The Crazies (1973)

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The Crazies (1973)

Post  BoG on Wed Feb 18, 2015 9:14 pm


John Kenneth Muir wrote:Story
A U.S. military plane crashes near the town of Evans City, PA and releases a deadly chemical agent, Trixie. While the government contemplates nuking the town, Trixie -- actually a bacteriological weapon -- infects Evan City’s families , and people began to act mad, committing rash acts of unbelievable violence including arson. A local fireman (David) and his pregnant girlfriend, a nurse named Judy (Carroll) attempt to escape from the escalating madness, but martial law is established and soldiers round up the populace as the madness spreads and spreads…
Review:
Even thirty years after its debut, George Romero’s The Crazies remains an unrepentant taboo-breaker, one that violates the established decorum of Hollywood movies of its era in powerful and deliberately upsetting fashion. The film involves a deadly chemical agent, Trixie, and its horrific effect on normal, small-town American citizens. The film’s tone turns from dread and disbelief, to an acknowledgement of the absurd, of life as a sometimes cruel or meaningless comedy. As The Crazies closes, a cure for Trixie is discovered by a scientist but the military mistakes him for one of the infected, and the cure is forever lost.

Muir, John Kenneth (2013-10-25). Science Fiction and Fantasy Films of the 1970s (p. 143). The Lulu Show LLC. Kindle Edition.

Today, the frenetic The Crazies loses none of its visceral punch. In terms of visuals, the movie thrives on rapid-fire quick-cuts which add to the sense of a dawning, escalating crisis, and the film's nihilist bent is especially evident in the conclusion, during which an infected pregnant woman (and the film's heroine), Judy (Carroll) is murdered by the occupying military force. Meanwhile, her fiancé, a fireman named David (McMillan) learns that he is immune to the contaminant. But rather than aid the bullying military (and his fellow man too), David keeps his mouth shut... and lets the apocalypse spread. He does so out of revenge, perhaps, or just because he believes that humans aren't worth saving. Given what he has endured it is hard to blame him for losing hope, and yet the film’s commentary is caustic.

Muir, John Kenneth (2013-10-25). Science Fiction and Fantasy Films of the 1970s (p. 143). The Lulu Show LLC. Kindle Edition.
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