This summer, audiences were offered up on the big screen everything from a giant lizard in “Godzilla” to a menacing shark in “47 Meters Down Uncaged” and an undead cat in the remake of “Pet Sematary.”
This week, those who are looking for a good movie to rent will have the opportunity to see what kind of havoc a hurricane and a bunch of gators can produce in the film “Crawl.”
When a massive hurricane hits her Florida hometown, Haley (Kaya Scodelario, “The Truth About Emanuel” and “The Maze Runner”) ignores evacuation orders to search for her missing father (Barry Pepper, “Saving Private Ryan” and “True Grit”).
Finding him gravely injured in the crawl space of their family home, the two become trapped by quickly encroaching floodwaters.
As time runs out to escape the strengthening storm, Haley and her father discover that the rising water level is the least of their fears. Alligators in those waters present a bigger problem.
Other actors in the film include Ross Anderson (“Unbroken” and “The Silent Storm”), Anson Boon (“Shadowplay” and “The Feed”) and George Somner (“Partner In Crime” and “Urban Hymn”).
The audience score for the film on the website Rotten Tomatoes is 75 percent and the critics’ score on the site’s Tomatometer is slightly higher at 82 percent.
“An action-packed creature feature that’s fast, terrifying, and benefits greatly from a completely game Kaya Scodelario, ‘Crawl’ is a fun throw-back with just enough self-awareness to work,” said the website’s critic’s consensus.
The film is directed by Alexandre Aja, who also directed “Piranha 3D” and “Horns,” and is rated R for bloody creature violence and brief language.
Other films releasing to theaters this weekend include:
n “Stuber,” directed by Michael Dowse and staring Karen Gillan, Dave Bautista, Betty Gilpin and Kumail Nanjiani. When a mild-mannered Uber driver named Stu picks up a passenger who turns out to be a cop hot on the trail of a brutal killer, he’s thrust into a harrowing ordeal where he desperately tries to hold onto his wits, his life and his five-star rating.
This film is rated R for violence and language throughout, some sexual references and brief graphic nudity.
n “The Art of Self Defense,” directed by Riley Stearns and staring Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, Imogen Poots and David Zellner. After he’s attacked on the street at night by a roving motorcycle gang, timid bookkeeper Casey joins a neighborhood karate studio to learn how to protect himself. Under the watchful eye of a charismatic instructor, Sensei, and hardcore brown belt Anna, Casey gains a newfound sense of confidence for the first time in his life.
The film is rated R for violence, sexual content, graphic nudity and language.
The synopsis for each of these films is from Rotten Tomatoes.