Crawl (2019) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)

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Crawl (2019) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Alexandre Aja
STARRING: Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper, Ross Anderson
RATED: R/REGION A/2:39/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 2
AVAILABLE FROM Paramount Pictures

When a massive hurricane hits her Florida hometown, Haley (#KayaScodelario) ignores evacuation orders to search for her missing father (#BarryPepper). Finding him gravely injured in the crawl space of their family home, the two become trapped by quickly encroaching floodwaters. As time runs out to escape the strengthening storm, Haley and her father discover that the rising water level is the least of their fears.

Crawl is from a director I’m a big fan of Alexandre Aja. And he delivers the goods in the gore department here once again as we see a young woman and her father try to survive a hurricane all the while trying to avoid more than one hungry alligator. The best part of the film outside of the gore is the drama we have from the girl and her dad trying to avoid these alligators. There are some really tense moments and it can keep you questioning just how this one will turn out. On the other hand in the vein of an old school traditional slasher we have a few folks that show up for no other reason than to have a body count. I’m not complaining, I just wish it wasn’t so obvious in those cases. On the plus side of those, however, this leads to some great gruesome moments in the movie.

I like the setting and I like the concept but there are some plot points I found a bit harder to look over at different times. I think at the end of the day with it the best this one has to offer is the kills and the whole alligator thing. I’m not sure the lead really stands out any more than anyone else could have in the role and there were a few minor things here and there can get you questioning things you’ve seen a bit, but other than that it’s a fun time all in all and I think it makes for a fun watch if you want something that at least has a new concept.

Extras

– Introduction to Alternate Opening (00:23)
– Alternate Opening (04:50)
– Alligator Attacks (01:31)
– Beneath Crawl – Featurette (28:01)
– Category 5 Gators: The VFX of Crawl – Featurette (11:34)
– Deleted and Extended Scenes (05:52)

QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 97%

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