Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Crawl - Movie Review

The Movie: Crawl

The Director: Alexandre Aja

The Cast: Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper, Morfydd Clark, Ross Anderson, Jose Palma, George Somner, Anson Boon, Ami Metcalf

The Story: 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.

The Review:
Father and daughter, injured and trapped in their flooded house, must fight off alligators during a category 5 hurricane. Yes, please. Give me all of it!

At first glance, you might think this is another cheesy, low budget cousin to the infamous Sharknado franchise, but that is absolutely not the case. This movie is actually an intense thriller that delivers exactly the kind of scares and thrills I was hoping for and actually features strong performances from both Kaya Scodelario and Barry Pepper.

Having genre icon Sam Raimi involved as a producer automatically gives this movie a level of credibility it otherwise wouldn't be able to enjoy and director Alexandre Aja, with films like The Hills Have Eyes and Piranha 3D under his belt, is no stranger to the horror genre. Aja keeps the story very small as most of it takes place inside the family's house and, more specifically, in the crawl space underneath which is where most of the fun with alligators takes place.

You might be thinking why aren't these people far off and away from the hurricane in the first place but there is actually a fairly believable reason as to why they are at the house which is key to buying into the whole movie to begin with. There are no flashy special effects or outlandish antics, there is just real danger around every corner and a destructive backdrop that can cause chaos and destruction at any moment.

Crawl is a lot of fun. It may not be for everyone but I'm hoping it will cause a storm of people to flood the theaters so the movie can chomp its way to box office success.

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