Crawl (2019)

A young woman, while attempting to save her father during a category 5 hurricane, finds herself trapped in a flooding house and must fight for her life against alligators.

I have said it a number of times, but I am a sucker for a creature feature.  I guess it all started with Jaws, but if you put a movie in front of me that contains a killer shark, or some other animal, I’m all in.  Even the bad ones are great fun.

Coming to us from producer Sam Raimi, director Alexandre Aja, whose credits include The Hills Have Eyes, and writer Michael Rasmussen in his first wide release, Crawl is one of the better creature features – if, of course, you’re willing to suspend disbelief.

Defying all logic, competitive swimmer, Haley (played by Kaya Scodelario) drives into a category 5 hurricane to check on her estranged father (Barry Pepper).  He’s not answering calls, and the weather is worsening, so Haley heads off to check in.  Arriving at the house, dad is nowhere to be found anywhere, prompting Haley to enter the crawl space.

Here she finds her father, who has injured himself while attempting some repairs.  Flood waters begin to roll in, and if that’s not enough, enter 2 six metre alligators to contend with.

Yes, it’s extremely far fetched, but that’s what movies are for.  Unbelievable scenarios unfold before our eyes, and we eat it up.  It’s entertainment, pure and simple.

Crawl is suspenseful, and considering nearly the entire film unfolds in one dark location, never lost my attention once.  It’s very well put together – even if the side story of the father/daughter estrangement was mostly unnecessary.  As if the decks weren’t stacked enough already…

No, this will not become a cinematic classic the likes of Jaws, but it is well worth a viewing.


Rick Trewin.

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