Pssst, want to check out Crawl in our new look?
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Interesting mix of natural disaster/survival movie and horror elements. Neither especially good nor bad overall, put together well enough. Worth watching if the genre mixture appeals, otherwise probably not.
Replace the surfer with a competitive swimmer, and the shark with alligators, and The Shallows becomes Crawl, summer 2019's B-movie darling. It's perhaps not as psychologically resonant as The Shallows, but it's meaner, leaner, more exciting, and I like it more. Somewhere at the crossroads between creature feature and disaster movie, we could put it in the category of survival film very easily, the daughter-father team having to survive a hungry alligator farm in the middle of a hurricane, and it's always one damn thing after another, even when you think you're entering epilogue territory. The CG alligators aren't always perfect, but the hurricane is amazing. It's really too bad that the heroes shrug off their wounds so easily (when other characters are pretty much one-bite lunches), because their solutions to problems feel very real. If you accept their semi-imperviousness, then you're in for an edge-of-your-seat movie experience.
An action-horror that starts well - and ends well (!). Tension almost all the time, claustrophobic feeling, believable. Nothing I will see again, but good for the moment.
to see which of your friends have seen this movie!