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Now showing in Taos: 'Crawl'

Swimmer and her dad try to survive a passel of 'gators in the middle of a hurricane

By Rick Romancito
tempo@taosnews.com
Posted 7/14/19

Is it an allegory? That was the first question that popped into my mind after watching the super-suspenseful "Crawl."

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Now showing in Taos: 'Crawl'

Swimmer and her dad try to survive a passel of 'gators in the middle of a hurricane

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Is it an allegory? That was the first question that popped into my mind after watching the super-suspenseful "Crawl." Could it be about socio-political forces assaulting the fractured family unit? Is the woman protagonist more than a championship swimmer trying to save her dad?

All I know is that I’m glad we don’t have alligators running loose in New Mexico and that we don’t have Category 5 Hurricanes either. (yet)

Kaya Scodelario and Barry Pepper star in this well made thriller highly calculated to make you jump out of your seats so many times you may as well tape your popcorn to the armrest with duct tape. Director Alexandre Aja, who also helmed “High Tension,” “The Hills Have Eyes,” “Horns” and, yes, “Piranha 3D,” opens with a little bit of domestic set-up before throwing the audience into the deep end of terror and doesn’t let up for almost the whole running time.

Most movies of this kind leave some room to take a breath long enough to let you pull your hands from your eyes, but here each pause is only long enough to watch our protagonists desperately trying to figure out a way to escape this insane predicament. As a result, the bare bones plot runs as a soft undercurrent to the violence and terror that makes up most of “Crawl’s” running time.

It starts out with a brief back story about a woman named Haley (Scodelario) who is a competitive swimmer on a college team. She’s good, even great, but she’s on the verge of losing her scholarship. When she was a kid, she was coached to near-stardom by her dad, Dave (Pepper), but when her folks got divorced things fell apart.

As the movie rolls along, we learn that Haley is getting nagging calls from her sister Beth (Morfydd Clark) who is worried about their dad who hasn’t answered any of her many calls. Making matters worse is that the area of Florida where Dave lives is right in the path of a predicted Category 5 hurricane. So, even though she is estranged from her dad, Haley decides she needs to find out for herself if he is ok.

What happens after that I won’t go into because it might steal some of the suspense, but suffice it to say Haley puts her swimming talents to good use while trying to keep herself and her dad from becoming ‘gator dinner. Any larger thoughts about what it all means is something to think about as you drive home and try to forget about big bitey creatures in the basement.

Tempo grade: B

“Crawl” is rated R for bloody creature violence, and brief language.

It is screening daily at Mitchell Storyteller 7 Theatres, 110 Old Talpa Cañón Road. For show times, tickets and additional information, call (575) 751-4245 or visit storyteller7.com.

Also showing in Taos

Stuber

MPAA rating: R for violence and language throughout, some sexual references and brief graphic nudity.

Mitchell Storyteller 7 Theatres

A mild-mannered Uber driver named Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) picks up a grizzled detective named Vic (Dave Bautista) who is hot on the trail of a sadistic, bloodthirsty terrorist and finds himself thrust into a harrowing ordeal where he has to keep his wits, himself unharmed, and work with his passenger while maintaining his high-class rating.

Comedy-action movie director by Michael Dowse co-stars Natalie Morales, Mira Sorvino, Betty Gilpin and Karen Gillan.

It is screening daily at Mitchell Storyteller 7 Theatres, 110 Old Talpa Cañón Road. For show times, tickets and additional information, call (575) 751-4245 or visit storyteller7.com.

The Tomorrow Man

MPAA rating: PG-13 for brief strong language and some suggestive material.

Taos Community Auditorium

Ed Hemsler (John Lithgow) spends his life preparing for a disaster that may never come. Ronnie Meisner (Blythe Danner) spends her life shopping for things she may never use. In a small town somewhere in America, these two people will try to find love while trying not to get lost in each other's stuff.

Directed by Noble Jones, this drama co-stars Derek Cecil, Katie Aselton and Sophie Thatcher

This film will be screened at 2 p.m. Sunday (July 14) and at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday (July 15-16) at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. For tickets and additional information, call (575) 758-2052 or visit tcataos.org.

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