Well I can already tell that Breck Eisner’s The Crazies is probably going to get accused of looking too similar to various other movies, in particular, M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening… and that comparison is certainly not doing it any favours. It also could be classified as a zombie movie of sorts, but of course, it’s not the undead kind, it’s the violent infection kind, a la 28 Days Later or The Signal. The fact that it is a remake of a George A. Romero movie is probably only going to increase the use of the Z-word. Putting all of that aside, does the first trailer for The Crazies look decent? I’d have to say, yes it does.
What I like about the original is the fact that it focuses on survivors trying to stay alive in a town that has been quarantined by the military. This seems to be staying true to that, although apparently the outbreak comes from a toxin in the water supply rather than a biological weapon. Breck Eisner previously directed the ridiculous Sahara starring Matthew McConaughey, but I did catch his episode of Fear Itself and thought it was pretty good. The movie also stars Timothy Olyphant, who seems capable of making any movie watchable (although I have yet to see Hitman). The only thing I didn’t like was the use of the “Mad World” song that has become synonymous with Donnie Darko, but I suppose the lyrics kinda work. Either way I’m willing to give this a shot. The Crazies hits theatres on February 26, 2010; the trailer is embedded after the jump, but you can also watch it in HD over at Apple.com.