A military plane carrying a bioweapon crashes near a small Iowa town, leaking the contents into the water system. This makes almost everyone in the town start to go crazy and homicidal while the government quarantines the infected and tries to evacuate everyone else. In the meantime, they’re just shooting people that they think might be affected by the what-have-you. The story follows Olyphant, his physician wife, and one of his deputies as they try to break the military perimeter without getting blown up or killed by one of their crazy, killy neighbors.
I had not intended to watch this movie, but it was on Starz one day and I like Timothy Olyphant so I gave it a shot. The movie is at it’s best when it sticks to being claustrophobic and paranoid. Unfortunately, it strays into being an action movie at times for really no reason at all and that severely limits the tense atmosphere. No one expects a movie like this to tell a super story or anything, but if it’s not going to, at least it could provide some memorable moments. Not sure it actually did that, though I did enjoy the scene with the crazy who was stabbing people with a pitchfork in the hospital.
I would have a hard time recommending this movie to anyone, though I can see where someone who doesn’t like good movies might. I just think it’s too schizo for it’s own good and in the end, just goes nowhere. Plus, the ending is stupid.
Rating: Two stars out of five