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The Crazies
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Jul 7, 2010 By: Daniel Rohr
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Director:
Breck Eisner

Actors:
Timothy Olyphant
Radha Mitchell
Joe Anderson

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
The movie opens with a small-town sheriff (Timothy Olyphant) killing the towns drunk at a local schools baseball game. The Drunk walked onto the field with a shotgun and was acting a bit off. More cases of people acting strangely keep on popping up and we learn that apparently, our government f*cked up and crashed a plane that released some prototype chemical weapons in the towns water supply. Now, half the town is kinda zombie-ish but still alert and aware of who they are (whenever the script calls for it, at least). One thing leads to another and the army seals off the town and herds everybody like cattle into a containment camp. Like every other movie ever made, that strategy doesnt work and the rest of the flick is spent following Olyphant and his wife (Radha Mitchell) as they try to make it safely out of town and to the nearest big city.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
THE CRAZIES has a bunch of really effective scenes but doesnt quite come together. The editing and scene transitions are a little too choppy to allow the audience to fully connect with the characters, and the sparse musical score reminded me so much of 2007s SUNSHINE, that I was itching to just turn this off and pop that in.

There is a great scene involving a flame thrower, and the car wash scene is easily the best horror scene I can remember seeing recently. The rest is pretty standard horror remake territory. Also working against the movie; they had a bunch of helicopters and these weird, zombie-like creatures but ZERO helicopter inflicted decapitations. Weak.

Timothy Olyphant is the Peyton Manning of actors who play small-town cops. He looks the part, talks the part and executes it to perfection. The difference between an athlete and an actor though is that eventually watching the same actor do the same thing over and over again can get a little boring. I can pay to watch Peyton throw a silly football every week because there is always something on the line but there comes a point where dropping some cash on the same Timothy Olyphant small-town cop role just isnt worth it.

Another downside to being perfect is that it makes a weak co-star stick out like a sore thumb. In the case of THE CRAZIES, that weak co-star would be his movie wife, Radha Mitchell. Youd think that a role that basically just calls for an attractive woman to curse and scream would actually be given to somebody who could, you know, curse and scream. Radha is no Miguel Ferrer (who said F*ck in ROBOCOP better than anybody in history has ever said F*ck), and she stumbles meekly over every f*ck or shit she has to let out. Maybe it was just a stylistic choice but her screams were all weak and understated and she never really got across the sense of urgency and terror the situation would arouse in a normal person.

I went into the movie with no real expectations and was neither blown away nor disappointed. The George Romero film (also called THE CRAZIES) it is a remake of has always been high on my list of movies to see but Ive never gotten around to it.
THE EXTRAS
Director's Audio Commentary: I went in wanting to hate this track because it's some grade A Hollywood Nepotism, with the director, Breck Eisner being the son of Disney's former CEO. Turns out though that the guy doesn't sound like some rich brat and comes off as somebody deserving of a directing job, and more importantly, competent. It's a very informative track.

Behind the Scenes with Director Breck Eisner: Your typical, run-of-the mill studio preview.

Paranormal Pandemics: Featurette on the evolution of the make-up effects.

The George Romero Template: Quick little featurette on how George Romero changed the horror genre.

Make-up Mastermind: Rob Hall in Action: A much more in-depth and better featurette on the make-up effects in the movie

The Crazies Motion Comic (episodes 1 and 2) If you like watching simple animation, then this adaptation of the story in motion comic form is for you.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Its not bad but its not all that great. Timothy Olyphant is fantastic, as always but the flick just never really gelled for me. The special features are all informative but not altogether memorable.
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