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  • Summary: A husband and wife in a small Midwestern town find themselves battling for survival as their friends and family descend into madness in The Crazies. A mysterious toxin in the water supply turns everyone exposed to it into mindless killers and the authorities leave the uninfected to their certain doom in this terrifying reinvention of the George Romero horror classic. (Overture Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 30
  2. Negative: 3 out of 30
  1. I greatly prefer this cleverly sustained and efficiently relentless remake to the '73 edition. It is lean and simple.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    Does what an exploitation movie should: It gets in, it scares you silly, and it gets out, all while playing fair by the audience.
  3. 70
    Despite a midfilm lull of his own, Eisner stages a series of nifty action sequences, nearly all of which feature a moment of surprise, as well as gruesome wit.
  4. An entertaining fright movie that’s crazy fun and full of genuine scares.
  5. Reviewed by: Dan Kois
    50
    What's disappointing about The Crazies, though, is the lack of care that Eisner and screenwriters Scott Kosar and Ray Wright put into their film's atmosphere. There's little in the way of Romero-esque dread; Eisner substitutes a grim lack of humor and frequent splashes of gore.
  6. 50
    To call The Crazies the most original horror film in a long while only serves to point out just how lousy mainstream, studio-released horror has become. It's a solid thriller, sure, but there's precious little in it that hasn't been seen countless times before, and in the end it plays it safe … by not playing it safe.
  7. Has warmed-over chills and a muddled, zombie-like execution.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Jan 2, 2011
    9
    I went into this movie with low expectations, but I actually loved this movie. Filled with good acting, good script, awesome gore, bloody action, and a really scary atmosphere, I highly recommend this. Expand
  2. DavidR.
    Mar 1, 2010
    8
    I went into this with quite low expectations. I thought the trailer looked good but fully expected just another run of the mill horror. I was very pleasantly surprised to find this film has some smarts. Its played straight for one thing - I've never been a fan of comedy horror - and it has some genuinely disturbing moments which I won't spoil by revealing. If you're not sure, give it a go. It won't be a life changing experience but I think you'll enjoy it. Expand
  3. Nov 19, 2013
    8
    The sequences of action are very well made ​​and will not let you look away, even if at times you feel not satisfied, in most of the film, it makes you believe. Expand
  4. ChadS.
    Feb 27, 2010
    7
    Russell Clank(Joe Anderson), Ogden Marsh's deputy, comes to terms with his erratic behavior; he's paranoid and has a trigger-itch temper, which are symptomatic of the "crazies", so the infected lawman creates a diversion in order for the Duttons(Timothy Olyphant & Radha Mitchell) to escape the military soldiers' notice. Hands in the air, Russell approaches the barricade, then provokes the army to take the first shots when he waves his gun in the air. On the ground, wounded, Russell's last words are, "F*** you. For what you did," which pertains to the systematic destruction of this small Iowa town, but could have more far-reaching connotations, as Russell could be a stand-in for some universal citizen who withstood a bevy of American military campaigns, in which heavy casualties were involved. It's no accident that "The Crazies" is set in the midwest, a region of the country where people are less likely to be contemptuous toward the direction of our foreign policy. "The Crazies" is no "Blue Velvet", but the opening scene that highlights a farmer traversing the baseball field with a shotgun, almost serves the same function as the famous opening montage in the David Lynch film. Instead of carnivorous bugs buried in the grass, a carnivorous government is responsible for something buried in the swamp. Ogden Marsh is a town full of patriotic ideologues. At a funeral home, the mortician sews shut the eyes of his clients, the very same people who proudly display the American flag outside their homes. Here, the filmmaker shows how having blind faith in the integrity of our government's actions can sometimes get you killed. Nobody blinks an eye when innocent people die abroad. But when a plane carrying biological weapons crashes in the swamp, the ideologues experience what the other "crazies" in the Middle East experience. Most pointedly, the Duttons and their two fellow travellers watch as a mother and her son are shot in cold blood, even though they might not be "crazy". "The Crazies" might not be a political movie for some, and that's fine, because even if the moviegoer watches it like a zombie, it also works as a superior suspense/thriller. Expand
  5. Jun 16, 2012
    6
    For what It's worth, it must be hard to make a zombie-esque film as they've been done like dinner. Overcooked and all! Did 'The Crazies' feature characteristic, horror film cliches? Why yes, it did. Truthfully it would be hard not too given the genre is overstuffed with these type of movies. However the finished product (in truth) turned out to be a lot more fresh and original than most living dead features these days. Not too shabby for a remake. As long as you're not expecting to bare witness to a Academy award-winning screenplay you'll be fine. Expand
  6. Aug 27, 2010
    6
    You will have seen this movie many times before and there was no real reason for a remake (since they didn't bother with updating the subtext much), but if the dawn of the zombie apocalypse holds strange fascination for you, you will not mind seeing ih again Midwestern-style. Far from great, this was still more fun than the latest two Romero offerings. Expand
  7. DonV.
    Mar 1, 2010
    4
    Cliche ridden and over stylised. Seen and now dismissed.

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