Crawl (2019)

by EHL Movie Reviews

Run Time: 1 hour 27 min
Release Date: August 23 2019
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Director: Alexandre Aja
Cast: Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper, Morfydd Clark

Plot Summary

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.

During hurricane season, a flooded town in Florida with alligators roaming the waters is totally believable, as is the rescue mission of a daughter looking for her father. What isn’t believable, is the events that unfold throughout “Crawl” for these two characters to get out of a desperate situation they find themselves in.

Haley (Kaya Scodelario) discovers her father, Dave (Barry Pepper), in the crawlspace of their long time family home, attempting to rescue him with a gaping wound in his neck and a broken leg. It is at this point we quickly get introduced to the main antagonist, a giant alligator, which we soon learn is more than just the one. Due to the sheer size of these creatures they make for some good jump scares on the screen, anyone would be frightened of these huge snappers.

The problems with this film come along when on multiple occasions some part of Haley’s body becomes trapped in the gators mouth, wriggling free she is then able to swim faster, yes swim, from the creatures that reside in the water (something we’re expected to believe due to the short back story of her being an aspiring top swimmer). How many times can you be bitten by an alligator of this size and survive, let alone be able to escape them, you could ask the other cast members of this film, oh wait…you can’t.

Take nothing away from Scodelario and Pepper, they did the best they could with what they were given and actually gave pretty good performances throughout. But when you are involved in a film where you are miraculously healed and get put in the same situation over and over again, for pretty much the same outcome, you have to do the best you can with the role.

Two people being able to escape these natural creatures, when they basically have two limbs between them (and a dog), is just too far-fetched. This film feels like it wants to be taken seriously, but the laughter in the cinema just shows how ridiculous this film was.