This version (produced by Romero) stars Timothy Olyphant and Radha Mitchell (love her) as David and Judy Dutton, Sheriff and Doc of small town Ogden Marsh, Iowa. During a baseball game, Sheriff Dutton kills a local who walked unto the field with a shotgun. Thinking the local was drunk, Dutton moves on, until another local kills his wife and son by setting their house on fire. Later, Dutton and his Deputy (Joe Anderson, who I have never heard of but is really good here) discover the wreckage of a plane in a local bog. It doesn't take long for them to put two and two together when all the locals begin to go bat-shit crazy and the military moves in to "secure" the town.
The characters are likable and there are a few good scares here. The scene in the car wash is a memorable one. The townsfolk, once they turn "crazy," don't become Zombies per Se, but they do like killin'. The disease has a 48 hour incubation period, so you just know one of the main characters is going to get it and probably die heroically to save the others. This isn't a spoiler. You can see this coming a mile a way.
If you have some time to kill and enough money for a matinee, you could do a whole lot worse than The Crazies. But it's really a "see it and forget about it" type of film. Except, next time you are in a car wash.