(WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD)
Last summer we got the surprisingly successful “The Meg” starring Jason Staham (The Transporter, Hobbs & Shaw) featuring a 50ft massive shark which took a huge bite out the box office earning a whopping 530.2 million dollars. So why not keep the same energy except this time we do it in the great state of Florida and instead of a 50ft shark we get a few aggressive alligators.
I will go on record to say that despite barely breaking 18 million in its opening weekend at the box office, I enjoyed the movie and I thought it was a good original story about survival and family and the will to fight back when you’re backs against the wall. I usually never let box office numbers influence my opinion about a movie and so I tried to walk in this one with an open mind and ended up walking out pretty satisfied. The movie picks up with Haley, a young talented swimmer played by Kaya Rose Scodelario-Davis who fails to win her college swimming race. She receives a phone call from her sister who is concerned about their father Dave (Barry Pepper) who’s not answering his phone while a category 5 hurricane is preparing to rock the state of Florida. I will admit the movie does take a little while to actually pick up but once it takes it off it’s a non stop race to survive. These are the type of movies that make you ask yourself “what would I do if I found myself in the same situation?”
Perhaps the box office run won’t really do the movie any justice considering the movie is certified fresh on rotten tomatoes, but I think if you’re a fan of horror and jumpy scenes then you’ll enjoy this movie. From torn limbs to broken legs, to breathtaking moments that’ll leave you shocked, crawl will definitely have you at the edge of your seat. It’s that terrifying feeling that this could happen to anyone (who lives near the water in the state of Florida that is). I feel like a lot of credit goes out to Sam Raimi who produced the movie through his Ghost House Pictures banner. You may know Raimi from the original Spider-Man trilogy (2002-2007) which he directed. After eventually almost losing her leg, hand, her father, and even her mind Haley manages to overcome and outsmart the enormous and surprisingly aggressive alligators while carrying her banged up and torn father to safety. The waters tower over the houses while Haley, their dog sugar and Barry light up a flare and wait for a rescue helicopter to save them.
Crawl now sits at 28 million at the box office heading into its second weekend and considering it had to compete with the newest comedy Stuber, Spider-Man Far From home and even Toy Story 4. Like I said sometimes box office numbers don’t do the movie justice and with Lion King set to release tomorrow I’d say crawl has most likely peeked at the box office. With that being said if you find yourself intrigued to check it out and want to see a suspenseful movie then I’d recommend to take a bite out of it.
Crawl is in theaters now.