#MovieMonday: Crawl Review: Mindless & Plotless Disaster-Horror Film to Destress

If you were having a bit of difficulty trying to find a good movie to watch last weekend, I feel you.

Especially so if you’re done with Spider-Man: Far from Home and Toy Story 4.

What else can you do? Watch a movie that you don’t understand for two hours or stand in front of Rain Vortex in Jewel and watch the flow of water for two hours? Both achieve the same result: lulling you into dreamworld.

But hidden in the cinema-verse is a hidden gem…

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…which I’m too afraid to watch because I’m weak like that, so with Goody Feed’s money, I took a leap of faith and went for this instead:

Image: gv.com.sg

According to its synopsis, it’s merely a story of alligators, which we’d prefer to call crocodiles, trying to eat humans, so it shouldn’t be that scary, right?

Crocodiles are always cute. There’s even a clothing brand named after them.

Image: Tenor

But boy, am I wrong.

Because this movie is everything but cute. And not a single bit boring.

Crawl, a Movie About Super Hungry Alligators

Lest you’ve not come home after Spider-Man: Far From Home, here’s Crawl’s synopsis according to our BFF Google:

When a massive hurricane hits her Florida town, young Haley ignores the evacuation orders to search for her missing father, Dave. After finding him gravely injured in their family home, the two of them become trapped by the rapidly encroaching floodwaters. With the storm strengthening, Haley and Dave discover an even greater threat than the rising water level — a relentless attack from a pack of gigantic alligators.

And its trailer:

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So, is this movie worth the movie ticket?

Yes, and no. Depending on what type of viewer you are.

Marvel Lover Would Love It

Despite the risk of offending every Marvel fan out there, here’s my one-line review: this is an action-packed movie filled with lots of action and a weak plot.

In fact, you’d have known the story from the synopsis: girl tried to survive in a place filled with crocodiles that seemed to have fasted for days.

The setup is simple: the protagonist is fighting both the flood and the crocodiles, and much of the 88 minutes take place in a house that’s filled with so much seawater, you can almost smell it.

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With lots of screaming and enough jump scares, you would wonder if the stranger beside you would toss his bucket of popcorn on you. Heck, when you turn your head, that guy wearing a crocodile polo-tee might have turned into a crocodile and is looking to feast on you for dinner.

You can feel the fear of the characters easily even at the comfort of the movie theatre: the performance of the characters, including the crocodiles whom I know are CGI-ed but still consider actors, is outstanding and near perfect.


But that’s it: that’s what the plot is all about. Nothing’s missed out.

Disaster leads to crocodiles swimming around you, and you try to siam and find a way out.

There’s no incentive for you to figure out if the movie is going to reveal something shocking, like the crocodiles are all part of an illusion by a magician who uses drones to create a life-like disaster, or the protagonist is going back in time to kill all crocodiles so that crocodiles would be extinct when the hurricane occurred.

You’re going to spend 88 minutes experiencing the fear of humans and the hunger of CGI-ed crocodiles.

It’s worth a watch if you’re one who likes to immerse in a plotless world and experience a new life.


If you’re there to watch a movie with a plot, then just re-watch Spider-Man: Far From Home. At least that Marvel movie has a plot twist. Two, in fact, if you watch the end credits scene.

Rating: 3/5

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