Crawl (2019)

Originally released on July 12th 2019

As someone who lives in South Florida, I found this movie absolutely terrifying at certain points while humorous at others. Haley Keller (Kaya Scodelario), a college athlete at the University of Florida in Gainesville returns home down south to get her dad before the hurricane hits. This hurricane in question, is a monster in itself. After being told that those in the area needed to evacuate because rescues would be near impossible, she and her father (Barry Pepper) end up in the crawl space of the house in Coral Lake.

Things take a turn for the worse. As it turns out, the crawl space has become feeding grounds for ravenous alligators. Who, mind you, are killing for sport and territory and not for food. They end up spending the rest of the movie fighting against alligators and then the elements before they wind up on the roof of the house, getting rescued at the end of the movie.

Minus the ravenous alligators, the plot was pretty predictable. The father and daughter duo have a tense relationship that shows major progress by the end of the film. Because of their tense relationship, it wasn’t hard to predict that they would make it out of there alive. From a Floridian perspective though, the movie missed a lot of points. It was just very obvious that the writing and mannerisms were chosen by people who aren’t from Florida. I had an inkling while watching the film; something was off.

A quick glance at the end credits showed that a lot of the work took place on a sound stage in Serbia, with exterior shots being filmed in Tampa Bay, Florida. Due to the nature of the film, I found this surprisingly morbid since it was sometime this year that a body was found in a lake in Tampa Bay; surrounded by alligators. Since I do not want to exploit this tragic event, I will not include names or extra details.

All in all, the movie was entertaining and at sometimes actually scary but that was about it. It isn’t a movie I would see again, since it could have easily created a craze of fearing alligators just as Jaws did pertaining to sharks.

Have any of you seen the movie? What did you think of it?

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