Alexandre Aja is my favorite horror director/producer just based on Piranha 3D, High Tension, The Hills Have Eyes and Evil Dead. Those four films were so phenomenal that I wanted to see Crawl just based on the fact that this was his latest movie. If you want suspense, Crawl will practically make you uncomfortable the entire film. It's simply shot with a minimum cast and it still manages to put you on the edge and tell a solid story. I don't know how else they could have told it but I could have done without the "swimmer" sub-story which was a little on the nose and obvious. I don't know enough about Alligators to know how real this could be but the amount of times these two are chomped on by alligators and keep going felt a little unbelievable. However, the tension and suspense is enough to keep you going and you root for them throughout. Kaya Scodelario is an excellent lead in the film. She's very down to earth and relatable and she makes her scenes believable. Barry Pepper is also good as her father and they have great chemistry opposite each other. The supporting cast is fine but barely get any screen time to make a difference. Despite complaints about the CGI in the film, I thought it was quite good. Great movie, great suspense, solid story, absolutely worth checking out for something a little different. 8.5/10
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