Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Crazies

It's nice when a B-picture in a less than reputable drama turns out to be a pleasant (wrong word) surprise. The Crazies, a remake of zombie king George Romero's 1973 film unseen by me, brings the goods. It tells the story of a small town that is slowly being taken over by zombies. The cause of the zombie takeover is even more sinister then the zombies itself, and the town sheriff, his deputy, his wife, and her assistant are soon on the run from the zombies in an effort to find out the truth behind the attacks. This is not a movie masterpiece or a modern classic, but rather just a good horror movie that gets the boo! moments right and constructs some other situations nicely as well. Timothy Olyphant in the lead, is an actor I've come to like, as he doesn't seem to overstep his acting boundary, or reach to far. He seems comfortable in his B-movie roles as a small town lawman, and I say if the shoe fits then wear it. The Crazies is a nice little time waster an a nice little (though not pleasant) surprise.