In the wake of a significant hurricane, a young woman (Kaya Scodelario) must embark on a quest to rescue her imperiled father (Barry Pepper). However, she finds herself unable to escape a house that rapidly floods and must contend with a horde of alligators. Directed by Alexandre Aja.~Maggie Sadler
Back in the fifties we loved creature features. Giant Spiders! Giant Bees! Giant piles of goo! They were awesome. We never gave up our love of those creature features, but technology really helped catch up to make us even more scared (although...to be honest...that giant tarantula in the 1950s Tarantula movie was plenty scary without CGI...lol..).
Movies are so many things to so many people, and often the same person can want different things from movies on different days. That's ok, after all diversifying one's portfolio leads to greater riches and - metaphorically - changing up movie genres as a viewer just helps us discover the magic of the movies all that much more.
So...creature features. Kinda trashy, disposable entertainment and - like its cousin the Disaster flick - we go into it looking for the creatures to eat (or at least chew and spit out) as many humans as possible. If they do that, and they scare us a bit along the way, than mission accomplished!
Crawl does that. It's a short flick that doesn't waste time getting to the point that it knows its viewers want to see. Mean, giant alligators chomping on humans left, right and center.
Take that humans! You're gator chow!
It remembers its roots as a horror film and is a bit more intense and scary than some of your other creature features over the years (Anaconda...I'm looking at you...still love ya though).
Crawl is for alligators kinda like Jaws was for sharks - it is a legitimate threat. After Jaws we got such awesome shark flicks as...sharknado, 47 meters down, the Meg, etc. Of course Jaws pretty much started the bad shark movie trend with Jaws 3-D and the roaring shark masterpiece that is Jaws the Revenge. Alligators got such fine works of cinematic art like...Lake Placid.
This movie is NOT Lake Placid and it is NOT Jaws. But it's closer to the latter (good thing) than the former. It isn't a masterpiece of pacing and character building like Jaws, but it is a great creature feature with some decent, legit scares (even at home) and not appropriate for younger kids (yah kids, shoo...go watch Dora the Explorer by Michael Bay...heh heh heh).
If you like mean creatures chomping deserving humans...highly recommended.
If you don't...well...still highly recommended! LOL
To me, this is a very creepy movie because it seems like it really could happen! I did have to suspend a little reality to see alligator attacks that did not result in fully severed limbs, however. Still, this one gave me the creeps! Many times I just wanted it to be over, but no, it kept going. Sigh! Really good if you like an action-packed creepy movie that could possibly happen.
Would benefit from 4k but BluRay looks great. The pacing is relentless and if you just suspend your disbelief it's a fun ride. Kaya Scodelario is gorgeous and really sells it despite the inherent B movieness.
I saw this at the movies and many were jumping and screaming at the screen, except the few that laughed at those who jumped and screamed! Its been a long time to see goood 'ole school, lite fright. Cuddle up w family or your crazy friends, in the dark. Sit close and laugh and eek out all together.