crawl movie review - Aussieboyreviews


There’s plenty of tension and blood alligator attacks throughout this engaging horror movie. However, Crawl features plenty of slow or uninteresting moments. It’s still good for teens.


Young swimmer Haley attempts to rescue her father during a dangerous hurricane but struggles to do so. However, things get more challenging for both of them when they discover aggressive alligators investing the flood waters.

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Movie details

Director: Alexandre Aja
Cast: Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper, Morfydd Clark, Ross Anderson, Anson Boon, George Somner
Writer: Michael Rasmussen, Shawn Rasmussen
Release Date (Australia): 11 July 2019
Runtime: 87 minutes/1h 27m
Genre: Horror, Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (MA15+)

Several people are attacked and killed by alligators during hurricane weather.

Violence (MA15+)

The film contains strong injury detail, including depictions of bloody wounds and bone detail. There are also scenes in which people are attacked by alligators, accompanied by bloody water detail.

Coarse Language (M)

The film contains occasional use of the word “f**k”, in addition to several uses of the word “s**t”.

mpaa rating

R (for bloody creature violence, and brief language)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Crawl’s conflict threatens sympathetic characters with hurricane weather, rising floodwaters and several hungry alligators, leaving you with an intense ride on the edge of your seat. Although a frequent amount of the film’s tension is slow-burning or slightly dull, Alexandre Aja’s execution of this relentless creature feature thriller is brilliant.

Firstly, there’s no doubt that this movie is totally worth a bag of popcorn. Throughout the supreme tension, there’s the clever and determined character who gives us a personality to truly root for in this movie. The thing about the characteristics in this movie that makes it more fascinating but also slightly more defective is the fact that Kaya Scodelario’s strong swimmer role is the only intelligent role in the entire film. Majority of the other humans that approach these alligator-invested waters seem to always need saving or they just end up getting attacked, injured or killed.

Although the tension is very high in impact and the sequences in which characters are faced against the hungry creatures are superbly gripping, most of the film attaches to a pace that grips us but can also easily bore us. There’s a few elements and components that’ll understandably make you ask twice.

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