HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
Last Moment of Clarity
Fukushima 50
Dreams on Fire
Sing as We Go!
Burnt Orange Heresy, The
Craft Legacy, The
Eye of the Storm
Inflatable Sex Doll of the Wastelands
Where No Vultures Fly
Come True
Kagemusha
Justine
Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché
Madchen in Uniform
Fire Will Come
Suspect
Jailbreak Pact
News of the World
Dementer
Beyond Clueless
Stylist, The
Sky is On Fire, The
Wrong Turn
In a Year with 13 Moons
Blush
Strange Affair of Uncle Harry, The
Sinners, The
Tammy and the T-Rex
Archenemy
Zappa
Mindwarp
State Secret
Mogul Mowgli
Owners, The
Twentieth Century, The
Story of Gilbert and Sullivan, The
What Lies Below
Greenland
Broil
Dead Pigs
   
 
Newest Articles
Network Double Bills: All Night Long and Ballad in Blue
Chew Him Up and Spit Him Out: Romeo is Bleeding on Blu-ray
British Body Snatchers: They Came from Beyond Space on Blu-ray
Bzzzt: Pulse on Blu-ray
The Tombs Will Be Their Cities: Demons and Demons 2 on Arrow
Somebody Killed Her Husband: Charade on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Maroc 7 and Invasion
Network Double Bills: The Best of Benny Hill and The Likely Lads
Network Double Bills: Some Girls Do and Deadlier Than the Male
Absolutely Bananas: Link on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Hawk the Slayer and The Medusa Touch
The Price of Plague: The Masque of the Red Death on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Seance on a Wet Afternoon and Ring of Spies
Chaney Chillers: Inner Sanctum Mysteries - The Complete Film Series on Blu-ray
Adelphi Extras: Stars in Your Eyes on Blu-ray
Toons for the Heads: Fantastic Planet and Adult Animation
Nature Girl: The New World on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Perfect Friday and Robbery
Network Double Bills: The House in Nightmare Park and The Man Who Haunted Himself
Newley Minted: The Strange World of Gurney Slade on Blu-ray
Bad Love: The Night Porter on Blu-ray
Brevity is the Soul of Weird: Short Sharp Shocks on Blu-ray
Get Your Ass to Mars: Total Recall on Blu-ray
Call the Professionals: Le Cercle Rouge on Blu-ray
When There's No More Room in Hell: Dawn of the Dead on Blu-ray
   
 
  Crazies, The Breck Eisner finally displays a modicum of sanity with his demented new horror
Year: 2010
Director: Breck Eisner
Stars: Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, Joe Anderson, Danielle Panabaker, Christie Lynn Smith, Brett Rickaby, Preston Bailey, John Aylward, Joe Reegan, Glenn Morshower, Larry Cedar, Gregory Sporleder, Mike Hickman, Lisa K. Wyatt, Justin Welborn
Genre: Horror, ActionBuy from Amazon
Rating:  5 (from 2 votes)
Review: In Hollywood, Breck Eisner has a lot to answer for. He was the man responsible for Sahara, one of the industry’s biggest financial flops of the last decade. It was the kind of movie that could potentially bury a director’s career, being, as it was, both completely rubbish and a fiscal disaster. In Eisner’s case, however, it seems only to have relegated him to the ‘B-movie’ list. This, perhaps, is no bad thing: The Crazies, a remake of horror-auteur George A. Romero’s 1973 film of the same name, is exactly the kind of mid-budget production upon which Eisner can begin to rebuild a tarnished reputation, and that is exactly what this film should do for him.

Set in a pastoral, idyllic American midwest, the film opens with Johnny Cash twanging over images of expansive ploughed fields, ruddy farmers and two story homes. We are in agricultural, small town America; a whistle-stop that prides itself on its friendly sense of community and love-thy-neighbour morality. In Ogden Marsh, everybody knows your name. It is when these values collapse in on themselves with the outbreak of the mysterious ‘trixie’ virus that the film’s terror starts. Without giving too much away, the basic premise is that this virus turns those exposed into violent sociopaths, from whom not even their families are safe. Cue widespread panic and the disintegration of American family values.

We follow the plight of local sheriff David Dutton, played by Timothy Olyphant (Go; The Girl Next Door). Olyphant has played this role before, albeit a century and a half earlier, in HBO’s acclaimed frontier drama Deadwood, as the show’s moral touchstone Seth Bullock. While he was not the program's stand out actor - that honour goes to Ian McShane for his burlesque saloon operator, Al Swearengen - Olyphant turned in some good performances, giving this film’s character some antecedents of success. And this is important: if we are to invest ourselves in the film we have to be aligned with Dutton and his group of survivors (wife Judy, her assistant Becca and deputy sheriff Russell Clank), with their subscription to a loose, local sense of law and order in the fight for survival, as part of the movie’s sense of claustrophobia and impending doom relies on the bipartite threat of crazed townspeople and the equally menacing government shock troops. The local lawmen and their protectorate are our only hope of sanity.

This is very much a genre movie, and Eisner seems to be well aware of this. His camera sways, lurches and jerks around Ogden Marsh’s streets, constantly readjusting and reframing to evoke a sense of anxiety and at times slight nausea. This stylistic device is a horror movie trope, but is used to good effect here. There are also moments of black humour present: ‘did we or did we not request a transfer for him this morning,’ Dutton deadpans after a now crazed detainee snatches at him and Deputy Clank from behind cell bars. And any film that can properly capture the innate terror of the mechanical car-wash is alright by me.

Ultimately, this film is limited, it is fairly aware of those limitations, but that does not mean they are not present. It is good fun though, and quite a lot better than your usual Hollywood gore-fest. Eisner has made what should hopefully be recieved as a reputable picture, and go someway to erasing the blot on his resume that was Sahara.
Reviewer: Daniel Nixon

 

This review has been viewed 2759 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
  Chris Garbutt
  Sdfadf Rtfgsdf
Darren Jones
Andrew Pragasam
Stately Wayne Manor
Enoch Sneed
  Geraint Morgan
   

 

Last Updated: