The Crazies Reviews
Adapted from horror master George A. Romero's micro-budget 1973 classic, The Crazies delivers some satisfying scares but skims blithely over the darker ramifications of its story.
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.
Romero had quite a lot on his mind, back in the day: Vietnam, the Kent State shootings, a wicked distrust of the military and the Man in general. Eisner has almost nothing on his mind.
Eisner and his scenarists (Scott Kosar, Ray Wright) make changes mostly for the better, ramping up the horror factor via tighter focus on the imperiled locals and the requisite hike in gory violence.
The Crazies struggles to find novelty and laughs, and must battle the overwhelming sense that we've been here, seen this too often and too recently to experience any real surprises.