Flash Movie Review: Crawl

I ADMIT I DO HAVE MY FAVORITES. My top three to see when I go to a zoo are the monkeys, big cats and bears. Chimpanzees, in particular, have a special place inside of me since my first stuffed animal was one. When I visit a zoo or a variation of an animal sanctuary, I not only pay attention to those animals that attract a crowd of people, but also to those less popular ones. I find it interesting; no matter which zoo I am visiting, the same type of animals draws the same size crowds. From my observations animals that have fur or hair are more popular than those that have scales or bare skin. There are always more people around a giraffe than a snake. I believe the more an animal has human like mannerisms, the more comfortable humans are around it. Many times, I have seen throngs of people gravitate to the bear enclosure when someone is trying to get one of the bears to sit up for a peanut or marshmallow (not that I am condoning the feeding of animals). You should hear the people laugh and cheer if the bear not only sits up but catches the tossed food item in its mouth. It is as if one were teaching their pet; there is a connection being made to something familiar.      THE ANIMALS THAT TEND TO SCARE or at least cause people to be fearful are those that do not display any type of human characteristics. Snakes, bats and spiders come to mind first for me, as examples. Pair up a tiger stalking its prey and a snake doing the same thing; I am willing to bet people will have a more negative reaction to the snake than the tiger. Image how many more children became fearful of snakes due to the Harry Potter books? There is nothing cuddly or warm about snakes; people tend to put negative connotations on the species. All snakes are trying to do is survive, just like any other animal. Now I grant you if a movie studio wants to do a non-fantasy horror film, the easiest thing for them to do is to demonize a less popular animal. Something on the order of a killer shark or piranhas would easily fit the bill. Sure, there have been rabid dogs and angry birds; but, they all miss what I refer to as the “ick” factor. There is something about a hairless/furless crazed animal that scares us more. See for yourself in this action, adventure horror film.      DESPITE BEING IN THE PATH OF A category 5 hurricane Harley, played by Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner franchise, Moon), would not let anything stop her from checking up on her dad Dave, played by Barry Pepper (True Grit, The Green Mile). What she found could easily kill her. With Morfydd Clark (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, The Call Up) as Beth, Ross Anderson (Unbroken, The Silent Storm) as Wayne and relative newcomer Anson Booth as Stan; the animals were the stars of this picture. The acting did not move me much; however, I put most of the blame of it on the script. It did not make sense in parts and I felt the writers were trying too hard to make the viewers care for the actors. There was not anything that made me jump out of my seat; it was more of me feeling “icky” at several scenes. Again, this was simply due to the animals in the story. If the writers had gone the campy route, this could have been a fun B movie. As it stands now, it was just okay. Okay like watching a past movie released in the theaters airing repeatedly on television. If there is nothing else playing, one might decide to see this one. Just remember there will be blood in the water.

 

2 stars       

About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on July 15, 2019, in Thriller and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. Thank you for your review (and for the zoo anecdotes!)! I’m not reading anything positive about this movie, I’m now thinking that I shouldn’t watch it, after all…

  2. Oh….Ufff….The trailer does not inspire, to be honest. If this crawl were a famous politician, it would have more sense. Thanks for your wonderful review! 🙂

  3. theheliophile24

    Your review is awesome

  4. I watched it on DVD a few days ago, and I thought it was technically quite well done. Alexandre Aja had already won me over with Piranha 3-D and Haute Tension. So I would have given the film more stars.

  5. I watched this the other night and thought I would have a look to see if you had reviewed it. The movie had a pretty decent Rotten Tomatoes score and I thought it would be entertaining. I was disappointed so I thought I’d have a look to see whether I could have picked up a warning from you. Yes is the answer.

    I can set aside characters behaving in illogical ways in the context of disaster or monster movies. There have to be people acting in daft ways in order to create the opportunities for peril and risk. What I did not like about this movie is that it was neither fish nor foul and, therefore, ended up being entirely mediocre. It would have worked harder on atmosphere and suspense and on making us care about the characters in order to be a decent thriller but it did none of those things. Or it could have upped the silliness to become an entertaining B movie, really make the alligators into monsters, and it did not lean into that genre either.

    • HI Laura, I hope you and the family are safe and healthy. It is good to hear we are on the same wavelength regarding this film, but it was a shame you did not come read the review first. This could have been more entertaining but as you said they took neither path to make that happen. Thanks for the comments and be well.

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