Imagine living in a small town where everything is safe and happy…until suddenly it isn’t. Imagine your friends and neighbors going quickly and horrifically insane. In a terrifying tale of the “American Dream” gone horribly wrong, four friends find themselves trapped in their hometown in The Crazies, a reinvention of the George Romero classic.
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A small town in infected and it is so small, no one really cares about it except for the people who live there. I guess you could say if something happened, the army could just wipe it out and cover it up with something else. The movie was decent but as for a horror film, it had a lot of problems. The cast was decent. It mostly focuses on a few people. Timothy Olyphant; who I thought was good, but really didn't fit his part. Then you have Radha Mitchell who seemed to fit the park, but was a little off on her acting. You also have Joe Anderson who I personally enjoyed the most. He had a lot of emotional changes in the film and it shows. The zombies in the film were not the typical brain eating ones. This was more of a virus that basically makes people angry and not able to think. It just makes them want to kill anything that is alive and in return when everything is dead, they die themselves. The army was suppose to use it on places of war, but oops, it fell on this small town. The way the infected looked was pretty cool looking. They were not really warped looking, but more just looked like they had a disease that destroyed their body from the inside out. The story of the film had promise but by the end did not deliver and with some strange bad CG scenes, it just made it worse. But for the most part, you can tell what they are getting at and it can be fun to watch once.
This movie looked as if it would be pretty good. Sure, the setup was pretty standard (wholesome small town, decent sheriff), but the acting was good, the cliches were minimal, and the action started up fast with a nice creepy moment (that was shown entire in the preview--too bad).
But there was a serious inconsistency in the way the sickness taking over the town progresses. The 1st victims become semi-catatonic, then progress to a sort of intelligent rage zombie (homicidal and mindless, but cunning). Yet at other points we see "crazies" working together, having calm conversations (about plans to eat people...but they're just too rational). One character, realizing after several moments of irrational violence that he's "not right," gets to stay rational long enough to heroically sacrifice himself for the people he almost killed.
But the end of this film was so stupid that I absolutely have to break my no spoilers rule. SPOILER ALERT!! SPOILER ALERT!
Let me spell it out. It's a nuke. And the characters were less than a mile away. And one(at least) was looking directly at the explosion when it went off. And their car was picked up and thrown by the shock wave. And then they got out of the car, not only NOT BLINDED by the nuclear flash they looked at but NOT BURNED EITHER (also apparently not injured by the car flying through the air and rolling). And walked THROUGH THE FALLOUT to the next city, completely fine.