The Crazies is the newest “zombie” movie to be released this year. I use the term zombie cautiously because i’m not sure I would classifiy these infected crazies as zombies. On the other hand most people have been classifying these sprinters as zombies, Like those in the movie 28 days laters or the book Morning Star Strain. I’m going to jump on the bandwagon and call these crazies Zombie. There not by beloved shamblers but their close enough.
The Crazies is slated to come out in February 26, 2010. its a remake of the 1973 film which goes by the same name. a brief look at the credits shows zombie master George Romero as part of the writing staff which is a big plus… nein that a huge plus. The director Breck Eisner has been credited for a list of TV series and the 2005 movie Sahara (which I didn’t have mind).
The male lead David is played by Timothy Olyphant, he’s been in such films as Dreamcatcher, stop-loss and Live Free or Die Hard/Die Hard 4.0. Radha Mitchell plays Judy, you might remember her as agent Jennifer Peters in last years surrogates. The budget for crazies is set at around 20 million which is enough to make a decent horror movie take into account that George Romero had 16 million to make Land of the Dead and only a couple million to make Diary of the Dead. Intial reviews say The Crazies isn’t half bad Rotten Tommato gave it 62%. they noted that the acting by Raha Mitchell can be weak at times but over all the action and carnage is non stop.
The Crazies has two main subplots on one side you have the civilians struggling to stay alive with hordes of crazies chomping at their jocks and on the other side you have the military and governement officals struggleing to contain the Crazies while shooting everyone in site including the un-infected. The movie is about the inhabitants of a small Iowa town suddenly plagued by insanity and then death after a mysterious toxin contaminates their water supply. One man, his wife, a nurse, and the sheriff try to survive this plague, but the military is killing everyone on sight. They’re going to have to fight their way out, or die by either the plague or the military.