‘Crawl’ Film Review: Kaya Scodelario Contends With Killer Gators and a Toothless Screenplay

  • Author: Michael Nordine
  • July 12,2019

A group of alligators is called a “congregation.” A bad movie about alligators is called “Crawl.”

If your experience with the film is anything like mine, you were first introduced to it via a trailer that’s been provoking unintentional laughter in movie theaters over the last few months. You shouldn’t judge a movie by its marketing, just as you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but suffice to say that Alexandre Aja’s thriller lives down to expectations.

It’s toothless despite its alligator antagonists, not least because it never bothers linking its premise — a category 5 hurricane in Florida that causes a flood — to the existential threat hastening such extreme weather events in the first place. There’s something strange, in 2019, about a movie like this positioning actual alligators as the villain and not, you know, climate change; that the term is never even mentioned seems deliberately myopic,
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