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The Crazies (2010)

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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.

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Breck Eisner

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Olyphant ... David
Radha Mitchell ... Judy
Joe Anderson ... Russell
Danielle Panabaker ... Becca
Christie Lynn Smith ... Deardra Farnum
Brett Rickaby ... Bill Farnum
Preston Bailey ... Nicholas
John Aylward ... Mayor Hobbs
Joe Reegan ... Pvt. Billy Babcock
Glenn Morshower ... Intelligence Officer
Larry Cedar ... Ben Sandborn
Gregory Sporleder ... Travis Quinn
Mike Hickman Mike Hickman ... Rory Hamill
Lisa K. Wyatt ... Peggy Hamill
Justin Welborn ... Curt Hammil
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Storyline

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

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Welcome to Ogden Marsh, the friendliest place on earth See more »

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Rated R for bloody violence and language | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

26 February 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El día del apocalipsis See more »

Filming Locations:

Cordele, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,067,552, 28 February 2010

Gross USA:

$39,123,589

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$54,806,823
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2.35 : 1
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Lynn Lowry: Co-star of The Crazies (1973), of which this film is a remake, is an infected local riding a bicycle through the deserted center of town. See more »

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The majority of rural communities have wells, instead of municipal water services. Shutting down the water from the water tower would only have affected those people living inside of the town itself or those close enough to receive municipal water. It would have done nothing to prevent contamination from groundwater sources.

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[first lines]
Becca Darling: Um, Dr. Dutton, my aunt's in town.
Judy Dutton: Um hmm...
Becca Darling: And she's sick too.
Judy Dutton: Phew, I'm going to need you to stay late tonight. You know, you should probably text your aunt - Scotty - and tell him you can't make it to the baseball game tonight.
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Reasonably good depiction, realistically done, of something that MIGHT actually happen
22 March 2010 | by RichardSRussell-1See all my reviews

The Crazies (1:41, R) — Borderline, 3rd string, remake

Pretty sad that this retread is the best SF&F film of 2010 so far, tho still not one that I'd really recommend. Here Timothy Olyphant, in a big-screen stopover on his way between portraying a sheriff in HBO's Deadwood and a sheriff in FX's Justified, is cast against type as … a sheriff.

The film wastes no time getting right into the meat of the story, as the opening scene shows a town in flames, littered with wrecked vehicles. We cut quickly to "2 days earlier", opening day of baseball season in the little town of Ogden Marsh, Iowa (pop. 1260), as Rory Hamill, the town drunk — expressionless, disheveled, wearing grimy overalls — walks onto the field with a shotgun. The players scatter, and Pierce County Sheriff David Dutton (who apparently knows everyone in town on a 1st-name basis) walks out to calm Rory down and persuade him to put down the gun. It doesn't end well.

Over the ensuing day or so, a number of other town residents start exhibiting strange behavior: subdued, listless, forgetful. Some of them show up in the office of the town doc, Judy Dutton (Radha Mitchell), the sheriff's pregnant wife. But she can't find anything wrong with them beyond a slightly elevated temperature, and they agree. "{My wife} worries too much. I'm fine. Just a little tired.", says one man. Then, moments later, he says it again. He'll be the next one to wig out.

Intercut among the scenes of tranquil rural life are quick shots from satellite recon cameras and, later, from inside a mysterious black SUV with tinted windows. This gives us reason to think that there's more going on than, say, H2N2. This is confirmed about the time the sheriff does a little detective work to discover that the craziness is probably due to contaminated water flowing downstream from the village's eponymous marsh, and the overhead view gets an ominous new caption: "Initiate containment procedures".

From there on, it's the sheriff, his wife, his chief deputy (Joe Anderson as the decidedly non- Barney-Fife-like, competent, reliable Russell Clank), and teenage candy-striper Becca Darling (Danielle Panabaker) against the crazies themselves, vengeful relatives, panicky townspeople, well armed rednecks, and hordes of gas-masked soldiers who themselves aren't quite sure what they've been ordered to do but aren't about to take any lip from civilians, badge or no.

Things go to hell pretty realistically, there aren't any unbelievable heroics or faky jumpatchas, and there's a serious effort made to field a plausible scientific explanation for everything. Indeed, that very plausibility prompts me to classify this film as borderline, rather than pure SF, since it's something that arguably could happen in real life.

Does it all turn out OK in the end? That would be telling, wouldn't it?

George A. Romero executive produced this remake of his 1973 film of the same name, which was set in Pennsylvania. (You may recognize him as the man behind the original 1968 Night of the Living Dead and its many remakes and sequels. Apparently he's a guy who believes in milking the cow until she implodes.) I never saw the original, so I can't say whether it meets my standard test for whether a remake is justified, namely that the original idea was poorly executed but worthy of being done right.

The 2010 edition, considered all by itself, is reasonably good but by no means a must-see.


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