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 isn’t 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. You’d 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 I’ve never gotten around to it.
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.