The Crazies

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Overture Films Released 2010

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Director:
Breck Eisner
Released:
2010
Rating:
R
In a terrifying tale of the "American Dream" gone horribly wrong, residents of a picture-perfect Midwestern town begin to succumb to an uncontrollable urge for violence when a mysterious toxin in the water supply turns everyone exposed to it into mindless killers. Sheriff David Dutton (Timothy Olyphant of LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD); his pregnant wife, Judy (Radha Mitchell of SILENT HILL); Becca (Danielle Panabaker of FRIDAY THE 13th), an assistant at the medical center; and Russell (Joe Anderson of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE), Dutton's deputy and right-hand man, find themselves trapped in a once idyllic town they can no longer recognize. Unable to trust former neighbors and friends, deserted by the authorities and terrified of contracting the illness themselves, they are forced to band together in a nightmarish struggle for survival in this reinvention of the George Romero classic.

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  • 70

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    Delivers the essential suspense goods with overall skill and a modicum of intelligence.

  • 50

    The New York Times

    Mr. Romero is executive producer of the new film. Unfortunately, it doesn't have his style or sense of humor.

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times

    The Crazies only ever amounts to genre-regimented madness.

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wine, Crime, Disaster, Slashers