I’ve already forgotten about Alexandra Aja‘s new movie Crawl. That’s not to say it’s bad, but it seems like a strange choice from the director of the likes of Horns and the (genuinely horrifying) remake of The Hills Have Eyes. In fact, it’s a glorious throwback to the solid monster flicks of the late ’90s, a brisk creature feature with flat but likeable characters and zero social commentary. Which, is a bit of a shame given that this set during some very-OTT Floridian floods.
None of which, I guess, really matters, because it’s 80 minutes of Kaya Scodelario and Barry Pepper playing a daughter-father duo with some unintended questionable chemistry, soaked and muddy in a crawlspace while trying to outmanoeuvre a pair of massive alligators, which are adorable in an ugly sort of way.
That’s it for the plot, characters and motivation. It doesn’t offer anything fresh or new in terms of story or gore; it’s just a fun watch that throws a few extra bodies in for fodder and keeps the tension at a respectable level.
I wish I had more to say about it. Sorry?