Sometimes in life a film does exactly what is says on the tin. Crawl promises “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.” And that’s exactly what it delivers.
Mind you, with a run-time of a mere 87 minutes there’s not really a lot of time for deep monologues about the human condition. It fact there’s no real time for any monologues of any type as buddy, we have got some people to turn into gator chow!
It’s also nice to note that since the last time the director made a creature feature (Piranha 3d, a film that a younger me absolutely loved) he has apparently discovered that women will not spontaneously combust if more than 1% of their body is covered in clothing.
Sadly though, he’s traded in some gloriously awful dialogue for the ages- “Check it out, they’re fish with boobies.” Is one example I’ll sadly carry to the grave – with functional, stodgy predictable dialogue. There were no quotes here that I’ll carry to the grave. “Well, Apex predator all day.” Might make it to the middle of next week but no further.
But to be honest, if you went to this film expecting film quotes to live up to a dying characters last words being “Wet t-shirt… wet t-shirt!” Then you are seriously in the wrong frame of mind.
Because this is a siege movie. My favorite genre of film. A father and daughter trapped in a house that’s slowly filling with water and under attack from 850 Alligators who seem to have nothing on their to do list but eat humans.
Sadly though, this film treats the Alligators like their sharks with very little attempt to have them lying in weight for our heroes or use their terrifying death role or even have some jump scares or creeping up on out protagonists as they desperately try to survive another few minutes. Also, Several shots of the gaters look like the CGI team fell victim to hungry creatures, and the interns finished off the work.
But those are just minor nitpicks in what is actually a very, very solid little film. The run-time is perfect. The small cast amazing, but I would have liked a few more jump scares and tension as well as some of the obvious red-shirts putting up more of a fight than someone who’s only two days from retirement showing a picture of their pregnant wife whilst telling their mates that they should all split up. Whilst wearing a redshirt and covering themselves in BBQ sauce.
It’s a good thing that Scodelario’s character is an amazing swimmer and the films really well shot and a lot of fun to watch and there’s a lot to be said about a film that just goes for it. Minimal setup and exposition before boom! Into this house which is apparently irresistible to future handbags.
Not sure what else there is to say. It’s a good fun little film which could have done a little more with it’s premise added some dread, a few more animatronic puppets- they look and age better and actors prefer them. The actors are having fun and doing what they can with the limited material their given. Maybe a few more inventive kills as well but on the whole if your looking for a fun diversion then this will do you.
Crawl is no masterpiece and I wouldn’t seek it out or even remember it but if it came on TV one night, I wouldn’t change the channel.
My Score- See It