Fri, Feb 26, 2010

: The Crazies

This is a surprisingly good film. I haven’t seen the original, so I can’t compare, but though it feels like a generic premise (mysterious virus makes townspeople crazy) and some aspects are familiar, it’s done in such a compelling manner it’s interesting. It reminded me a lot of the tongue-in-cheek Final Destination films in that it’s self-aware of its genre and plays on that. For instance, there’s a scene where the wife goes to the barn looking for her weird-acting husband and stands in front of a spinning combine and you’re positive he’s in the driver’s seat and is going to run her over in a gruesome death, but it’s just a tease. Another aspect that I liked is that the main story is not so much about surviving the crazy people, but doing that while outwitting the ruthless military types sent in to quarantine the area. That gives the story a different feel from the standard zombie flick. The ending is good, too. Not that there aren’t flaws in the film — it’s still a limited story and genre — but it’s good fun with a few thrills and characters you want to see succeed.

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