“Crawl” (Paramount)

Barry Pepper and Kaya Scodelario star in a scene from the movie "Crawl." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Paramount)

By Catholic News Service

Gory horror flick, set in Florida, traps a semi-estranged father (Barry Pepper) and daughter (Kaya Scodelario) in a basement crawl space that’s rapidly being flooded by a hurricane and pits them against a host of man-eating alligators.

Those not put off by watching the main characters be gnawed on and the extras devoured will discern the glimmers of a family-solidarity theme faintly gleaming through the murky waters of director Alexandre Aja’s deliberately claustrophobic chiller. But the desperate proceedings will strike most as more torturous than entertaining.

Much explicit bloody violence, numerous gruesome sights, a vague sexual reference, occasional rough language, some crude terms. The Catholic News Service classification is L — limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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