The Movie: 5/10
As they say in England, “It is what it says on the tin.” Translation, there is a lot of crawling, in a crawl space, with a crawling creature hunting down some injured crawling humans. Don’t be fooled, this is not a horror movie and it’s not a creature feature and it’s not a suspense flick….I’m not actually sure what it is, but I’ll tell you this, I enjoyed it. Yea, it’s got a lame story and some over acting here and there, but there is something about it that was just a fun little afternoon flick for me.
A failing father-daughter relationship, a hurricane, an inescapable crawlspace that is somehow connected to a horrible evil drainage system, and a big hangry crocodile/alligator, come on…what’s not to love? A lot, but I forgive the sins, and no, I can’t really justify that forgiveness. We all just have to accept it and move on.
If you never allow a movie to just BE a series of moving pictures with sound and some kind of adventure that you would never ever be on in your real life, you are missing out. Don’t look too close at the special effects. From time to time you will think you are watching a movie from the 1900’s, but it’s forgivable. Don’t hope for too much in the department of character development, it’s not there. We have daughter who is tired of dad’s inability to communicate since the divorce, and dad is just, well, stunted. It’s forgivable. Characters who come and go very quickly, usually with large teeth downloaded into some part of their body, are cardboard cutouts of nobodies. Forgivable.
What I can’t forgive is the cover. It’s crap! If someone said, “Would you watch THIS movie based ONLY on the cover/poster?”
- Intro and Alternate Opening (5 Minutes) – Director Alexandre Aja takes us through this motion comic of sorts.
- Deleted & Extended Scenes (6 Minutes) – 3 deleted scenes, its quite obvious why they were removed.
- Beneath Crawl (28 Minutes) – A pretty standard documentary that takes you through the filming days on set. Special effects are also covered towards the end.
- Category 5 Gators: The VFX Of Crawl (12 Minutes) – A much more detailed look at how they brought the CGI alligators to life.
- Alligator Attacks (2 Minutes) – A montage of the films wilder moments.
- Digital Copy
Audio & Video: 8/10
Crawl comes to Blu-ray using a very sharp 1080P transfer that does the film justice. The movie mostly takes place in the dark and wet basement but you are never left wondering what is going on. Shadow detail is dark and inky but perfectly sharp and I saw no pixelation or banding.
The DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 lossless mix used here is reference quality without a doubt. The LFE channels are used whenever the alligators are onscreen with the thud of the tails being one of the standouts. Dialog is crystal clear even when the action is in the eye of the storm this is a great sounding movie turn it up LOUD.
Overall Score 5/10