One thing must be said in regards to the thriller/action film Crawl, and that is that this is one summer entry that actually delivers on its intended promise. The advertisements paint a picture of mindless yet fun escapist entertainment and it certainly does that in spades. Think of it as what used to be referred to as a B picture back in the days when such films littered the movie screens. You may not find the secret of life contained therein but it’s pretty certain you’ll have some fun.

College swimming champ, Haley (Kaya Scodelario), finds herself caught in the throes of a horrific hurricane that has recently rained down upon the Sunshine State. Haley shows up to rescue her father, Dave (Barry Pepper) from the after effects of mother nature, but finds that there’s more than just floating and flying debris to worry about when displaced and very hungry alligators show up on the scene. If that isn’t enough then there’s always the rising sea level to keep everyone on high alert as well.

I’ve never been a particular fan of director, Alexander Aja (the Piranha and Hills Have Eyes remakes) but credit must be given to the filmmaker for ratcheting up the tension throughout Crawl. He does a credible job of staging all the mayhem and manages to keep the run time down to a thankfully slim and trim eighty seven minutes. It’s a great way to spend a lazy sunny afternoon.

Crawl is playing everywhere.
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