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The Crazies, 2010 – Movie Review. Glasgow Film Festival

Posted by LiveFor on February 25, 2010

Director: Breck Eisner
Starring: Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell
Released: February 26th 2010

This review by Richard Bodsworth

The Hollywood production line continues to churn out remakes of old horror films, this months outing is a reimagining of George A. Romero’s 1973 The Crazies…

When a small town is plagued by a mysterious virus, the military are called in to control the infected citizens. Sherriff David Dutton and his nurse wife Judy attempt to make their way to a safe place while dodging their crazy neighbours and the military with their shoot on sight policy.

Before we have even settled in to our seats the first ‘incident’ occurs on the town baseball field, a local man shot dead by Sherriff Timothy Olyphant. What follows is a slow building creep crawl as more of the town members begin to be struck down by the virus. Some nice, tense scenes including one which features a combine harvester create some solid tension before the military intervene, declaring martial law on the town. This is where the film switches to the predictable formula that we have been accustomed to for the past few years. You know exactly what to expect in each scene, where each ‘crazy’ is, what the outcome will be, all of this accompanied with a slow pull out and pan with accompanying screeching music. Eisner manages to botch some major set pieces with the technique, and by the time he fails to capitalise on what could have been an all so terrifying car wash sequence, you know this isn’t moving far out of mediocre territory. The crazies themselves are weak; except a Joker-esque laughing Crazy and another scraping a pitchfork across the ground, the rest are dull, veiny faced Madonna lookers.

You do have to credit Eisner however, as he manages to avoid the ‘torture-porn’ route, but you do wonder if a gore-fest may have been more fun than an attempted nerve shredded from the man who brought us Sahara. Romero films have always been signalled out as having underlying political themes and in his original he touched on the idea of surveillance but you’d be scraping the barrel trying to find such stuff in this version. I sincerely hope that the line, “The Crazies are loose!” was an attempt at embracing its B movie origins, if not it deserves a lower rating!

Verdict: **

While there may be enough to satisfy a few, it’s not quite the fun many had expected leaving us another by the book horror remake.

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The Crazies – UK Quad Poster

Posted by LiveFor on February 15, 2010

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The Crazies – TV Spot – Something is Changing

Posted by LiveFor on January 29, 2010

Should hopefully be getting a review for this soon as LFF reporter / reviewer, Richard Bodsworth, has got a press pass to see it at the Glasgow Film Festival in a couple of weeks.

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High Life – Poster and trailer for Timothy Olyphant’s heist type film

Posted by LiveFor on January 15, 2010


Adapted from Lee MacDougal’s play, “High Life” features Timothy Olyphant as Dick, a hapless loser who along with drug-addict pals Billy (Rossif Sutherland), Bug (Stephen Eric McIntyre) and Donnie (Joe Anderson) tries to pull off a daring ATM heist.

Initially set in the present-day, director Gary Yates changed the setting to 1983 to help the believability factor.

“I just didn’t believe they could do it in modern times,” he says. “There are too many cameras to pull off an ATM scam. So I thought, ‘What if I set it when ATMs first came out?’ Then I could make these guys classic ’70s rock holdovers. They don’t belong in the ’80s; the ’80s is the give-it-to-me now generation.”

“It made sense to have a story about a machine in a wall that spits out cash,” Sutherland adds. “Trying to do a heist picture today would have to include something about frauds over the web and we,” he said, looking at co-star McIntyre with a wry grin, “don’t have a mind for that.”

“Part of the magic for my character,” McIntyre says, “is having him come out of jail and seeing all these new inventions.”

Yates’ crisp dialogue appealed to Olyphant, who was hot off supporting turns in “Live Free or Die Hard” and HBO’s “Deadwood” when he agreed to star in the indie feature.

“The script was fantastic and the characters were great,” he says. “It’s not very often that you get that kind of writing.

“As opposed to the challenges for a big, stupid movie where the task is, ‘How do I do this and not look like an a—hole?’ This is a piece of cake.”

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The Crazies – New trailer

Posted by LiveFor on January 14, 2010

David Dutten is sheriff of Ogden Marsh, a picture-perfect American town with happy, law-abiding citizens. But one night, one of them comes to a school baseball game with a loaded shotgun, ready to kill. Another man burns down his own house-after locking his wife and young son in a closet inside. Within days, the town has transformed into a sickening asylum; people who days ago lived quiet, unremarkable lives have now become depraved, blood-thirsty killers, hiding in the darkness with guns and knives. Sheriff Dutten tries to make sense of what’s happening as the horrific, nonsensical violence escalates. Something is infecting the citizens of Ogden Marsh with insanity. Now complete anarchy reigns as one by one the townsfolk succumb to an unknown toxin and turn sadistically violent. In an effort to keep the madness contained, the government uses deadly force to close off all access and won’t let anyone in or out – even those uninfected. The few still sane find themselves trapped: Sheriff Dutten; his pregnant wife, Judy; Becca, an assistant at the medical center; and Russell, Dutten’s deputy and right-hand man. Forced to band together, an ordinary night becomes a horrifying struggle for survival as they do their best to get out of town alive

The Crazies is directed by Breck Eisner and stars Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, Danielle Panabaker, Joe Anderson and Joe Reegan. It is out next month in the US.

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The Crazies – Finally a trailer for the remake

Posted by LiveFor on October 2, 2009

Here is the trailer for the Romero remake by Breck Eisner. It stars Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, Danielle Panabaker, Joe Anderson and Joe Reegan.

Have a watch and let me know what you thinkg.

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The Crazies – New poster for the remake

Posted by LiveFor on September 29, 2009

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The story revolves around the inhabitants of a small Iowa town who are suddenly beset by death and insanity after a plane crash lets loose a mysterious secret biological weapon into the water supply.

Here is a new poster for Breck Eisner’s remake of The Crazies that stars Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, Danielle Panabaker, Joe Anderson and Joe Reegan.

It is a remake of George Romero’s 1973 film. The new one is due out on 26th February 2010.

Source: First Showing

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The A-Team’s Murdoch – Could it be Sharlto Copley?

Posted by LiveFor on September 10, 2009

copleyThrough a reliable source, Blackfilm.com has learned exclusively that an offer has been made to rising star ‘District 9’ Star Sharlto Copley for the role.

There is no confirmation that Copley has accepted as of yet.

Many names were being tossed for the role including the likes of Jim Carrey, Steve Buscemi, Timothy Olyphant, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Chris Pine and Robert Downey Jr. Although we all know a whole heap of them won’t be taking the role.

Already cast in the film are Liam Neeson as Col. John ‘Hannibal’ Smith, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson as Sgt. Bosco ‘B.A.’ Baracus and Bradley Cooper as Lt. Templeton ‘Faceman’ Peck.

‘The A-Team’ revolves around the four members of a former commando outfit and current group of mercenaries. Their leader is Col. John “Hannibal” Smith, whose plans tend to be unorthodox but effective. Lt. Templeton “The Faceman” (usually referred to simply as “Face”) Peck is a smooth-talking con-man who serves as the team’s appropriator of vehicles and other useful items. The team’s pilot is Capt. H.M. “Howling Mad” Murdock, who has been declared insane and resides in a mental institution for the show’s first four seasons. Finally, there is the team’s strong man and mechanic, Sgt. B.A. “Bad Attitude” Baracus.

Set for release next year, the film, which is being directed by Joe Carnahan has already begun shooting in Vancouver, Canada.

Director Carnahan and Tony and Ridley Scott say they will use the original premise of the series as the template for an action film. In the original, four Vietnam vets convicted of armed robbery escape from military prison and became do-gooder mercenaries.

The Middle East will replace Vietnam as the place the four did their tour of duty, but Carnahan said the origin story is the jumping-off point.

The original series, which ran from 1983-87 and starred George Peppard, Mr. T, Dirk Benedict and Dwight Schultz, followed an unofficial team of Vietnam vets who will stop at nothing to get the bad guys. Sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit, these four commandos escaped from a maximum-security stockade and now survive in the Los Angeles underground as soldiers of fortune.

Having just watched District 9 last night I can totally see Copley playing Murdoch. In D-9 he goes from office nerd to fugitive to bad ass and I thought he was brilliant. The whole film was superb so go and see it if you haven’t.

Who do you think would make a good Murdoch?

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The Crazies – Full synopsis for the Romero Remake

Posted by LiveFor on September 4, 2009

the_crazies01Imagine living in a small town where everything is safe and happy… until suddenly it isn’t. Imagine your friends and neighbors going quickly and horrifically insane. In a terrifying tale of the “American Dream” gone horribly wrong, four friends find themselves trapped in their hometown in “The Crazies,” a reinvention of the George Romero classic directed by Breck Eisner from a screenplay by Ray Wright and Scott Kosar.

David Dutton (Timothy Olyphant) is sheriff of Ogden Marsh, a picture-perfect American town with happy, law-abiding citizens. But one night, one of them comes to a school baseball game with a loaded shotgun, ready to kill. Another man burns down his own house…after locking his wife and young son in a closet inside. Within days, the town has transformed into a sickening asylum; people who days ago lived quiet, unremarkable lives have now become depraved, blood-thirsty killers, hiding in the darkness with guns and knives. Sheriff Dutton tries to make sense of what’s happening as the horrific, nonsensical violence escalates. Something is infecting the citizens of Ogden Marsh… with insanity. Now complete anarchy reigns as one by one the townsfolk succumb to an unknown toxin and turn sadistically violent. In an effort to keep the madness contained, the government uses deadly force to close off all access and won’t let anyone in or out – even those uninfected. The few still sane find themselves trapped: Sheriff Dutton; his pregnant wife, Judy (Radha Mitchell); Becca (Danielle Panabaker), an assistant at the medical center; and Russell (Joe Anderson), Dutton’s deputy and right-hand man. Forced to band together, an ordinary night becomes a horrifying struggle for survival as they do their best to get out of town alive.

Source: STYD

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The Vanishing on 7th Street gets Darth Vader

Posted by LiveFor on August 27, 2009

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I first reported on this back in April. Back then Timothy Olyphant and Forest Whitaker where involved but there is no mention of them in this new report.

Hayden Christensen has signed to star and Thandie Newton and John Leguizamo are in negotiations to star in the paranormal thriller Vanishing on Seventh Street for director Brad Anderson, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Written by Anderson and Anthony Jaswinski, the story is set in a once-thriving city where shadowy forms cause residents to inexplicably disappear. Five survivors fight to stay alive while grappling with the meaning of existence.

Christensen is playing a reporter. Newton would play a desperate nurse and Leguizamo a subway operator.

Shooting is set to begin mid-October in the once-thriving city of Detroit.

I really like the plot for this one, but it could be a bit naff if not done right. A definite mix of Twilight Zone, His Dark Materials, Phantoms, The Langoliers and more, but it could look very spooky.

However, Hayden Christiansen…I just don’t know about that. Jumper was a bit of a mess and more like a pilot for a TV show than anything else and Anakin just doesn’t seem to have the charisma for a leading man. What are your thoughts on the film and young Darth starring in it?

The amazing photo is by Alexey Titarenko.

Source: Sci Fi Wire

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