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The Crazies

Year: 2010
Production Co: Overture Films
Studio: Paramount Vantage
Director: Breck Eisner
Writer: Scott Kosar/Ray Wright
Cast: Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell

I'm sure this film was greenlit because of the current hunger (pardon the pun) for all things zombie, even if the monsters of the film aren't strictly undead.

The residents of a cute Midwestern township start going insane, viciously attacking neighbours like animals with no sense of reason or their former selves, a lot like zombies.

The sheriff (Olyphant) and his wife go on the offensive when the army descends and the truth is revealed. I don't think I'm giving away too much of a spoiler here as it's pretty obvious from the opening credits (and the film gives it away fairly early anyway), but the water supply has been contaminated by a top secret biological weapon that's leaked.

When the mystery is revealed we're left with a fairly generic chase thriller as the foursome heroes (The sheriff and his wife along with his deputy and her work assistant) try to leave town before the army or their unhinged former townspeople get them.

There are some effective scenes, like the creepy one of the guy dragging the pitchfork through the morgue, but it's a little one-note.

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