Crazies, The (2010)
Ogden Marsh is a small town in Iowa where nothing special ever happens. When the town drunk suddenly arrives at a baseball game with a gun, Sheriff David Dutten is forced to shoot him. Little later, another local, Bill Farnum, decides to burn down his house with his wife and kid still in it.
While Dutten tries to make sense of what’s going on, the US military arrives and seals off the town. The inhabitants are rounded up and split up between those affected and bound to either die or go insane, and those that seem unaffected.
Dutten’s wife is pregnant and therefore has a high temperature which results in her being separated from her husband. Dutten escapes and heads back into town to rescue her, but an attack on the military camp there has freed everyone and the crazies are running rampant…
Sound and Vision:
The Crazies comes with image quality that’s of reference quality. The black levels are solid, detail is sharp, colors are a bit subdued but can be vibrant at times, fleshtones are accurate and the minor grain you get to see here and there only adds to the filmic experience.
The audio quality is truly demo material with good use of all channels for sound effects and music score. Dialogues remain crystal clear despite the loud sound mix.
The Crazies is a remake of George A. Romero’s classic from 1973 and just like Zack Snyder did an excellent job in doing the remake of Dawn of the Dead, Breck Eisner delivers a great remake of The Crazies.
From the first minute until the last second the tension is present and you get really immersed in what’s going on. The acting is really top notch and Timothy Olyphant does an excellent job.
We’re being flooded with remakes and reboots these days, but hardly any are truly good. Luckily The Crazies stands with head and shoulders above all of those. Romero can be proud with Eisner’s adaptation of his work! Definitely one to check out.
The image and sound are also reference material but unfortunately A-Film decided to leave out all the extras that are present on the region 1 version. Quite a shame!