Crawl

Crawl

2019, R, 87 min. Directed by Alexandre Aja. Starring Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper, Morfydd Clark, Ross Anderson, Anson Boon, George Somner.

REVIEWED By Richard Whittaker, Fri., July 19, 2019

Ever get the feeling that some filmmakers are overthinking things? Nuance, insight, cinematic innovation, yes, they all have their place. But then, so do films that know they don't need that. That's no insult: After all, a great chef can make a perfect soufflé with five ingredients. That's Crawl, although the end result is delicious screams, rather than discussions about mouthfeel.

It's the definition of a simple setup. Competitive swimmer Haley (Skins' Scodelario) gets a call from her sister, Beth (Clark): Their estranged father, Dave (Pepper), isn't answering his phone, and there's a Category 5 hurricane headed to their old family home in Southern Florida. Haley drives down to find him, only to discover that he's trapped in the crawl space. Why's he trapped? Because there are alligators. Why are there alligators? Because it's Florida.

So, alligators, crawl space, rising floodwaters, a central character who can swim, and a little family tension. What else do you need? Nothing, especially when you have a game cast, and a director who knows how to unleash nature for terrifying, bloody effect.

Aja's career has proved that he is the living embodiment of less is more. His breakout success, 2005's Haute Tension, was a highlight of the French New Extremity, even if it has plot holes you could throw a severed head through (and a large head at that). When he tries to get too complex, like his Munchausen by proxy debacle The 9th Life of Louis Drax, it's a mess. When he concentrates on a flat-out, effective gorefest like his remake of The Hills Have Eyes, he's in his element. Another remake, Piranha 3D, proved he could handle waterborne menaces, and so Crawl is absolutely in his sweet spot.

It's that simple setup; it gets straight to the action, there's just enough personal drama to give the audience a good reason to root for the humans, and it's all just top-notch gory fun. Everything set up in the first 20 minutes powers the remaining hour, with the subtle, underlying tension that the higher the water rises, the more this becomes the alligators' domain (moreover, the script by siblings Michael and Shawn Rasmussen never tries to make the gators anything other than a big, abstract gang of hungry predators). Crawl is lean, mean fun, and in a summer of overwrought art-horror and mean-spirited studio remakes of indie faves, this classic, old-school creature feature is the cleansing bloodbath we need.

Showtimes

Barton Creek Square (AMC)

2901 South Capital of Texas Hwy, 512/306-1991, www.amctheatres.com

Matinee discounts available before 4pm daily. Bring Your Baby matinees the first Tuesday of every month.

Sun., July 21

CC/DVS 10:40am, 1:00, 3:20, 5:50, 8:10, 10:50

Mon., July 22

CC/DVS 11:00am, 1:20, 3:40, 6:00, 8:30, 10:50

Tue., July 23

CC/DVS 10:40am, 1:00, 3:20, 5:50, 8:10, 10:50

Wed., July 24

CC/DVS 11:00am, 1:20, 3:40, 6:00, 8:30, 10:50

Cinemark 20 and XD

N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

Cost for 3-D and XD shows is regular ticket price plus a premium.

Sun., July 21

digital 10:05am, 12:50, 3:20, 5:50, 8:25, 10:55

Mon., July 22

digital 10:05am, 12:50, 3:20, 5:50, 8:25, 10:55

Tue., July 23

digital 10:05am, 12:50, 3:20, 5:50, 8:25, 10:55

Wed., July 24

digital 10:05am, 12:50, 3:20, 5:50, 8:25, 10:55

Cinemark Cedar Park

1335 E. Whitestone, Cedar Park, 800/326-3264

Call theatre for complete list of movies and showtimes.

Sun., July 21

digital 9:20am, 11:45am, 2:20, 4:45, 7:20, 10:10

Mon., July 22

digital 9:20am, 11:45am, 2:20, 4:45, 7:20, 10:10

Tue., July 23

digital 9:20am, 11:45am, 2:20, 4:45, 7:20, 10:10

Wed., July 24

digital 9:20am, 11:45am, 2:20, 4:45, 7:20, 10:10

Sun., July 21

digital 9:40am, 12:05, 2:35, 5:05, 7:30, 10:00

Mon., July 22

digital 9:40am, 12:20, 2:55, 5:25, 7:55, 10:25

Tue., July 23

digital 9:40am, 12:20, 2:55, 5:25, 7:55, 10:25

Wed., July 24

digital 9:40am, 12:20, 2:55, 5:25, 7:55, 10:25

Cinemark Round Rock

4401 N. I-35, Round Rock, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium. Call theatre for complete March 26-28 showtimes.

Sun., July 21

digital 9:20am, 11:55am, 2:25, 5:10, 7:40, 10:20

Mon., July 22

digital 9:20am, 11:55am, 2:25, 5:10, 7:40, 10:20

Tue., July 23

digital 9:20am, 11:55am, 2:25, 5:10, 7:40, 10:20

Wed., July 24

digital 9:20am, 11:55am, 2:25, 5:10, 7:40, 10:20

Cinemark Southpark Meadows

9900 S. I-35, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Sun., July 21

digital 10:15am, 12:35, 3:00, 5:25, 7:55, 10:25

Mon., July 22

digital 10:15am, 12:35, 3:00, 5:25, 7:55, 10:25

Tue., July 23

digital 10:15am, 12:35, 3:00, 5:25, 7:55, 10:25

Wed., July 24

digital 10:15am, 12:35, 3:00, 5:25, 7:55, 10:25

Cinemark Stone Hill Town Center

18820 Hilltop Commercial Dr., 512/251-0938, www.cinemark.com

Sun., July 21

digital 10:30am, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:00

Mon., July 22

digital 10:30am, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 9:50

Tue., July 23

digital 10:30am, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:00

Wed., July 24

digital 10:30am, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 9:50

City Lights Theatre

420 Wolf Ranch Parkway, Georgetown, 512/868-9922

Sun., July 21

1:40, 4:40, 7:40, 10:05

Mon., July 22

10:40am, 1:40, 4:40, 7:40, 10:05

Tue., July 23

1:40, 4:40, 7:40, 10:05

Wed., July 24

10:40am, 1:40, 4:40, 7:40, 10:05

EVO Entertainment

3200 Kyle Crossing, Kyle, 512/523-9009, www.evo-entertainment.com

Sun., July 21

10:15am, 2:45, 5:15, 7:30, 9:45

Mon., July 22

12:00, 2:15, 4:30, 7:00, 9:15

Tue., July 23

12:30, 2:45, 5:15, 7:30, 9:45

Wed., July 24

12:00, 2:15, 4:30, 7:00, 9:15

Flix Brewhouse

2200 S. I-35, Round Rock, 512/244-3549, www.flixbrewhouse.com/round-rock

Sun., July 21

12:00, 2:50, 7:45, 10:30
CC 12:00, 2:50, 7:45, 10:30

Mon., July 22

12:00, 2:50, 7:45, 10:30
CC 12:00, 2:50, 7:45, 10:30

Tue., July 23

12:00, 2:50, 7:45, 10:30
CC 12:00, 2:50, 7:45, 10:30

Wed., July 24

12:00, 2:50, 7:45, 10:30
CC 12:00, 2:50, 7:45, 10:30

Thu., July 25

2:10, 4:45, 6:30, 9:20
CC 2:10, 4:45, 6:30, 9:20

Galaxy Highland 10

6700 Middle Fiskville, 512/467-7305, www.galaxytheatres.com

No one under 18 will be allowed in the theatre on Friday or Saturday after 7pm without an adult.

Sun., July 21

CC 10:10am, 12:30, 2:55, 5:15, 7:45, 10:10

Mon., July 22

CC 10:10am, 12:30, 2:55, 5:15, 7:45, 10:10

Tue., July 23

CC 10:10am, 12:30, 2:55, 5:15, 7:45, 10:10

Wed., July 24

CC 10:10am, 12:30, 2:55, 5:15, 7:45, 10:10

Thu., July 25

CC 10:10am, 12:30, 2:55, 5:15, 7:45, 10:10

Gateway Theatre

9700 Stonelake, 512/416-5700

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Sun., July 21

CC/DVS 11:45am, 2:10, 4:35, 7:00, 9:25

Mon., July 22

CC/DVS 11:45am, 2:10, 4:35, 7:00, 9:25

Tue., July 23

CC/DVS 11:45am, 2:10, 4:35, 7:00, 9:25

Wed., July 24

CC/DVS 11:45am, 2:10, 4:35, 7:00, 9:25

Thu., July 25

CC/DVS 11:45am, 2:10, 4:35, 7:00, 9:25

Hometown Cinemas

120 MLK Jr. Industrial Blvd. W, Lockhart, 512/398-4100, www.hometowncinemas.com

Sun., July 21

11:50am, 2:10, 4:30, 7:30, 9:40

Mon., July 22

11:50am, 2:10, 4:30, 7:30, 9:40

Tue., July 23

11:50am, 2:10, 4:30, 7:30, 9:40

Wed., July 24

11:50am, 2:10, 4:30, 7:30, 9:40

Thu., July 25

11:50am, 2:10, 4:30, 7:30, 9:40

iPic Theaters Austin

3225 Amy Donovan Plaza, 512/568-3400, www.ipic.com

Sun., July 21

1:15, 3:45, 6:15, 9:10

Mon., July 22

11:00am, 2:15, 4:30, 8:00, 10:45

Tue., July 23

11:00am, 2:15, 4:30, 8:00, 10:45

Wed., July 24

11:00am, 2:15, 4:30, 8:00, 10:45

AMC Lakeline 9

11200 Lakeline Mall Dr., Cedar Park, 512/335-4793

Discounts daily before 6pm.

Sun., July 21

CC/DVS 10:10am, 12:40, 3:20, 5:30, 7:45, 10:10

Mon., July 22

CC/DVS 12:45, 3:10, 7:15, 9:30

Tue., July 23

CC/DVS 11:10am, 2:30, 5:15, 7:30, 9:40

Wed., July 24

CC/DVS 12:45, 3:10, 7:15

Metropolitan

901 Little Texas, 512/447-0101

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Sun., July 21

CC/DVS 12:00, 2:30, 5:15, 7:40, 10:45

Mon., July 22

CC/DVS 11:30am, 2:30, 5:00, 7:45, 10:45

Tue., July 23

CC/DVS 12:00, 2:30, 5:15, 7:45, 10:45

Wed., July 24

CC/DVS 12:00, 2:30, 5:15, 7:45, 10:45

Thu., July 25

CC/DVS 12:00, 2:30, 5:15, 7:45, 10:45

Moviehouse & Eatery

8300 N. FM 620, Bldg. B, 512/501-3520, www.themoviehouse.com/trails/

Sun., July 21

12:45, 3:15, 5:45, 8:15, 10:55

Mon., July 22

12:45, 3:15, 5:45, 8:15, 10:55

Tue., July 23

12:45, 3:15, 5:45, 8:15, 10:55

Wed., July 24

12:45, 3:15, 5:45, 8:15, 10:55

Thu., July 25

12:45, 3:15, 5:45, 8:15, 10:55

Moviehouse & Eatery - Lantana Place

7415 Southwest Parkway, Building 7, 512/572-0770, www.themoviehouse.com/lantana/

Sun., July 21

11:30am, 2:30, 5:15, 8:00

Mon., July 22

11:30am, 2:30, 5:15, 8:00

Tue., July 23

11:30am, 2:30, 5:15, 8:00

Wed., July 24

11:30am, 2:30, 5:15, 8:00

Thu., July 25

11:30am, 2:30, 5:15, 8:00

Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8

1600 Chestnut St, Bastrop, 512/321-0123, www.schulmantheatres.com

Sun., July 21

10:40am, 1:40, 4:45, 7:40, 10:25

Mon., July 22

10:40am, 1:40, 4:45, 7:40, 10:25

Tue., July 23

1:40, 4:45, 7:40, 10:25

Wed., July 24

10:40am, 1:40, 4:45, 7:40, 10:25

ShowBiz Cinemas 8 Marble Falls

2600 Hwy 281 North, Marble Falls

Call theatre for August 22-23 showtimes.

Sun., July 21

11:20am, 1:50, 4:55, 7:10, 9:30

Mon., July 22

11:20am, 1:50, 4:00, 7:10, 9:30

Tue., July 23

11:20am, 1:50, 4:00, 7:10, 9:30

Wed., July 24

1:50, 4:55, 7:10, 9:30

Thu., July 25

11:20am, 1:50, 4:10

Sky Cinemas

13201 US-290, 512/457-0700, www.skycinemas.com

Sun., July 21

11:00am, 1:10, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40, 9:50

Mon., July 22

11:00am, 1:10, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40, 9:50

Tue., July 23

11:00am, 1:10, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40, 9:50

Wed., July 24

10:30am, 12:40, 2:50, 4:45, 7:40, 9:50

Thu., July 25

11:00am, 1:10, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40, 9:50

Sun., July 21

10:45am, 5:15, 7:45, 10:45

Mon., July 22

10:45am, 2:00, 4:20, 7:30, 10:45

Tue., July 23

10:45am, 2:00, 4:20, 7:30, 10:45

Wed., July 24

10:45am, 5:15, 7:45, 10:45

Starplex 12 San Marcos

1250 Wonder World Drive, San Marcos, 512/805-8000

Sun., July 21

12:45, 3:15, 5:45, 8:15, 10:45

Mon., July 22

12:45, 3:15, 5:45, 8:15, 10:45

Tue., July 23

12:45, 3:15, 5:45, 8:15, 10:45

Wed., July 24

12:45, 3:15, 5:45, 8:15, 10:45

Thu., July 25

12:45, 3:15, 5:45, 8:15, 10:45

Westgate 11

4477 S. Lamar, 512/899-2717

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Sun., July 21

CC/DVS 10:00am, 2:30, 4:45, 8:25, 10:45

Mon., July 22

CC/DVS 10:00am, 12:10, 1:35, 5:30, 7:35, 10:05

Tue., July 23

CC/DVS 10:00am, 12:10, 1:40, 5:30, 7:35, 10:10

Wed., July 24

CC/DVS 10:00am, 12:10, 1:40, 5:30, 7:35, 10:10

Thu., July 25

CC/DVS 10:00am, 12:10, 1:35, 5:30, 7:35, 10:05

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