive ways of killing that we haven’t seen before.
- Along those same lines, you got a great sense that the characters were not safe in any location they were in. From a barn to a baby’s crib, to a restaurant, and even the aforementioned car wash never let me think the characters weren’t in imminent danger.
- The film can be viewed from one standpoint as just as great entertainment or from a different side as a political statement. I was told the original Romero film has a very anti-Vietnam message and this update can be seen as a parable about the United States’ current military agenda. The one scene in particular that stands out is with the remorseful soldier who insists he “didn’t sign up to shoot unarmed civilians.” The movie also references internment camps and the atom bomb attacks employed by the American military in World War II which I found chilling.
Now its time to share with the class: What did you think of The Crazies? How does this remake stack up to the original?