Crawl ★★★

CRAWL (15)
D: Alexandre Aja
Paramount/Fire Axe (Craig J. Flores, Sam Raimi & Alexandre Aja)
US 2019
87 mins

Thriller/Horror/Adventure

W: Michael Rasmussen & Shawn Rasmussen
DP: Maxime Alexandre
Ed: Elliot Greenberg
Mus: Max Aruj & Steffan Thum

Kaya Scodelario (Haley Keller), Barry Pepper (Dave Keller), Ross Anderson (Wayne Taylor), Morfydd Clark (Beth Keller), Jose Palma (Pete)

As if being stuck in the crawl space of a house during a category 5 hurricane wasn't bad enough, Haley (Kaya Scodelario) and her father (Barry Pepper) also have to deal with some killer alligators who are on the prowl for some human flesh.
At a mere 87 minutes, this film doesn't outstay its welcome, and does crank up the tension with some thrilling set pieces.
Unfortunately, it does get bogged down a little with some pointless domestic issue subplots which only serve to pad out the running time and don't really have any resolution to the main thread of the plot.
Silly, but fun, the film does verge on ridiculous by how much plot armour is given to Kaya Scodelario's character, and though it will occasionally have you screaming "Oh, come off it!" and "Get real!" at the screen, you'll be biting fingernails throughout the most part.
6/10