As a ferocious hurricane hits and flood waters rise, a daughter and her father get penned in the crawl space of their family home by hungry alligators.
It’s a simple premise and one which might make you think, how do they make that stretch out for 90 minutes? “With great difficulty” is unfortunately the answer.
There’s a limit to the number of times you can watch someone try and swim quietly through dirty water to avoid detection and the film hits that point at about the 60 minute mark. The action start to get very repetitive and the limited confines eventually become a little bit of a hindrance. The family drama that runs alongside the action is unfortunately also fairly weak and as a result there’s little else to keep you entertained once the initial premise has worn thin.
That being said, the film is not completely devoid of quality. There is the occasional inventive set-piece and the FX are undeniably impressive throughout. Also, any moment the family dog is onscreen has an extra added level of tension; the pooch in question giving arguably the strongest performance of the entire film.
If you want a loud, silly monster movie to zone out to, Crawl is certainly well made and functional. It’s instantly forgettable though and is too lacking in both flair and emotional depth to keep you engaged for too long.