Sunday, August 1, 2010

The Crazies (2010)

Fear 1/5
Gore 2/5
Entertainment 2/5
Creepiness 0/5

This is a remake of George Romero's 1973 film of the same name. And to be upfront - I have not seen that film, though from reading the basic synopsis on Wikipedia I think I might. It also appears to be much different than the rewrite here.

For some reason I was expecting this to be kinda good. The marketing pumped this up to make it appear as though there would be buckets of gore and a lot of action - similar to the remake of Romero's Dawn of the Dead which I loved. There is neither. Instead, it's a very simple survival story, similar to 28 Days Later or even Return of the Living Dead, except with bad acting, bad dialogue and a run time that feels longer than it is.

I don't really have a lot to say about this film. It was just boring and loaded with characters making poor decisions for the sake of creating 'excitement' in the story. You know what I mean: "Hey, why is that hanging chain swinging a little bit over in that very dark corner on a day where I have been fighting off crazy murderers all day? Guess I need to walk over and see." Dumb shit like that. It's a dud, the whole movie.

PS - it's about a small town in Iowa that becomes the accidental victim of a toxic disaster. The town is quickly quarantined and the toxins start turning people intp maniacal, bloodthirsty butchers. The sheriff and his deputy assume superpowers and fight them and the US Government off (more or less). There is a blonde girl who tends to slow the guys up. You get the idea.

Skip. Pass.

- Complaint Dept
A completely different take from Cortez the Killer:


Atroxion said...

I kinda disagree with you on this one. I thought it was actually a very decent remake, especially in times like these. The Fear and Gore grades were definitely well-deserved, but I thought this movie was highly entertaining.

I also gotta mention that I hated Rhada Mitchell's character with a passion.

Dr Blood said...

I agree with your review. The pacing was a mess and it was totally predictable. Just another "apocalyptic virus" movie and a boring one too.

Cortez The Killer said...

I posted a link to my take on it. I respectfully disagree my dear partner in time.

I thought the pacing was great and more importantly, the characters in this film vs. Romero's original, were more fleshed out. And you actually cared about them.

J. Astro said...

I didn't think it was a complete "dud", as you put it, but I am inclined to agree that there's not a lot to say about it, either. It's technically competent, I felt like this flick didn't do a whole lot that either the original or similar themed films since, like the 28 DAYS LATER or QUARANTINE/REC "infected sub-genre", haven't done better. I sold my copy of this several days after viewing, not out of anger or disappointment, just out of simply knowing full well I'd never feel the need to revisit it. This is a "see it once and shrug and go on with your life" affair, to be sure.

Strange Kid said...

I skipped this one in theaters due to "remake overload," but have to admit that I rather enjoyed in on DVD. Especially since I've never seen the original film, I think that fresh perspective helped to prevent me from viewing it with any preconceptions.

For me it sits somewhere alongside The Hills Have Eyes and Texas Chainsaw Massacre remakes as a solid effort.

Emily said...

I was really mixed on this one. There were some little things I liked--like how the town was called "Ogden Marsh" as if it were referencing Ogden Nash's "water water everywhere but not a drop to drink" for pretentiousnes maybe?--and how it was about likable adults as opposed to teenagers. Still, there were so many scenes that just ended with 'character you didn't know was there firing a gun with perfect aim,' plus several acts of violence where I couldn't figure out what exactly was going on. I think this is a case where the script was adequate and direction just not quite refined enough.

Carl (ILHM) said...

I have your back, yo! I thought this was a steaming pile, atrocious dialog with barely passable acting and directing. It is so god damned boring watching the survivors walk around and hide for over an hour, and the timing of events is entirely unrealistic. How does the infection take hold of the city, the gov quarantines everyone then evacuates, and the entire population is killed within 1-3 hrs?? Fail.