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Feature 7.0
Video 7.9
Audio 8.0
Special Features 8.0
Total 7.2
Distributor: Roadshow
Classification: MA15+
Minutes: 97
Reviewer: James Wright

7.2


The Crazies

The Crazies is a remake of the 1973 cult classic that saw a small town in America destroyed by a zombie-like infection. The mastermind behind this was of course writer/director George A. Romero, the granddaddy of Zombie films but just like all the other horror remakes of the 21st century, the director in charge (Breck Eisner) has to put their own touch on the story. Does it work? At times. Is it any good? Thatís debatable but after watching the film, it was like eating a candy bar, enjoyable at the time but ultimately forgettable. This was no Dawn of the Dead remake!

The story of The Crazies revolves around the townsfolk of a small town in Iowa called Ogden Marsh. One by one, the townsfolk are turned into crazed killers. The film begins with a BANG from its first scene that has Sheriff Dutton (Timothy Olyphant) shooting dead one of these crazies in front of the townsfolk during a baseball match. As the movie progresses, we soon learn that a government plane crashed in the river near Ogden Marsh which was carrying a deadly virus and to compound the situation, this river flows into the water supply of the town.

As the townsfolk fall victim to this infection one by one (Zombie fact #812), Dutton takes the lead and attempts to get his pregnant wife Judy (Radha Mitchell), Russell (Joe Anderson), his deputy and Becca (Danielle Panabaker), a receptionist at the local medical centre safely away from this madness. Unfortunately, the military are involved in order to thwart this outbreak, so Dutton and his team are fighting two fronts, the crazed zombie-like townsfolk and the military. Itís a classic zombie archetype story and thankfully the characters are quite relatable which makes this rather over the top story easier to swallow.

Video/Audio

The video quality is presented in 2.40:1 anamorphic widescreen that is acceptable on DVD but there is way too much grain for my liking. The transfer from film to DVD seems a little lacklustre as are the colours in this release. The audio supports Dolby Digital 5.1 which boasts clear dialogue, good use of surround sound and a very powerful soundtrack.

Special Features

For special features, this release is pretty damn impressive that boasts behind the scenes featurettes, commentary, trailers and a really cool motion comic that acts as a prequel to the movie. Lots of content here for fans or those wanting to know a little more about how this remake was created.

  • Audio Commentary with Director Breck Eisner

  • Behind the Scenes with Director Breck Eisner

  • Make-up Mastermind: Rob Hall in Action

  • The Crazies motion Comic Episode 1

  • The Crazies motion Comic Episode 2

  • Visual Effects in Motion

  • Teaser Trailer

  • Theatrical Trailer #1

  • Theatrical Trailer #2

  • The Crazies motion Comic Trailer

  • The Crazies Featurette: X Screening Video

  • Storyboard Gallery

  • Behind the Scenes Photo Gallery

In the end, The Crazies will leave you with a been there, seen that type of experience that doesn't add anything new to this genre at all. As opposed to the remake of Dawn of the Dead which left most viewers gobsmacked, The Crazies rests on its laurels a little too much and becomes just another archetype zombie film. The Crazies isn't a bad movie but it sits somewhere between good and mediocre that I'm sure most mainstream horror fans will enjoy but zombie lovers a little sad. 






 
 



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