Directed By: Alexandre Aja
Written By: Michael Rasmussen & Shawn Rasmussen
This movie is a blast. There is a lot wrong with it but none of that matters because it is so much fun that it is able to overcome all of it. The dialogue is terrible, the backstory is awkwardly forced in, characters do things that don’t make sense and I’m pretty sure that some of the science doesn’t add up. All of this stands out from the moment the film begins and it doesn’t ruin the fun of this movie at all.
Crawl has a simple story. There is a massive hurricane headed toward Florida. A college girl can’t reach her father so she drives into the part of the state that is going to be hardest hit to find him. When she does find him he is in the crawl space under their house, along with what he believes to be a large alligator. He’s injured, the crawl space is filling with water and as the water level rises outside, due to the storm, more alligators appear. There is also some stuff that deals with their family history but it doesn’t matter and it’s so forced in that it’s uncomfortable listening to the actors try to pass the dialogue off as anything other than horrendous.
It’s impossible to tell how good any of these actors are because the lines they are given are woefully bad. They don’t sound like they are talking to each other so much as they are just reciting their history to the audience. When they aren’t doing this they are making decisions that will make you want to scream at them for being so stupid.
Again, it doesn’t matter. This movie isn’t about the characters or their backstory. It’s all about getting out of this crawl space and, eventually, this hurricane alive. The tension that is created in the quiet moments when the characters are trying to make it from one part of the crawl space to another is incredible. The moments when the alligators are chasing them are thrilling. When a gator does manage to get a hold of someone it looks amazing. If I had to compare this to another movie, I would say that it is Twister with alligators. If the horrible dialogue and dumb logic in Twister doesn’t bother you, you’ll love Crawl.
This feels like the perfect summer horror film to me. It’s the perfect opportunity to get out of the heat, relax in a comfy chair, turn your brain off and watch people run and hide from alligators for 87 minutes. With Aja at the helm, you know it’s going to look good and be fun. If that’s all you want for your money, you’ll get exactly what you paid for.