Crawl

  • 15
  • Paul China (2011)
  • Aus
  • 77 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Claustrophobic heat and brooding terror are effectively evoked in this homage to film noir, Alfred Hitchcock and the Coen brothers. In a rural Australian town, a seedy bar owner (Paul Holmes) hires a Croatian hitman (George Shevtsov) to murder a local garage owner after a business deal goes bad, but the simple plan backfires and an innocent waitress is taken hostage in the confusion. It's a slow-burning exercise in tightly wound tension, crafted with a dark nuance and graceful skill, atmospheric lighting and fluid camerawork. The employment of long periods of silence also ramps up the suspense in this modest thriller as it builds towards a nail-biting climax. While it virtually devolves into a two-hander, writer/director Paul China could not have been better served by leads Shevtsov and Georgina Haig, the latter playing a character called Marilyn Burns in a nod to the heroine of the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

Plot Summary

A bar owner hires a Croatian hitman to kill someone who owes him money. While the murder goes off without a hitch, an attempt at a double cross goes awry, and a waitress who was in the wrong place at the wrong time finds herself a hostage in her own home, desperately trying to avoid becoming the next victim. Thriller, starring Georgina Haig and George Shevtsov.

Cast and crew

Cast

Marilyn Burns
Georgina Haig
The Stranger
George Shevtsov
Slim Walding
Paul Holmes
Holly
Lauren Dillon
Eileen
Lynda Stoner
Travis
Andy Barclay
Gus Summers
William Garvey
Annie
Catherine Miller
Rusty
Bob Newman
Sergeant Byrd
Paul Bryant

Crew

Director
Paul China

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Arrow
Guidance: 
Contains violence, swearing and drug abuse.
Available on DVD
Released 22 Feb 2013
Certificate 15
Distributor:
Arrow
Categories
Drama

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