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|Directed by||Breck Eisner|
|Produced by||Michael Aguilar
George A. Romero
|Written by||Scott Kosar
|Music by||Mark Isham|
|Editing by||Billy Fox|
Imagenation Abu Dhabi
|Distributed by||Overture Films|
|Release date(s)||February 24, 2010|
|Running time||101 minutes|
The Crazies is a 2010 American horror film and remake of the 1973 film of the same name. It was directed by Breck Eisner, written by Scott Kosar and Ray Wright, and stars Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, Joe Anderson, and Danielle Panabaker. The story revolves around a town whose water supply has been poisoned by a deadly toxin.
In Ogden Marsh, Iowa, Dr. Judy Dutton finishes paperwork at the local hospital alongside employee Becca Darling while her husband, Sheriff David Dutton, enjoys a local high school baseball game. Dutton’s deputy, Russell Clank, spots Rory Hamill, a resident entering the outfield with a gun. David tries to get him to drop his weapon but is forced to shoot and kill Rory. David and Judy begin to notice strange behavior in other town residents; they are slow to respond to questions and repetitive in their answers. The next night, Bill Farnum a local farmer kills his wife Deardra and son Nicholas.
David and Russell investigate a dead soldier who is found in the woods and eventually find a crashed plane that has leaked a toxin into the water supply. Infected residents become extremely aggressive, attacking and killing other people. David tries to convince Judy to leave town but they are captured by soldiers and taken to a temporary military facility at the high school. Judy says that they are being checked for fevers and speculates the infection is a virus. An alert goes off when Judy is examined and she is taken away to be quarantined. She tries to explain that her fever is due to pregnancy, but is ignored and sedated. She wakes up strapped to a gurney as the perimeter of the facility is breached. The military personnel evacuates, leaving her and a room full of infected patients behind, including Becca.
Meanwhile, David escapes from a group of people being released and rejoins Russell. The two go to the high school and get there just in time to save Judy and Becca from the infected high school principal Ben Sandborn, who is killing the patients in their beds. The group begins walking out of town, hiding from both the infected and the military along the way. During their elusion of the military, the group is ambushed by a group of infected at a car wash and Becca is killed. Eventually, Russell begins to show signs of infection and then sacrifices himself so that David and Judy can escape.
David and Judy arrive at a truck stop to collect supplies and hopefully find a working vehicle. They learn that the military also killed those who were not infected, taking no chances that the incident might be exposed. They survive another encounter with the infected and escape in a truck as Ogden Marsh is destroyed. David and Judy reach Cedar Rapids. A satellite view of the Earth shows the words “initiate containment protocol” as they are entering city limits.
Much of the film was shot in Middle Georgia, and Lenox, Iowa, with settings including the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Priester's Pecans in Perry, Georgia, the Fountain Car Wash in Macon, Georgia, areas in Montezuma, Georgia, and Peach County High School in Fort Valley, Georgia. The film was produced and distributed by Overture Films. The special effects were created by Robert Green Hall.
Based on 130 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an overall approval rating of 72%, with an average score of 6.4/10. The site's consensus states the film is "Tense, nicely shot, and uncommonly intelligent, The Crazies is the rare horror remake that works." By contrast, Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 top reviews from mainstream critics, calculated a "mixed or average" score of 55% based on 30 reviews.
Michael Phillips of The Chicago Tribune awarded the film 3½ stars of 4 commenting that he "greatly prefer this cleverly sustained and efficiently relentless remake to the '73 edition. It is lean and simple."  Eric M. Armstrong of The Moving Arts Film Journal wrote that "The Crazies is a solid B-movie and one of the few remakes that actually surpasses the original." Ty Burr of The Boston Globe gave the film 3/4 stars touting the film as "extremely solid stuff – about as good as you could hope from a B-movie retread."  Variety film critic Dennis Harvey also praised the film, writing "While not a slam dunk, this revamp by helmer Breck Eisner (of the enjoyable but underperforming Sahara) emerges an above-average genre piece that's equal parts horror-meller and doomsday action thriller.
However, Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly graded the film a C, writing, "I don't care how this premise has been dressed up, we've seen it a jillion times before." Mike Hale of The New York Times wrote a mixed review stating "The filmmakers seem so determined to make a serious, respectable horror movie that they have only the bare minimum of fun." Amy Biancolli, writing for San Francisco Chronicle, wrote that the remake "boasts less plot and fewer characters than the original, but the hairdos are spiffier and the special effects have graduated from cheapo stage blood to the extravagant gross-outs that horror audiences now routinely expect."
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