During a category five hurricane storm, a concerned young girl tries to contact her father and make sure he is safe. Her concern grows when she gets no response, and she decides to visit his home, finding he is trapped and wounded under the house. Plus! As the storm gets worse, the place also begins to flood with water and killer Alligators.
With a plot outline like above, this film is not to be taken seriously. The heavy use of CGI also reduces the movie from having a severe tone. This is the type of film you watch with a group of friends and have a laugh together as you switch off your brain.
As a plot, it’s essential and yet somewhat refreshing for 2019. Maybe it’s because the land of cinema has been overtaken by the likes of Disney remakes and Marvels films lately? I was also surprised by the film’s speedy pace and overall runtime. The film’s setup is too basic and generally gets right into the film and plot.
As the film duration passed by, I can also state the film isn’t too predictable in particular when it comes to the situation that surrounds our leading actors (father and daughter). Speaking of the father and daughter actors, I’m sorry to say, but considering the age difference between the two leads, it’s not entirely believable that the two are father and daughter (sorry, I just had to say it).
As far as the audio track is concerned, its a slightly mixed bag for me, in particular when talking about surround/rear effects. I found the rear speakers were only used to give the odd loud band and surprises. Barely any decent surround moments were provided within the house or during the hard sounds of the heavy rain. The film’s centre channel (dialogue) I also found slightly weak in certain moments. This could be due to the film’s budget, mixing or a bad cinema I attended this evening….? Maybe I’m alone here?!?
Overall, with a basic plot and fast pacing, Crawl manages to feel fresh for 2019. It’s a film that doesn’t take itself seriously, and it’s meant for film lovers to switch off their brains or to be shared with a group of friends that enjoy laughing out loud. I can’t deny it- it’s pretty silly, cheesy but damn it’s entertaining.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden