Director: Alexandre Aja
Release Date: July 12, 2019 https
It was only a matter of time before a movie like Crawl was going to hit the big screen. Although Crawl is categorized as a horror/thriller, it is more like the Florida version of Jaws. It takes place in Gainesville, so it only makes sense that gators are what our characters are crawling from.
Director Alexandre Aja isn’t a household name by any means. Since the release of his 2006 film The Hills have Eyes, the French director has been flying under the radar, as he has directed some forgettable movies: High Tension, Horns, and The 9th Life of Louis Drax. Needless to say, they didn’t receive the same praise as Crawl.
Crawl is not a masterpiece by any stretch, but it adds new flavor to an overused recipe, taking from thrillers such as 2006’s Snakes On A Plane, Jaws and the movies of the late 1970s and early ‘80s. Unlike those before it, Crawl uses a natural disaster to set the monsters into action after a massive hurricane hits the northern part of the state.
This hurricane causes what appears to be Katrina-level damage. The only difference? This one flushed giant gators into the suburbs. Even though the idea is a little strange, the movie knows what it is: an over- the-top action/disaster/horror movie, and it does not try to hide it. At one point a gator tosses a civilian into to the air just so the other gator can catch the guy and eat him for lunch.
With so many films coming out, Crawl certainly has fallen under the radar. Rightfully so: Not everyone is trying to see man-eating gators terrorize a family trapped in a flooded basement. Although on a hot summer Tuesday in July there isn’t much better than a summer, gory, kill-’em-all reptile-human eatin’ thriller.