2 Mar 2010

The Crazies

Director: Breck Eisner

Cast: Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, Joe Anderson

Year: 2010

Genre: Horror / Thriller


Cinema-Reader – 7.0
IMDB – 7.4
FilmAffinity – 7.1

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Cinema-Reader Synopsis:

Ogden Marsh is a small town in Iowa in which everybody is friendly and life is peacefull and quiet.

However, Sheriff Dutton (Timothy Olyphant) and his deputy (Joe Anderson) discover a plane crashed onto the reservoir that supplies the whole town with water. Owing to this mysterious crash that no telly channel reported and nobody seemed to care about, people start behaving in a weird way; start going mad.

Since the first happenings, Sheriff noticed that a kind of biological disease contained on the plane and transmitted by the water supply is turning all Ogden Marsh inhabitants in psycho killers.
Is then when both law enforcements along Sheriff’s pregnant wife Judy (Radha Mitchell) begin a frenetic getaway from their former “lovely” neighbourhoods as well as the army which is trying to secure the perimeter and isolate the disease by using heavy hand methods.

Cinema-Reader Review:

Blur adaptation of film upon horror’s king George A. Romero classic of the same name (in which Romero himself takes part as co-writer).

Although this movie doesn’t bring nothing new to such an eyed nicked genre horror has became in recently years, is worth mentioning that this film is able to do something that previous “horror” movies (i.e. Dairy of the Dead, Land of the Dead, Resident Evil sequels…) didn’t get: scare the shit out of me.

Besides still far from the tension and anxiety created in moments by Danny Boyle in 28 Days Later, however overtakes what Fresnadillo made afterwards in 28 Weeks Later (despite the promising as well as thrilling beginning of the 28 sequel).

And this is because of the touch given by a genius of this genre; the person that set the standard on all horror movies that came up after him: George A. Romero.

And this might be seen in how the viewer feels the anxiety of the characters in some scenes. This might be noticed in how viewer is involved in the fear like being within the motion picture.

Summing up, this is ought to what George A. Romero means, an aurea of greatness printed within the perturbing script.

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