Black Crab: Movie Review

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Black Crab Movie Review: A timely and moving experience on war.

With the war in Ukraine still raging, it felt like "Black Crab" is a film experience that felt timely. We felt it did well in showing how war destroys society, cities, families, and morality. It was intense, creative, and had a lot of emotional peaks even with its limited approach to its narrative.
Desperate to end an apocalyptic war, a rag tag group of soldiers who are excellent skaters are recruited for a dangerous and clandestine mission. They are tasked to skate from coast to coast, on a frozen open sea, to bring two capsules to a research facility. Led by Caroline Edh (Noomi Rapace), she is promised to be reunited with her long lost daughter if she completes the mission.
A rag tag group on a suicide mission is nothing new. But with "Black Crab", we felt that most of its characters had their own motivations that added to the film's depth and uniqueness. For a film that failed to build up its back story and lore, it at least made sure that we got to relate with its characters pretty well. On this note, be ready to be frustrated with the film if you want a fleshed out story. We never really got to know how the war started, why Caroline is in the army or even why she and her daughter were separated. Heck, we're not even sure if Caroline and her group are on the good side of the war. All we get are snippets of Caroline and her daughter in the past with little or no context to these scenes. For us, this is a major setback that transformed the experience from great to just good. It could also be a reflection on how war can be senseless and ruthless but we wished we knew a whole lot more instead of being in the dark. What stood out in "Black Crab" aside from its interesting characters was its action. The action here was intense, well-made, and certainly no-holds-barred. Be ready to see a lot of gruesome shots that we didn't expect. Overall, "Black Crab" is a recommended watch from us. Even with its narrative limitations, this was still a dramatic and emotional look into war.
Rating: 3 and a half reels

Why you should watch it:
- the characters were interesting and relatable
- intense action

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- doesn't provide the whole picture
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