Review: The Crazies

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Genre: Horror Suspense
Directed by: Breck Eisner
Staring:Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, Joe Anderson, Danielle Panabaker
Released: February 26th, 2010


As a toxin begins to turn the residents of Ogden Marsh, Iowa into violent psychopaths, Sheriff David Dutton (Olyphant) tries to make sense of the situation while he, his wife (Mitchell), and two other unaffected townspeople band together in a fight for survival.


I really liked how this movie doesn’t just go for the cheap scares (though it will hop you out of your seat even if you do see the popup coming) but it also makes you fully aware of how close these people are, how this small town has a community of people who all know each other and how tragic it is to have them turning on each other. Its not just a day at the park with a perfect picnic lunch and then everyone is over run with zombie-like catatonic mudering crazy people. This hits the heart first, THEN chaos ensues. It matters.

The action keeps you going, and you really care about these people trying to survive.

And the core group trying to escape this insanity are TRULY faced with a sense of impossible odds. The hoplessness is just tangible. It just doesn’t end, and even though they are running every plot point just illustrates that they really don’t know where they are running to.


There are a few logical plotholes that kind of go unnoticed, but start to bug you afterwards. Its hard to point these out without spoiling, but the people “watching” the town are so easily able to track them, but are completely incapable of finding our survivors?

The whole idea that they are able to hide this from the rest of the world bugs me and seems completely implausible. But then it is a movie about zombie like crazy people – still I want it to make sense.


A fun suspenseful movie with some great action, some zombie-esque horror and a great cast. You really feel for these people and that is a quality I think many horror films forget about. Killing off faceless strangers doesn’t make you empathize with the horrors they are facing.

Oh, and there is a stinger after the credits, so if you go, stay in your seats. It kind of ties up a loose end about the coverup, but one I can’t see people just shrugging their shoulders to and saying “Awww.. That’s too bad”

I give The Crazies a 8 out of 10

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21 thoughts on “Review: The Crazies

  1. Saw it last night to welcome in the Halloween day and was surprised by it being a decent movie. Zombies a popular now-a-days more than previous years (so the newspapers say) and this one had a different angle on the infected and how they killed and such, but in the end it’s the same ol’ Government tests/poison gas etc. But this one goes down as a worthy effort in my book.

    Liked it

  2. Want my honest opinion? Umm, the new layout’s a bit weird…..

    …..but like Facebook, we might just get used to it… any rate, I love the BO collections of the movies on the side, that’s really cool…..the Archives look wicked cool, as well…..

  3. I know him now, Not bashin’ the guy, he just looks like that josh guy.

    I do the same thing with Tom Skeritt and Cris christofferson (wIRES CROSSED).

    Hitman was good

    1. I don’t know if you’re talking about the star, but if you are, please be aware that Timothy Olyphant has been making movies for 14 years, starred in Hitman and played the villain in Live Free or Die Hard. Excuse me for disagreeing, but he isn’t just “some guy who looks like” Fergie’s husband.

  4. I thought that the movie was great, not like all other stupid zombie movies. These “crazies” actuaqlly had characteristics as if they were still human i thught the plot was fantastic and overall a great horror movie

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