Almost a year after making waves at the box office Alexandre Ajas Creep it is now possible to stream on the Hulu and Prime, Videos. It’s just in time for father’s day. Given that the plot revolves around a father and his daughter who are trying to survive, both as a Category 5 hurricane and areas of you that have them trapped in a flooded house, it’s the perfect feature to watch with dad this weekend. This is not just a recommendation, but it might be a hard suggestion. Almost a year ago, I took my dad to see it Creep in the theatre, and the father-daughter relationship in the film, with a more in-depth, in different contexts, that is, as of now, than it was back then. I could not have foreseen.
Creep functions as a lean, mean thriller that, in delivering the white-knuckle intensity, and the Aja’s trademark brand of raw power supply voltage. Its over-simplistic plot, not a lot of depth to it, but it’s not necessary. Kaya Scodelario stars as Haley, a young woman who is the head, into a cyclone for the collection of her father, Dave (Barry Pepper). She barely has enough time to find him wounded in the crawl space under his home for the you trap them in one place, and the storm of the rising water is the cause of the time being of the essence. It’s a survival thriller that is heavy on intense action sequences and is, therefore, not a lot of time is wasted, with the focus of the story. To the general public, it is enough to know that She and Dave have been disposed of, and that She is an avid, competitive swimmer, once headed by the father; and who the father is, perhaps, a bit isolated and depressed in the wake of a family feud. Because of their struggle to make it out alive, but the daughter and the dad to realise what is really important: each other.
It’s true, and it might be overly sweet. Especially if the father was encouraging his daughter to fight, to channel her competitiveness into a determination to survive, and the result is a cheesy dialogues, as She affirmed, “the Apex predator all day long, baby!!!” Even in the theater, in the middle of the heart-pounding excitement, that line is stupid. The high-octane excitement, and the compelling performances of Scodelario, and Pepper; all of these minor quibbles do not, ultimately, detract from the film. Not enough to lessen the enjoyment of it, however, in any case, it did not work for me. Probably helped that it was easy to relate to Haley, at least in terms of the role reversal between parents and their adult children. Dave might be her father, but She was the one parenting him a lot of run time. At a certain point in your adult life, you will begin to recognise that the same shift in the relationship dynamic. You have to realize that you have to make sure they are doing well, and that they will be healthy, and to reprove when they do not do anything to me that it would be easy to make a connection with Haley.
My father was in the film. That jump scare where a tree crashes through the window? He jumped so high, and it would take a lot to get a visible reaction out of him. He was on the edge of his chair in the course of our theatrical experience, and it was nothing short of giddy when the credits rolled. All of this was high praise coming from him, a stoic, a retired Army veteran, who is typically conveyed, and that he was like a movie, “it’s ok.” So, taking my father to see a movie with a grown up daughter who fight against you, with her father, and for him to have a proper blast to watch a personal movie highlight of the year.
Creep it wasn’t the happy ending that I would have to take my dad to see it, but it was the last one he did. On Thanksgiving, he was furious, and very sick. A few weeks later, a biopsy revealed he had stage-four pancreatic cancer, which all of us are caught off-guard. At the beginning of this year, he was moved to a swift, ugly and painful battle that I don’t want to be with anyone else.
What was once a fond memory of my father, a great movie-going experience, it was something a little more useful in the sense that it was the last father-daughter outing that’s due to the cancer. The last time I got to see him enjoy himself, without having the immense physical pain that he would have to endure just for a handful of months later on. I will always be grateful for that. It can be all too easy to write off the value of movies as escapism, but escapism can be of crucial importance.
Creep it excels in what it set out to accomplish, which is to make you breathless for a solid performance. A genuine father-daughter bond area. I hadn’t given a whole lot of thought to, in the first instance to my own life experiences, will be rewritten to it. On a thematic and personal level, and Aja’s creature feature will be the perfect movie to watch with dad on father’s day. It is well-known, sincere relationship with the city, certainly, but above all Creep for a good period of time. That’s what father’s day is all about – creating great memories with dad. Even if you don’t watch it Creep and dad, your kids, or for that matter, do something about it. Keep making memories while you can.