Crawl (2019): Action / Drama / Horror

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During a category 5 hurricane, a young woman attempts to save her trapped, estranged father from his flooding and inundated with alligators basement.

An action, drama, horror flick that will make you forget your problems for about an hour and a half. Alexandre Aja makes Crawl a tad more serious than Piranha 3D (2010), adding a pinch of a background story to the characters that is very early washed away by the flood and replaced by gimmicks and cliches. Unfortunately, it is easily forgettable. It leaves you with nothing to talk or think about once the end credits start scrolling down. Kaya Scodelario is definitely the right actress for the role and one day we’ll get to watch her in a film that will leave us with our jaw dropped. She’s an extremely talented actress and she deserves all the spotlight she can get. I’ve been a Barry Pepper fan for years but Crawl is not the reason.

Alexandre Aja will, one day, find the way back and direct a horror that will take your breath away. The horror genre needs him and his unconventional ‘eye’ desperately. He is way better than jump scares and yawnsome sequences that solely rely on sound effects. Haute Tension (2003) and The Hills Have Eyes (2006) are an original and a remake that beats the original respectively which speak volumes of his talent and skills. I don’t know what Space Adventure Cobra (announced) is, but I hope the one after that makes me indeed, once again, forget to breathe.

P.S. I hope Sam Raimi comes back to horror as well. He’s been sorely missed…

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