CRAWL

★★★½

Starring Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper, Morfydd Clark, Ross Anderson
Directed by
Alexandre Aja
2019 / 87 Minutes / Paramount Pictures

Barry Pepper and Kaya Scodelario in CRAWL from Paramount Pictures.

There are a lot of ridiculous killer sea creature movies and every so often out of those disasters a few decent ones come along and surprises audiences. This year it’s Crawl. A movie that’s pretty stupid overall, but for some reason worked and I kind of had fun watching it.

A young woman attempts to save her father during a hurricane and finds herself trapped and fighting off alligators. It’s a decent premise that not only follows the fear of fighting off alligators, but also a category 5 hurricane which complicates everything. There are many absurd moments that will have your eyes rolling, but there are many moments that will leave you on the edge of your seat.

Crawl feels like a straight to video B-movie that received a larger budget and a wide release… which is basically what happened. I’m surprised that it got a theatrical release because not many movies like this get that anymore. Not really sure why this one is so special. Sure it’s fun, but is it enough to spend a ton of money on admission and food to see at a theatre? Meh not really. The story isn’t really anything new, the acting is pretty much B-movie quality and the visual effects are good, but I wasn’t blown away by any of them. What the movie has going for it is in it’s thrilling edge of your seat fun action. I wasn’t bored at all.

Kaya Scodelario in CRAWL from Paramount Pictures.

Crawl isn’t going to win awards or be remembered much passed this year. It’s not a standout achievement in filmmaking or even the a top notch horror flick you’ll want to catch every Halloween. However, it is worth a watch if you are looking for stupid over the top tense fun. It wins for that for sure.

B-

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