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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The Crazies (Directed by Breck Eisner)

Starring Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell and Joe Anderson

(IMDB link)

She said:

I haven't seen a good new horror film, let alone one at the cinema, so this film was a winner with me. It had a good balance of moments that make you jump along with suspense, tension and simple gore. It wasn't too heavy on any one element and it therefore sustained my interest during the whole film. For example if there is too much gore in a film then by the end you are desenitised. I like to leave the cinema with a little jolly spine shiver.

I would have liked a bit more of the back story to how this 'crazy virus' came about but then I am a sucker for back story! However the film was open-ended and therefore leaves many possibilities for both prequels and sequels. I have no doubt there will be sequels... all horror films become franchises which spew out sequel after sequel until the intial idea becomes arbitrary and sucked dry of any content. Not that I am cynical or anything.

I enjoyed the location and context for this film. Set in a sparse farming village in a rural area near Cedar Rapids the characters were oh-too-easy (in the good way) to be cut off from help: cut a few phone lines and hijack a mobile phone tower and kazzam! Creepy isolation. When outsiders do come in they are unhelpful and mysterious which created a good sense of tension and bewilderment. I think they could have emphasised this more though.

Overall I really enjoyed this film. The plot has room for development but it is made up in part by Timothy Olyphant's great acting (he plays the main character of the town's 'refuses to be helpless' sheriff). If you like a good fright then give it a go. I give this film <<<3.5 out of 5>>>

He said:
It would seem with a lot of the recent horror-genre films that have been released in the last few years that Hollywood has veered away from the scare in Horror movies to side more favorably with the expected gore. The Crazies is not an original idea (it is infact a respectful remake of George Romero's 1973 film of the same name) It is however a fun, scare you into clinging to your date's arm, throwing your popcorn,candy,drink type of horror film.

The character development was a nearly unprecedented amount for a horror film, not since we were first locked in a bathroom handcuffed to a pipe with only the loss of a limb via a rusted hack-saw as an avenue of escape, have I truly believed the fear that a character presented. Timothy Olyphant did an amazing job.

This isn't a film for everyone but it is a fun horror film. I enjoyed it from start to finish, like Helen I would have liked to see a little more background on the virus, but as she said, there is always a possibility of a sequel. I give this film a {{{3.5 out of 5}}}

They Said:
If your looking for a good scare see this film at night, it may not be the best horror film you have ever seen, but for us it was well worth the price of admission. we give this film {{{7 out of 10}}}

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