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This review is from: Crawlspace [DVD] (DVD)
A team of navy seals are sent into a facility (Known as Australias area 51) to exterminate a bunch of escaped criminals (or so they think) upon arriving at the facility, they discover that there is more to this place than meets the eye. A game of cat and mouse through the building vents and tunnels then ensues.
I was really looking forward to this one and got to see it last night. The first 20 minutes were really promising and set up the rest of film quite nicely. The problem was, the rest of the film took a totally different direction and got itself in a huge muddle.
Crawlspace isn't a bad film by any means but had it have taken the route that the first 20 minutes set up, it could have been so much better. Instead we are treated to a series of flat and unimaginative plot twists, which at times do tend to make the film drag.
There is plenty of action and a fair amount of gore at least and the film looks and sounds really good, the effects are nicely done and the acting for the most part is decent enough.
*slight spoiler coming up*
I think the biggest disappointment for me was that after viewing the trailer and then the first 20 minutes, we see the team chased through the facilities vents by a large, deranged, mutant gorilla type creature, which looked really cool. But then you expect this to be the basis of the movie and unfortunately, that's the last we see of the creature since the film takes a more "Scanners" type of route.
If you are into sci-fi movies and you enjoyed films like Aliens and Scanners for example, then there are elements here you will no doubt enjoy. Just remember to leave your brain in the bedroom or some other such place as the ridiculous and sometimes laughable plot twists will have you pulling out your hair. Oh, and one last thing, try not to wince at the complete scene rip off of Scanners near the end, it's a wonder David Cronenberg doesn't file a law suit against them.
Worth a watch, but could and perhaps should have been so much better. 6/10
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Initial post: 3 Feb 2013 01:29:09 GMT
Last edited by the author on 3 Feb 2013 01:30:34 GMT
ScottPaul ScottPaul says:
I have to thank you for the *spoiler* cos with horror films these days being so severely limited in types of actual horror threat (its all human killers, human cannibals, asbo brats, torture porn & human killers-wow such choice!) so if this realy boasts a 'Congo'-type gorilla in this, I'd be interested in seeing it. With that title, I just thought it was another 'Saw'-'Rec' thing, so I'll pay more attention to it now. Cheers. Tis terrible to say, but horror is so bad now, that I need spoilers to surprise me by telling the movies made now and again AREN'T all serial killer stuff, the few times that does happen, even f it means I'll know the threat, but at least I'm still more likely to enjoy and keep it!
And wow, you're the only person to have seen and/or rated this! I've done that once too, but I forget what for!
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Feb 2013 14:41:44 GMT
D. Krol says:
Well I hope vyou enjoy bud, it is quite good if you don't expect too much from it and like I said, I just it had concentrated on the gorilla creature a bit more instead of the scanners role. And yeah I'm a bit surprised that no one else seems to have done a review for this, most films on here generally have around 10 + reviews but it seems I'm that only one to have done one thus far for crawlspace :-)
Posted on 20 Feb 2014 23:08:43 GMT
Your review is a fair reflection of the movie.
I myself was quite hopeful during the early part of the film, however
it really did go down-hill as it progressed,
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