Original: The Crazies (1973)
Director: Breck Eisner
Stars: Timothy Olymphant, Radha Mitchell, Danielle Panabaker, Joe Anderson
Anyone who watches the FX series Justified knows that Timothy Olymphant deserves to be a bankable, big screen movie star—hopefully dude will transition into that role one of these days.
Admittedly, while it’s a surprisingly proficient remake of George A. Romero’s viral outbreak thriller, 2010’s The Crazies isn’t the kind of flick that will have casting directors breaking down Olymphant’s door, so to speak. But taken as a slick genre picture, it’s perfectly solid, and, expectedly, revolves around the actor’s commanding turn as a small-town sheriff leading a four-person crew of uninfected survivors against their suddenly homicidal neighbors.