Starring Timothy Olyphant and Radha Mitchell
Two days ago, Ogden Marsh was just a township of 1,260 people in the middle of Iowa. Nobody noticed it, and it was content to let the outside world and its four-lane highways and designer coffees roll on by. But then, Rory Hamill walked onto the baseball field with a shotgun, and there was only one thing Sheriff Dutton could do. In the 48 hours since, Dutton (Timothy Olyphant) has seen three more bodies, two the wife and son of a killer now locked up in his jail and the other a drowned military pilot out in the river. But where's his plane? And why did he crash in Ogden Marsh? The remake of George Romero's 1973 flick The Crazies is a no-frills thriller. It's not exactly a zombie movie, even though that's what the Crazies are, in a sense. It's not a horror movie even though there's plenty of blood. But no matter what category you want to put it in, this is claustrophobic, smarter than it needs to be, and a pretty fun ride. Once Dutton realizes that these incidents - Rory, the pilot, the killer in lock-up - aren't isolated cases, he tries to plead with his wife (Radha Mitchell), the town's only doctor, to get out of town. Find somewhere safe, like with her parents in Cedar Rapids. He suspects that something has contaminated the water supply, and it's only a matter of time before the entire town is effected. But he doesn't know the half of it. The lawman and the doctor brave everything together, flanking themselves with the town's low-rent deputy (Joe Anderson) and the doctor's receptionist (Danielle Panabaker), andThe Crazies soon becomes like every other movie where a small group of people are running for their lives (OK, not The Happening), at least where it matters to move the story along. We don't know all the details and neither do they, there are close calls here and there, and it's obvious that not everybody in the group is going to make it to the closing credits.