The Crazies

A contaminated water supply infects the inhabitants of a small town, making them insane.
United States
United Arab Emirates
2010
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Government: 
Army
Relative: 
Father
Catastrophes: 
Apocalypse
Biohazard
Explosion
Extinction
Fire
Fluids: 
Water
Infected: 
Contagious
Irradiated
Diseased
5.04
A good kind of crazy!
5.04
5.04
8
8
2
3
3
Performances
Plot
Effects
This is the remake of a 1973 film by the same name. It is, in every possible way, better than the original installment, yet it could be so much better. Its weaknesses were also a disappointment the first time around, namely the fact that most of the main characters are either soldiers, cops or some kind of authority. The film could use a warmer approach.
They’re neither zombies nor vampires, but they’re contagious. We assume that the villains in this are infected by a bacterial disease carried through water because that's what we're told. What’s spreading is half way between rabies and an infectuous mental disease. Like in the original film, the damage is already done when the film starts, so things are depressing and stay that way until the end.
The second half redeems the first one. That’s where they crammed all the good stuff! Timothy Olyphant cares for this film and makes it as entertaining as he can, no matter how dark and hopeless the story gets. The best scenes involve the “crazies” setting traps for Olyphant’s character, his wife and his buddy. This is the kind of stuff that justifies a remake. It's the monsters we want to see.
Alternate Titles: 
The Crazies Remake