Sunday, July 4, 2010

The Crazies (2010)

I'm a bad horror writer, and I've actually never seen the George Romero original of this.  Ooops.  And I'm usually not one to see box-office horror hits as they are typically lame.  But I like Timothy Olyphant and apocalyptic nonsense, government fuckups, etc. so I checked it out.

This was actually a pretty good movie.  For those who don't know the story, The Crazies is about a small town that falls into turmoil due to a strange infection that either kills people, or makes them homicidal maniacs.  Timothy Olyphant is the county sheriff, David, and Radha Mitchell is his wife and the town's physician, Judy.

David becomes concerned for the town's safety when the village drunk stumbles onto a crowded baseball field with a loaded gun.  Even more shocking is when his blood alcohol comes back as 0%.  Judy begins to worry when her office is busy with people complaining of strange symptoms that can't be explained by tests.

The town quickly deteriorates as more people become infected, and the government flies in and takes over. As it turns out, this infection is the result of a type of biological warfare that was being flown to Texas to be destroyed.  Unfortunately for everyone involved, said plane crashed in a nearby body of water which supplies drinking water to the town.  Bummer.  And now the government is commandeering everything, stuffing everyone into busses, and planning on killing residents with elevated temperatures.  Will anyone be able to escape the deadly quarantine??? Dun dun dunnnnn.

I would definitely recommend this movie.  There was plenty of suspense and gore, along with some fireball type action.  The end sets it up for a Crazies 2 and I wonder why nothing can be left alone without sequels these days.

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