Film Score: ⭐⭐1/2
Released by Overture (now Anchor Bay)
Release Date: February 26th, 2010
Starring: Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, Danielle Panabaker
Written by Scott Kosar and Ray Wright
Directed by Breck Eisner
Rated R (bloody violence and language)
David Dutton: You know what?Russell Clank: What?David Dutton: We're in trouble.
You see I am not the biggest fan of Romero. I can appreciate his Dead movies, but can only take so much of them. His other movies I have either not seen or thought were pretty bad. I understand that a lot of his movies have a political satire to them and I can dig that, but I think that a lot of his movies are just subpar.
The story is pretty simple: a small town is besieged when the towns people start acting weird. We know it is a small town because there is an onscreen map that tells us what the name of the town is and what the population is. I could have done without this map, but it does lead you to be that there is a bigger conspiracy going on. Anyway, during a baseball game, the type of baseball game where the entire town shows up, a man walks onto the outfield carrying a shotgun. The sheriff, played with the always clenched jaw by Timothy Olyphant, tries to talk the man into dropping the gun, but ends up shooting him instead.
From here the movie becomes kind of like Cloverfield. Not with the home video style camera work, just how the movie progresses. In Cloverfield the characters had to get out of the city before it is nuked. Here its the same thing only there is no giant monster. Olyphant saves his wife and tries to find a car that they can use to get out, but the army has booted all of the cars. I found this to be kind of funny. Why would they go and boot all of the cars if they were going to nuke the town anyway? I know its because someone who is hiding could get out of town and spread the infection. But why boot the cars? The infected person could just walk away and get out. The army sets up no road blocks.
I liked the movie to a certain point. The movie doesn't waste any time with character development and gets right into the action. In some movies I like this, but here it would have been nice to see the small town before all this happens. I like movies about small towns. They inspire hope in me, but why place the movie in a small town if we are not going to see how the town works and what the people are like? This movie could have been set almost anywhere and we would have gotten the same results.
The Crazies is a serviceable horror movie that contains a few scares, some nice gory moments, and a downbeat of an ending. I would recommend this movie to those who like things like that. To everyone else I can only say that if you saw the trailer then you saw the movie.