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by Alexandre Aja

Against all logic, the competitive swimmer, Haley, drives into the mouth of a furiously destructive Category 5 hurricane on a collision course with her hometown in Florida, to check in on her estranged father, Dave. There, in their weather-beaten house amid a rapidly sinking and alligator-infested town, Haley and her father find themselves trapped in the labyrinthine mess of their flooded crawl space, where a merciless pair of six-metre predators is silently stalking them. Now — as Haley and Dave are gasping for air in the claustrophobic basement — only their will to survive can help them stand a chance against the scaly adversaries' powerful jaws. Can they escape without getting eaten alive?

This was actually a decent survival horror movie. A cat 5 hurricane hits Florida and as Haley finishes up her swim meet, she gets a call from her sister who is worried that she hasn’t heard from their father (whom Haley is estranged from). As she heads out of town to evacuate, Haley changes her mind and goes to her father’s house where she only finds his dog. She has suspicions that he has gone to the old family home and heads there despite the worsening conditions.

This is where the trouble begins. Not only does she find her father unconscious and injured in the flooding basement, but alligators have made their way into the home. The rest of the movie is a fight, not only from the invading alligators, but also from the rising flood waters. Yes, there’s a lot of CGI and plot holes, but enjoy it for what it is: a lot of blood, people getting eaten, and family drama.

If you’re one that likes films where it’s people vs animals vs the elements, you will enjoy this movie. Crawl is a solid 6/10 for me!

Lisa Forlow, HMS

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