Thursday 19 September 2019

Crawl review: 'An enjoyable and admirably uncomplicated B-horror'

3 stars

Paul Whitington

Paul Whitington

Brisk, businesslike and puckishly funny, Crawl is an enjoyable and admirably uncomplicated B-horror.

A category five hurricane is tearing its way across Florida when student Haley Keller (Kaya Scodelario) realises that her father is missing.

When she tracks Dave (Barry Pepper) down at their old family home, she finds him trapped in the flooded basement, which is also infested by alligators.

Pretty early on, we find out that Haley’s a champion swimmer, a handy premise for lots of aquatic chase scenes in which we discover that though they have lots of teeth, gators probably don’t play chess in their spare time.

(15A, 87mins)

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