Faith-Family Film Review: The Crazies
By Catholic Office of Film and Broadcasting
The Crazies—A small-town sheriff (Timothy Olyphant), his deputy (Joe Anderson), the sheriff’s doctor wife (Radha Mitchell) and her office assistant (Danielle Panabaker) fend off their neighbors who have been transformed into homicidal maniacs by an environmental accident affecting the local water supply while also struggling to evade capture by Army troops bent on quelling the outbreak at any cost. A potentially thought-provoking parable about ecological irresponsibility and military excess in an emergency is lost amid the bloodletting in director Breck Eisner’s relatively lavish updating of George A. Romero’s low-budget 1973 horror exercise. Excessive gory violence, some gruesome images, at least a half-dozen uses of profanity, pervasive rough and much crude language. O — morally offensive. (R) 2010
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