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Review: Crawl (2019)

If you go into a movie about people being menaced by alligators during a hurricane, and you expect anything more than a movie about people being menaced by alligators during a hurricane, you need a new hobby.

Fortunately I didn't, and I don't, so good for me. But it seems moviegoers -- at least most moviegoers -- did. That's a shame as Crawl deserves a much bigger audience.

Crawl is literally about two people trapped in a rapidly flooding house (thanks to said hurricane) with a family of alligators trying to eat them. And it doesn't need to be anything more than that. We get all the character development we need, and there's not a wasted moment in the entire movie. A few more characters are introduced, but they're gator bait, and that's fine.

For what Crawl is, it's pretty much perfect as far as limited-location thrillers go. It's not quite as intense as Don't Breathe, but has a higher bodycount and gore factor than The Shallows. There's several jump-out-of-your-seat moments, and more than a few that had me cringing in my chair. That means I got my money's worth out of this movie.

This is an unpretentious, well-paced movie that provides the perfect respite from all the big blockbusters, sequels and reboots out there. It's an intense carnival ride, and a Good in my book.


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