[REVIEW] CRAWL - BRUTAL, RELENTLESS, SATISFYING

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Lean and mean, just how I like my genre films. First act set-up concisely unfolds against a backdrop of dark skies and the ceaseless roar of torrential rain, so Crawl’s suspenseful atmosphere is building from its earliest minutes.

Reminiscent of Don’t Breathe and Green Room, director Alexandre Aja uses a claustrophobic setting to fantastic effect. A confined crawlspace becomes the stage for increasingly intense set-pieces, an ever-constricting cage of pipes and muck-encrusted brick. The tight environment never seems dull, since varied and escalating obstacles constantly shift the dynamic of the location. That doesn’t change even when the gory thrills move to other areas.