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A young woman trapped in a flooding house during a Category 5 Florida hurricane must battle against alligators in this horror from Alexandre Aja (Piranha 3D, Horns).
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- Alexandre Aja('Piranha 3D', 'The Hills Have Eyes (2006)', 'Horns')
Rating: MA15+ Strong injury detail
With each passing year, Jaume Collett-Sera’s dexterous, exquisitely kinetic shark thriller The Shallows looks more and more like a benchmark for how good a modern-day Jaws-styled creature feature can be. Alexandre Aja’s Crawl fundamentally operates in the same zone: a modestly budgeted studio counter-programmer, supplying a much-needed gasp of air from the oppressive maw of tentpole franchises.
If it isn’t as moment-to-moment sublime as The Shallows, it is comparatively nimble in approach, milking a tried-and-true formula for all its visceral, pulpy worth. You want big alligators attacking people? You’ll definitely get big alligators attacking the shit out of people.
Some clunky patches aside, mostly involving terrible expository dialogue and exteriors that look like recycled green-screen vomit from The Hurricane Heist, Crawl is unrepentantly goosed-up nature-goes-nuts mayhem when it gets fired up. Alexandre Aja is a generally spotty genre specialist, but this might be his tightest, most focused effort since Haute Tension. Clearly stoked to have at his disposal, the handsomest all-CGI gators to ever grace the big screen, Aja stages the setpieces with economically vicious glee, juggling claustrophobic disaster-movie suspense and merciless bouts of bloodthirsty reptilian chomping into a beer-guzzling blast of survival horror.
Kaya Scodelario doesn’t possess the magnetic star power of Blake Lively to sell some of the film’s cornier moments, but makes a respectable, spirited play for lead heroine archetype, her lithe athleticism ably fulfilling a physically demanding role that wedges her into damp, cramped spaces for long periods of time.
If nothing else, Crawl will look nice on the shelf next to your cherished Lake Placid DVD.
Stuff.co.nz (James Croot)
Los Angeles Times
Non-stop action (almost)
Believe the hype, this movie is just what it claims to be. A chilly thriller that happens mostly in a flooded basement, it's very location-based, more Deep Blue Sea than Jaws - like Jurassic Park if they were a park full of crocodiles instead of dinosaurs. Efficiently acted by Kaya Scodelario with support from Barry Pepper.
'Gators in the Crawlspace
You've probably seen your share of predatory-critter horrors that crank the silliness up to 11 and slide down to forgettably naff. Maybe you've seen some that take themselves too seriously and somehow come out more ridiculous. In Crawl, director Alexandre Aja flexes his ability to balance these genre poles: the laughs you're looking for come at the same time as (or maybe one second after) the gasps of shock. Enjoy!
Imagine JAWS with a Florida swamp full of sharks. Now imagine those Sharks are Alligators with an amazing knack for perfect horror / comedic timing. CRAWL is like an old school horror with modern day special effects and production values. A world with occupants that are fully aware they live in a place knee deep in gators, but for plot points and monster fodder let it slip their mind. Features a boat version of that Simpsons gag when Homer rolls out of a moving car and immediately rolls back in before falling off a cliff.
Gator Aid Required
So snakes on a plane you say, so Sharks in a Tornado you say, hmmm alligators in your house per se....well let's just say I had smugly cast my aspersions as to what type of movie this might be before well before arriving, especially as I had not seen or heard anything about the movie like you normally do before release date. Enter tickets in hand two cynical adults, wary of what might unfold...possibly at best a school night out with a few laughs at a far fetched story plot .
Opening scenes rolled in and already had me laughing at the subtle and ironic wit thrown in from the name of the swim team to the Jaws car mirror ornament without pushing the limits of corniness the likes of the Producer's previous cult classic movie Evil Dead. Refreshingly it also featured lead characters who have not been over exposed, but were happily familiar faces.
Things I have learnt from these type of movies is - Dumb people do what dumb people do and get eaten, quite simple! In fact you might be safer in this situation with more dumb people around. Logic says don't enter flood waters with known gators around, and know your predator - fact these things can leap 3/4 of their body length out of water so do not linger over hatches. And Never, I repeat NEVER try to save the beloved family pet or get distracted by your cell phone.
There comes a point in many a movie when the CGI or death defying feats become unbelievable and the plot can push the boundaries too far...but the adrenaline rush which had me at times pushed back in my seat with anticipation, gave reprieve to breathe and seriously only added to the charm and bought back that feeling of old school JAWS epicness.
The usual cold air pumped into the cinema we complain about most nights spent at the movies, now became the extra dimension experience - complimenting and contributing to the feeling like you were actually in the dank, dark crawl space whose title now made sense. The close up angles and under water swim shoots took you on a roller coaster ride at every point in the journey.
And final mental note damn I need to invest in some better shower doors, as my old doors fall off at the drop of a hat and might save your life one day as many death scenes occur in showers.
I don't recall leaving a movie for quite some time where we drove home for 15 minutes excitedly comparing notes on a movie which pleasantly surprised and and had us giggling a little bit like teenagers reliving moments of a film we felt a tad embarrassed to have enjoyed.
Great jump scare
Loved how there was soo much action and the storyline got straight to the point! It was an awesome twist on a disaster movie. Was not predictable or too cliché, and the father daughter storyline was unique also.
Loved how dramatic the attacking scenes were! Surprised how they didn't lose any limbs completely, just a few nibbles here and there. Absolutely loved the strong female lead! She was a winner.
Great acting all around. Would definitely recommend this movie to friends.
Gator Goes Chomp
Straightforward thriller CRAWL blew way past my expectations by delivering tight, tense scenes of attempting to escape nature's worst. Not a dull moment in the film. The alligators are extremely well rendered and the gore is not over the top, but believable. The crawlspace beneath the house is exactly right! I have seen a few of Aja's films, and CRAWL was the most terrifying. 5 stars.
Old school creature feature fun
You never know what you are going to get when it comes to creature feature horror, will it be suspenseful and frightening like Jaws or will it be a cheese fest like The Meg. I'm happy to say you get the best of both words here. Crawl was a ton of fun, once you get through the tired and true character development you will be treated to some of the most intense and high tension (pun intended, see Aja's back catalog) scenes since The Shallows or 27 Meters Down.
The actors deliver their best with what script the have, but shine when it comes to the action, I was right there panicking with them, gritting my teeth while they navigate the crawl space of their family home which has been invaded by alligators during a hurricane.
Crawl feels like an old school 80's horror plot with some beefed up new school effects, the CGI alligators look great, and there's enough gore to please all fans of horror. If you like what this movie says it is on the package then that's exactly what you are going to get.
If you like thriller movies this is the one to watch. It keeps you on the edge of the seat most of the time. Kaya Scodelario did awesome job as lead actress.
Ooooooh!!!!! Aggghhhhh!!!! Crawwwwwwl!!!
As good an example as this type of genre can produce. Laughter, nail-biting and jump factor! Action packed from start to finish and something for everyone! Great to be in a theatre where everyone seems to be enjoying the show!
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