Parents' Guide to

The Crazies

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Gory, scary horror remake with anti-military message.

Movie R 2010 101 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 16 parent reviews

age 17+

Dissapoint movie.

Warning: Spoilers This is yet another re-make of a George A. Romero horror flick from 1973, that somebody obviously thought they could put a better slant on. They thought wrong. Yet another of these modern, cookie cutter horror flicks that substitutes cheap jump scenes and sudden loud bangs for real, effective scares, the film completely fails to generate any sense of fear or suspense, with a story that makes no sense and fails to get properly resolved at the end. Even with a really short running time, it manages to be a long slog to sit through, if it hasn't managed to send you 'crazy' by then.
age 16+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (16 ):
Kids say (29 ):

A remake of George A. Romero's 1973 Vietnam-era movie, THE CRAZIES retains all the social commentary of the original, but streamlines it and smoothes it into a regular horror film. It cuts down on the many talking and bickering sequences in the original, and turns the military men into faceless, voiceless spooks who are more or less the equivalent of the "crazies." In a way, the new film is perhaps even more direct in getting Romero's anti-military message across.

Though the movie relies a bit too much on standard genre conventions like jump-scares, last-second rescues, and characters splitting up to search for things, it makes up for it with a high standard of acting, mainly by Timothy Olyphant and Radha Mitchell as the married sheriff and doctor. Their realistic reactions to the horror around them are far more effective than any amount of shock imagery or bloody gore.

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