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Crawl (2011)




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A seedy bar-owner hires a mysterious Croatian to murder an acquaintance over an unpaid debt. The crime is carried out, but a planned double-crossing backfires and an innocent waitress suddenly becomes involved. Now a hostage in her own home, the young woman is driven to desperate measures for survival. A suspenseful, yet darkly humorous chain of events builds to a blood-curdling and unforgettable climax.
Comedy , Mystery & Suspense
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Swann Arlaud
as Martin
Anne Marivin
as Corinne
Jean-Marie Frin
as Le père
David Boittin
as Cuchet
Louis Flattres
as Bastien
Thérèse Roussel
as Madame Morio
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Critic Reviews for Crawl

All Critics (7)

There's little originality but a decent amount of suspense, a great deal of blood and some promise.

Full Review… | February 24, 2013
Observer (UK)

Packed with references to classic horror thrillers, this Australian film is a gimmicky freak-out that keeps our pulses racing even if it never really gets under the skin.

Full Review… | February 22, 2013

A squeaky door steals the show.

Full Review… | February 21, 2013

Great individual scenes do not quite add up to a great film.

February 21, 2013
Little White Lies

It's one thing to pay homage to your favourite filmmakers; it's another to rip them off. If there's a fine line between the two, China has stepped well and truly over it.

Full Review… | February 20, 2013
The List

Though minimalist to a fault, there's plenty of tension to keep this grisly Aussie thriller bounding along.

Full Review… | February 18, 2013
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There's something to like and something to hate in this bloody thriller. The concept of it is interesting but it's so slow and painstaking to sit through.

Farah Rizq
Farah Rizq

One line summary: An interesting but incomplete effort by first time director Paul China. ------------------------ The Croatian comes to town and sanctions (kills for hire) the owner of a petrol station, Rusty Sapp. He gets paid by the Slim Walding (who owns the bar where most of the other characters work) and leaves town. He runs over a pedestrian on the way to his next stop. This turns out to be Travis, who's truck had stalled out. Marilyn prepares for the return of her fiance to be, Travis. He's late for business reasons. Then he keeps on being late. The Croatian breaks in, ties her up, and gags her. He's looking for transportation, but Travis had the truck as well as the keys to the old motorcycle. The police come visit Slim Walding about the murder of Rusty Sapp. Later, Slim and Holly play the spanking game to work off Holly's debt to Slim. He makes her crawl to him before she gets over his knee, bares her bottom, then spanks her hard. The Croatian goes back and kills what's left of Travis, then steals the engagement ring from the corpse. Slim finds his gun missing; he figures he's being set up. He drives to Marilyn's house, finds Travis' blood, Travis' truck, but not Travis. So he heads to Marilyn's house; he steps in the chocolate cake Marilyn's friend left on the stoop. He sees the blood from the Croatian's wounded leg. He tries to get answers after he unties Marilyn, but she has few answers. The Croatian comes in and disrupts their conversation. Then the Croatian goes after Marilyn. Do we find out the Croatian's motivations? Does Slim get what he seems to deserve? Will Marilyn survive all this? -------Scores-------- Cinematography: 10/10 Excellent. Sound: 8/10 The incidental music was often spot on, but sometimes overbearingly loud. Acting: 7/10 Just fine if one likes the acting style that the Coen brothers favour. Screenplay: 7/10 Just what was the plot against Slim? What was the history with Slim and Holly? How did the Croatian come into play here? There are a few too many loose ends here.

Ed Collins
Ed Collins

The directing was beautiful, the acting was amazing, but the storyline wasn't good. It was slow moving, and many parts seemed incredibly pointless and added nothing.

Josh Chanowitz
Josh Chanowitz

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