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The Crazies Review

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3.0

Dave White Profile

Crazy-ish Read full review

3.0

Jen Yamato Profile

Chaos (and Timothy Olyphant) reigns. Read full review

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  • 3.0
    55

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    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Here's what I can say for sure about the humanoid attackers in the new version of The Crazies: They're not very interesting.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Familiar B-movie fare, but it's also lively fun and presented with well-paced flair.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Part zombie movie, part apocalyptic bioterror, part military conspiracy thriller, the refit hybrid doesn't stint on the visceral kicks demanded by contemporary audiences while remaining reasonably true to those Romero roots.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal

    The big difference between Mr. Romero's film and Mr. Eisner's--which is so intelligent you fear the fanboys will scatter--is that Mr. Eisner never gives us the military's point of view. All we know is what David and Judy and Russell know, which for a long time isn't much. And The Crazies is all the scarier for it.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    I greatly prefer this cleverly sustained and efficiently relentless remake to the '73 edition. It is lean and simple.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Gory, scary horror remake with anti-military message.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that THE CRAZIES is a violent, somewhat cynical remake of a 1973 film by famed horror director George A. Romero. The tense movie is filled with strong language, disturbing images, i.e. grisly piles of mutilated and burned corpses, as well as blood, jump-scares, and other frightening moments. But despite this, and the over-reliance on genre clichés, the movie contains some interesting ideas and should spark some good conversation between parents and older teens about the role of the military in society and the human instinct for survival.

  • Families can talk about the violence in the film. Did the movie's high body count have a shocking or a numbing effect on you? Why or why not?
  • Which are worse, the "crazies" or the military men? Why? What message about the military do you think this movie sends? What role does the military play in our lives, past and present?
  • In the movie, there's no way to tell when someone first comes down with the virus. How far would you trust a friend or a family member in this situation? Talk about humanity's instinct to survive.
  • In the early scenes, Becca tells an outright lie to her boss so she can meet her boyfriend. Do you still sympathize with her after this? Why? Is it ever OK to lie?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The movie carries over the Vietnam-era social commentary from George A. Romero's 1973 original, which is that the military is just as bad as -- if not worse than -- the maniacal, homicidal "crazies." Wherever the heroes go, they must look out for both kinds of attackers. There are no suggestions for improving this situation. It could be argued that the heroes fighting for their lives and exhibiting compassion and love in the face of true horror is an admirable quality, but the overall theme of the movie trumps their efforts.

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    Role models: After a military experiment spreads a deadly virus around a small Iowa town, sheriff David Dutton, his wife Judy, the town doctor, and deputy Russell Clank show bravery and selflessness in the face of horror. They remain devoted to their duties as long as they can, and brave dangerous situations to rescue one another. When the time comes to run, they try to help as many other people as they can. Their optimism eventually runs low, but for the most part, they keep their chins up and work to overcome an impossible situation.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Horror imagery and violence abounds, though the most disturbing imagery comes in the piles upon piles of grisly, burned or otherwise mutilated corpses. One of the scariest sequences occurs in a military tent as men in hazard suits run weird medical tests and forcibly separate loved ones (including a mother from her child). Huge amount of gun violence, including shootings, killings, and threats. Also head-whacking with a blunt instrument, an attack with a bonesaw, stabbing with a pitchfork, a knife through a hand, an attacker set on fire, and bodies burned with a flamethrower.

  • sex false1

    Sex: No onscreen sex. The action focuses mainly on a married couple. The wife is pregnant and they occasionally kiss, hold hands, and touch each other in comfortable ways. A teenage girl has a secret boyfriend, but we only see them together in one scene, where they hug.

  • language false4

    Language: There are many instances of both "s--t" and "f--k" with some uses of "Jesus Christ" and "Goddamn" as exclamations.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: The "Valvoline" logo is prevalent in one shot.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: One character is described as a drunk, but we never see him or anyone else drinking. No drugs or smoking.

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