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assumes he’s drunk and tries to talk Rory down. He doesn’t succeed.
After that, locals begin trickling into the office of the beautiful doctor (Radha Mitchell), complaining of fevers and being tired and not feeling “right.” Germs seem to be spreading — and so is the news. Soon, we see Ogden Marsh from satellite, with the words: “Initiate containment protocol.” Uh-oh.
Romero made his mark during the Vietnam and post-Vietnam era and, as he went along, his anti-military broadsides became bolder and more pointed. He split his Crazies evenly between the military containment forces and the infect- ed townspeople. Heroes were in short supply.
Eisner narrows the focus to the farm folk, while holding onto the idea of a federal government that will stop at nothing to cover its tracks. Interpret that as you like.
What The Crazies really taps into is our pervasive unease over disease, that moment when the person sitting next to you on the subway or airplane or, yes, the movie theatre sneezes or breaks into a coughing fit and you realize you’re unarmed. Never mind the pitchfork. Just don’t leave the hand sanitizer at home. Three stars out of four.