Primeval (2007)

Posted: August 20, 2012 in Movie Review
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Directed By: Michael Katleman

Starring: Dominic Purcell, Orlando Jones, Brooke Langton, Jurgen Prochnow, Gideon Emery, gabriel Malema

Subgenre: Creature Feature

Synopsis: A news crew heads to Burundi in search of a 25 foot man-eating crocodile.

Thoughts: Primeval tells the story of Gustave, a crocodile in Africa that has killed upwards of 300 people. While the story told in the movie is fiction, Gustave is very real. A team of journalists make their way to Africa to capture and film Gustave, thinking it will be a ratings boost. What they find is not only a huge killer croc, but a corrupt land where danger lurks around every corner.

I was impressed with Primeval. The cast was better than I was expecting and the storyline was solid.  I’ve always been a fan of Dominic Purcell and his work in Prison Break, not to mention Blade: Trinity, Equilibrium and Blood Creek, and he delivers here as the cocky reporter trying to hit a big story.  Orlando Jones provides some timely comedic relief, but tends to go over the top at times.

The CGI in Primeval was very well done, something for other CG using movies to strive for. If you have the DVD, watch the 10 minute making of, it details how they did the effects. The gore and kills are well done, mostly using CG, but they happen really fast, so don’t blink.

The initial marketing ploy was to portray this as a serial killer movie, calling Gustave the most prolific serial killer in history and making little or no claim to the fact that he was a crocodile.  Personally, I think that hurt the chances of financial success for Primeval, but it was creative at least.

I would recommend Primeval to all horror fans. It is well done with no glaring weaknesses, and is a good time. It will make its way into my yearly viewing schedule of horror movies.


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