Crawl was released in the U.S. on July 12, 2019 and directed by Alexandre Aja. It is a different take on the vicious-killer animal genre.
The story features Haley, who is a swimmer at the University of Florida. After just finishing a practice she realizes that a category 5 hurricane is coming right towards her. She gets a call from her sister wondering where their dad is so she decides to go look for him. After getting to his house they are met with a group of alligators and several epic battles ensue.
The main character in the film is Haley who was played by Kaya Scodelario. In regards to her acting I felt as if she did a pretty good job. I never felt as if she was offering really cheesy dialogue or obviously fake emotion. She was in every scene of the movie and she was really one of the driving forces in making sure that the film was effective. Her dad, Dave, was played by Barry Pepper. For the most part, I also enjoyed his performance. There were some scenes where I thought that his dialogue was somewhat cheesy, however for the most part it felt real. These two were really the only main characters in the film and in the end they both did a good job. Compared to other movies of this type, the cast in Crawl is definitely above average.
The major positive of this film was the special effects and cinematography. Every shot in this movie was very well crafted. Throughout the whole film I never felt like anything looked fake which is very important as the movie relied on CGI for the entire runtime. The hurricane was very realistic and there were some shots that were insanely beautiful. The most important part (the alligators), also looked incredibly good. So much detail was put into the skin of the reptile all the way up to the detail of the eye. The CGI was amazing and was a huge positive in this film. The next positive is that the movie knows exactly what it is (just a fun summer movie filled with a lot of cheesiness). It didn’t try to be too serious or too funny, it struck a great common ground and remained thoroughly entertaining until the end. The final positive of this movie is the horror element of it. In my opinion, all of the jumpscares and kills were all placed at perfect times. There were sequences where I was preparing my self for a jumpscare, but then it didn’t happen and ended up happening when I didn’t expect it. This element definitely made it suspenseful and kept me at the edge of my seat.
My main and only negative of this movie was the medical aspect. There were some very serious injuries suffered by the characters, however they just kept on surviving. It seemed very outrageous to believe that one character specifically was still alive at all in the end. Besides this aspect I thoroughly enjoyed everything else about this movie.
Crawl is definitely a movie that I would recommend to horror fans or just cinema lovers in general. It features some beautiful shots, while also boasting some scares and gory kills. With just an 87 minute runtime, this film should definitely keep you entertained until the very end.
Rating- 8.5 out of 10 on the scale of awesomeness.
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