Crawl (2019) – Summary, Review (with Spoilers)

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As long as you are looking for a bunch of jump scares and an exhibition of human endurance, when the adrenaline is pumping, you’ll love Crawl.

Director(s) Alexandre Aja
Screenplay By Michael Rasmussen, Shawn Rasmussen
Date Released 7/12/2019
Genre(s) Action, Thriller
Good If You Like
  • Jump Scares
Isn’t For You If You
  • Want Realistic Battles Against Gators
  • Hate Seeing People Do The Absolute Dumbest Things When Their Life Is In Danger
Noted Cast
Haley Kaya Scodelario
Dave Barry Pepper
Beth Morfydd Clark

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Crawl Plot Summary & Review

Haley has had a strained relationship with her father for quite some time. Partly it is due to him being her former swim coach and also due to the reasons behind why her mom and dad, Dave, divorced. Yet, when her older sister Beth can’t get in contact with their dad, despite it being a category 5 hurricane, Haley goes to check on her father. Someone who, as seen in the trailer, is trapped due to a local alligator farm flooding and Haley ends up trapped too. Forcing them both to fight for their lives.


The Jump Scares

If your goal is watching, waiting, for people to be attacked by alligators, Crawl delivers. Multiple times them big ass bastards will come out of nowhere and their kill count is surprisingly high and gory in the movie. Making it so you may begin to question, halfway through, will everyone make it out alive?

On The Fence

You Will Have To Suspend Your Disbelief

Neither Haley nor Dave have experience wrestling or fighting gators. Haley might be a bit athletic, but she isn’t brawny. As for Dave? While he can likely build a house, the man isn’t built like a WWE wrestler. Both are average so them getting away from at least half a dozen, or more, gators throughout the movie – with injuries? Yeah, no way, in reality, would that happen. Especially considering the injuries they get.

When The Movie Tries To Get Sentimental

I think we can agree no one is coming to this movie to see a father and daughter bond as they face death or living the rest of their life missing a limb. However, I’ll admit, the moments are sometimes touching. Not enough to get emotional over, but it helps push why Haley doesn’t abandon her dad during the multitude of chances she gets. Much less the dog.

Crawl Overall: Mixed (Divisive)

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As said in the overview, as long as you are coming for jump scares and to see two average people face alligators bigger than them, you’ll be fine. Will you also have to deal with sentimental moments and situations which make you think, “Come on now…” absolutely. Yet, the film is rather entertaining, and you’ll likely get a kick out of it. Especially if you watch it with others.

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