“Crawl” (***1/2 out of four) was a white-knuckle thriller melodrama about a high-school girl (Kaya Scolderio) who attempts to risk all to save her father (Barry Pepper) during a Category-5 hurricane but soon finds herself trapped in his flooding house fighting to the death against a pair of deadly alligators who want to eat anything and everything in their path. Hold on tight! Spectacular filmmaking and visual effects plunge you right in the midst of the hurricane and the drowning house and film features plenty of hair-raising and jaggedly tense scares along the way which don’t let up until the end. Scolderio’s strong and soulful performance helps immensely. A career high for director Alexandre Aja who has made a B-movie into summer movie junk art. Bullseye!

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