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The Crazies (2010)

The Crazies

Overview


Genre

Thriller, Action, Sci-Fi

Release Date

February 26, 2010

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

101 min.

Production Budget

$12 millions

Studio

Overture Films

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Breck Eisner

Producer

Michael Aguilar, Dean Georgaris, Rob Cowan

Screenwriter

Ray Wright, Scott Kosar

Starring

Story


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 directed by Breck Eisner from a screenplay by Ray Wright (Pulse, Case 39) and Scott Kosar (The Amityville Horror, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre).

David Dutten (Timothy Olyphant) is sheriff of Ogden Marsh, a picture-perfect American town with happy, law-abiding citizens. But one night one of them comes to a school baseball game with a loaded shotgun, ready to kill. Another man burns down his own house ... after locking his wife and young son in a closet inside. Within days, the town has transformed into a sickening asylum; people who days ago lived quiet, unremarkable lives have now become depraved, blood-thirsty killers, hiding in the darkness with guns and knives. Sheriff Dutten tries to make sense of what's happening as the horrific, nonsensical violence escalates. Something is infecting the citizens of Ogden Marsh ... with insanity.

Now complete anarchy reigns as one by one the townsfolk succumb to an unknown toxin and turn sadistically violent. In an effort to keep the madness contained, the government uses deadly force to close off all access and won't let anyone in or out - even those uninfected. The few still sane find themselves trapped: Sheriff Dutten; his pregnant wife, Judy (Radha Mitchell); Becca (Danielle Panabaker), an assistant at the medical center; and Russell (Joe Anderson), Dutten's deputy and right-hand man. Forced to band together, an ordinary night becomes a horrifying struggle for survival as they do their best to get out of town alive.

Pictures (16 photos)


Brett Rickaby, Timothy Olyphant and Radha Mitchell in Overture Films' The Crazies (2010)
Radha Mitchell stars as Judy Dutton in Overture Films' The Crazies (2010)

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..Not crazy enough..”
by Mike Hale [NY Times]
“..a taut horror film..”
by Bill Goodykoontz [Arizona Republic]
“.."The Crazies" only ever amounts to genre-regimented madness..”
by Robert Abele [LA Times]