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CRAWL - Review
Release Date: July 12, 2019
Director: Alexandre Aja
Stars: Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper
Plot: A father and daughter are trapped in an alligator-infested house during a massive hurricane
Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee
Okay, let's be honest. This is a movie about two people trapped in the basement of a house, surrounded by alligators, during a category 5 hurricane. The whole thing is ridiculous from the word go. But, in this case, that is fine, because this movie knows exactly what it is and it stays in its lane.
CRAWL has no plot to speak of, no character development, no twists and turns. It is simply a film filled with gratuitous alligator violence with a bunch of wind and rain thrown in, plus a few of Hollywood's finest extras for the sole purpose of becoming alligator food.
This movie does a great job of playing on everyone's fear of being trapped in murky waters with a 17 foot monster ready to attack at the slightest provocation. It is filled with suspense for 85 of the 90 minutes. (The first five minutes is a sad attempt to try to create an actual story, but don't worry, that doesn't get in the way of the dinosaurs and their demolition derby).
If you want to go into this movie and enjoy it, just try to use the primitive alligator part of your brain. If you use any other part of your brain you'll be severely disappointed.