Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Crazies (Breck Eisner)

'Excuse me. I really need a ride into town'.

Film Review Archive (date seen: October 24, 2010)

One of those well-made horror-thriller remakes considered superior to the original (the others I can think of were "The Hills Have Eyes" and "The Last House on the Left"). Though I thought a sheriff as a protagonist (played by Timothy Olyphant) was an obvious, immediate choice to fill in the shoes of the central character, it was performed well by Olyphant, and though his physical stature may easily belong to that of a larger-than-life hero (remember, he played "Agent 47"), he has added a considerable amount of vulnerability, giving the "edge-of-your-seat" factor a notch higher than the usual.

Its title "The Crazies" is more or less an eponym of the film's abhorring, almost mutant-like killers, but may also pertain to the military itself, playing god with science, only unleashing hell afterwards.

The original "The Crazies" was made way back in 1973, but when you look at it, although how extreme the treatment of the film has been, it's also a sharp, fear-inducing social satire much relevant today as it was 37 years ago. Think about it. "Biological Weapon". "Genocide". Much, much more, isn't it?


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