The Crazies (2010)

The Crazies: Directed by Breck Eisner. With Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, Joe Anderson, Danielle Panabaker. After a strange and insecure plane crash, an unusual toxic virus enters a quaint farming town. A young couple are quarantined, but they fight for survival along with help from a couple of people.

It’s a reboot / remake, I have memories of it being a sequel, but apparently that’s a fake memory because it’s not a sequel at all! It has a great opening song of “we’ll meet again” by the man in black and features a young Danielle Panabaker, who I always forget is a movie star on top if being a television star. In the original film, we we saw both side of the situation, military and civil, but in this one it’s just civil and is incredibly jarring. Directory Breck Eisner stays away from the modern horror tropes for the most part and never gives into the “more gore is better” nonsense that other directors fall for (lookin at you Rob Zombie), and the ‘crazies’ are still just people gone insane and not zombies. This 2020 release captures the the frantic energy of the original film, with the story moving at an extremely fast pace, the second two acts never really let up off the gas for very long and it ends with what I had hoped for in the original film, a nice big explosion, wiping out all the crazies.

or does it? There’s been no sequel and Eisner hasn’t done a ton of work since, one or two movies and a handful of television episodes, which is shameful, he was able to make a great movie here and I’d like to see more from him.

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