The Crazies (2010)

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The Crazies
Poster design by GP London (courtesy of IMP Awards)

I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by this film, and I liked this more than I thought I would. It’s probably due to the zombie-like nature of the film, also its not a million miles away from reality. I can quite easily see a Government doing military/scientific experiments with unknown side-effects. Whether we all turn into “the crazies” is yet to be seen.

If it’s one question this movie raises then its how far the government can/do go to in the name of humanity. Is it right to sacrifice 1000 lives to protect 1 million lives or more? And what if you were part of those 1000 that were being sacrificed, would you be willing to give up your life or kill your nearest and dearest knowing they may affect many thousands of lives? This is exactly the dilemma faced by the residents of a small town, Ogden Marsh, Iowa. The towns’ water supply is contaminated after a plane carrying government toxins has crashed in the nearby river.

Scene From The Crazies
Courtesy of Theiapolis Cinema

So a routine day for Sherriff David Dutton (Timothy Olyphant) turns into a nightmare as slowly the locals that have drank the tap water start turning insanely violent, and the body count starts to rise. As usual, where there’s a government conspiracy the military aren’t far behind, and it’s not long before Ogden Marsh turns into a military camp to quarantine the residents and prevent the virus getting out. The effects of the virus range from violence to zombiesque. The day gets from bad to worse as news reaches Sherriff Dutton that the town is to be annihilated, it becomes a race against time to save himself and his wife before the inevitable happens.

It was an enjoyable movie, although the only downside was that it probably needed a few more “crazies”. I think if you like films with zombie-like tendencies, you should very much enjoy this movie.

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