You know it’s the soft-spot of the summer when the king of squirm himself texts to suggest that we head off to see a scary movie. Such was the case this past bargain Tuesday, with L&D finding ourselves in the upper-deck of a packed house for the late showing of Crawl, this summer’s addition to the creepy action fare genre.
And it’s not too bad!
The movie takes us to Florida, two hours from Gainsville by car, we’re told, where a hurricane is depositing enough water to flood the place out. Without giving too much away, let’s just say there are some biggun gators on the loose. Who knew? How they terrorize a college student and her hapless father (among others) is the subject of the movie.
The filmmakers definitely did a lot with a little here. I liked the student (Kaya Scodelario) a lot better than I liked the dad (Barry Pepper), though clearly both have some acting chops. The script was pretty tight and self-contained, somewhat logical as far as it goes, not as annoying as it might have been, and plenty creepy. It definitely taxed the limits of the L&D Jump-o-Meter that we bring along for such occasions, though it didn’t seem to phase the younger generation seated amongst us.
I think the kids enjoyed it though. If I recall correctly, we even shared some laughs. I particularly liked the ever-so-brief billboard advertising a giant alligator zoo, barely noticeable if you aren’t looking for it, as the main character drove through the storm. Solid all around.
If you are up for some creepy crawlies, check out Crawl. But I think I will pass on the invitation to join you. Once is enough for me, thank you very much.