Back in 1973 George A. Romero gave us a taste of what it'd be like if a biological weapon were let loose on society in The Crazies. When someone comes in contact with Trixie they lose their minds and become violent. Think the army can save you from the madness? Think again. Not only are the military men just as afraid of contracting the virus, but they're trying to protect themselves from the crazies too; basically, they're willing to kill everyone and anyone not in a biohazard suit. The Crazies is a film particularly fitting for the remake treatment. It's dated, yet the general concept remains powerful. That's where Breck Eisner comes in. He takes his source material trims away the fat and the obsolete elements and packs it with exactly what horror audiences are looking for: sheer terror. Eisner's The Crazies is one of my favorite films of 2010, but I'm going to leave the critique at that and deliver this comparison using just the facts. However I can't say the same for spoilers because they're all over the place in this article, so beware.
Eisner incorporates the very first scene of Romero's film in his updated version: the burning home. The first characters we meet are two little kids, a brother and sister, whose playtime comes to a deadly halt when they find daddy smashing up the place with a crowbar. The boy also notices that the floor is drenched with kerosene and, sure enough, daddy lights things up. The difference is how the two approached the situation. Eisner goes right for your heart letting us see poor Nicholas and his mother locked in a closet as the fire creeps up the stairs and down the hall guaranteeing their demise. However, the victims of Romero's fire scenario are left with a fighting chance.