This toothless alligator versus humans flick needs some Gatorade

Piranha 3D director Alexandre Aja really didn't have much to do to make this a fun little shocker in the grand and absurd tradition of Snakes on a Plane. The set up is simple but even though it’s "based on a true story" and master of the macabre Sam Raimi produces, Crawl lacks tension, scares, and, most crucially for this breed of genre movie, laughs. 

A steely Kaya Scodelario plays Haley, an "apex predator" competitive swimmer, who defies all logic in a dash to rescue her estranged father (Barry Pepper) as a Category 5 hurricane bears down on her hometown in Florida. In short order, daughter and dad find themselves cornered in a flooded basement as monstrous alligators circle.

With a dearth of snappy dialogue, there’s plenty of time to crowbar in a laboured swimming/fighting off killer gators analogy and family issues are thrashed out as the murky waters rise. The usually great Pepper phones in his performance, difficult when you’re mostly underwater, and the alligators are the real stars. However, the final scene does have a certain flare (sic) and the closing credits get the biggest laugh.

Alan Corr @CorrAlan2