Friday, August 6, 2010

The Crazies Review

The Crazies Review

Written by Scott Kosar (The Machinist) & Ray Wright (Case 39), Breck Eisner (Sahara) directs the re-make of George A Romero's The Crazies. Where in the middle of a small country town a virus is let loose in the water and people start to go crazy.

Timothy Olyphant (A Perfect Getaway, Hitman) plays Sheriff David Dutten, who after having shot a local who stormed onto the baseball field with a shotgun starts to release something weird is going on, people are starting to act crazy and a husband burns down his house with wife and child inside.

The plot starts of well but seems to drift of into a total different direction halfway through the film, making the second half less interesting than the first. The characters aren't all that interesting or likable, but they are believable characters for the situation. Ill give this horror movie props for not having a girl falling over constantly when running away from the bad guy as well.

Radha Mitchell (Rogue) plays Judy Dutten alongside Olyphant they play nice as friends, but didn't make much of a believable couple in a struggling time. There acting in general was average but Joe Anderson (The Ruins) as Davids Deputy makes up for that, giving a performance with emotion, which is rare for a horror film.

The film has some good cinematography in the first half but like the film seems to drag downhill in the second half. The special effects through out however are good, not over the top makeup effects or explosions.

I haven't seen the original Crazies but i do know this film goes of onto a different direction to the first, and I'm wondering if it really shouldn't have. I enjoyed the first half a lot more than the second, it stats out with a theme that seems interesting but disappears and goes of onto another direction halfway that seems to play out to stereotypical world disaster film. The Crazies is an okay, enjoyable horror film its not scary at all but is a fun ride.

Acting: 7
Writing: 6
Direction: 6.5
Production: 7

Overall: 6.85

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