Theatrical Reviews

Crawl Review

Crawl 1

Studio:
Paramount Pictures   

What’s It About?
A girl heads to Florida to check on her father, with an impending hurricane heading their way – only to find that he has company in the form of an alligator.   

Who’s In It?
Kaya Scodelario (Skins, The Maze Runner 1-3, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile)
Barry Pepper (The Green Mile, The Kennedys, The Maze Runner 1-3)   

Director: Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes, Piranha 3D, Horns)   

Audiences Expect:
Crawl may well be a B-movie, but director Alexandre Aja, the man behind The Hills Have Eyes and Piranha 3D embraces this with gusto. The film is essentially a two hander (three if you include the gator) between former Maze Runner co-stars Kaya Scodelario and the much-underrated Barry Pepper with a father -daughter dynamic, set against the backdrop of a dysfunctional family. So far so textbook.
With a category 5 hurricane heading towards Florida, Haley (Scodelario) is called by her sister to check on the whereabouts of their dad who is not picking up his phone. Despite her better judgement, Haley powers through to his home, only to find he has been injured by an alligator, which has taken over the house. Needless to say, the pair end up getting trapped, and there is worse to come with the impending hurricane and additional dangers.
The action and tension in a B movie is always going to be paramount, and on that score, Crawl delivers. There are plenty of jumps and surprises, and Kaya Scodelario impresses with the physical demands of the role, while Barry Pepper literally grins and bears it in a somewhat limited role. The deeper relationship moments are poorly written, but fortunately they are regularly broken by another gator attack.
Yet despite a decent build up in terms of tension, Crawl unfortunately seems to lose its grip in the final third in its desperate bid to ramp up the drama.    

In A Nutshell:
An adrenaline-pumping B-movie with plenty of tension to sink your teeth into, which releases its grip in the final act.   

Highlight:
The build up of tension in the first half   

Lowpoint:
The final act loses its way

Certificate: 15

EDITOR’S CHOICE