A plane carrying a biochemical weapon crashes near a small town in Iowa, filling the drinking water with a chemical that turns people into crazed killers. A small group, led by the town’s sheriff (Timothy Olyphant, Go, Scream 2), now must find a way to avoid the killers and the military that is taking over the town as they attempt to make their way to safety. This movie, a remake of a 1973 film, reminds me a bit of Dawn Of The Dead meets District 9 and it really works. The killers, or “crazies”, are not as traditionally scary as movie zombies typically are, but are very effective in that they loom somewhere between human and monster.
The characters are very well developed and, for the most part, the actors are very good in their roles. The story moves along nicely--it starts dark and seldom comes out of that feel. The film is also very effective in blurring the line between good and bad on every level, from the “heroes” to the crazies to the military involvement. There is a very “real” feel to a lot of the movie as well. There really is not a lot to complain about with this film, and I would say it is a favorite to be the best horror film of 2010.
On A Scale Of One To Ten: 9