What’s not to love about a premise like this? Sporty girl gets trapped in the crawlspace below the family home during a hurricane and has to wrestle ‘gators to save her old man. There really isn’t that much more to the story than that which is fine. We all know why we’re really here.


A young woman, while attempting to save her father during a category 5 hurricane, finds herself trapped in a flooding house and must fight for her life against alligators.

If the storm doesn’t get you… they will

*Minor spoilers*

My Review

Skins‘ Effy is Haley, a plucky swimmer (lucky) who thinks she might be done with the sport when she fails to beat the competition during an important meet. When she gets out of training she realises Florida is in chaos, due to an impending hurricane – and its a doozy.

Unfortunately, Haley and her concerned sister can’t get hold of their father (Barry Pepper), so she ignores all the warnings to travel to his condo to check on him. Honestly, if you’ve any respect for rules and/or personal safety, this kind of irresponsible decision making is seriously going to grind your gears.

Of course this 87 minute movie would be infinitely shorter if this was a quick in and out visit. No, Haley has to find her dad first and he’s also flouting all safety suggestions by taking an ill-timed walk down memory lane. With the help of good dog Sugar, she eventually finds him in the basement of their old home – but they’re not alone.

If she’s going to save them both (and Sugar), she’s going to have to make it snappy.

What follows is a race against time as Haley has to work out how to get them upstairs and out of the house before the rising flood drowns them both. The alligators aren’t going to make it easy for them either.

My Comments

Honestly, this was fine. It did what I wanted it to and there were some genuinely tense scenes. Also a lot of innocent characters getting killed or placed in mortal danger because of the central characters and their selfishness, just saying.

The ‘monster’ work was sublime though and I loved the concept of the alligators chomping on everyone willy-nilly. Some of the most satisfying moments were when randoms got eaten on the sidelines (not the cops, they didn’t deserve it).

It’s a good-looking film with some stunning framing. Kaya is impressive and does a good job of holding the film together by actually having the chutzpah required to save the day. However, when a film like this works hard to make you care about its protagonists it can often backfire and I don’t think anyone’s that bothered about the strained father/daughter history when there are limbs to be gobbled. Every moment of onscreen emotional jibba jabba could have been spent on more alligator action.

Worth checking out if you like your creature features though.

Film details:

Starring: Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper
Director: Alexandre Aja
Year: 2019
IMDB Rating: 6.6/10
My Rating: 3.5/5

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