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Primal Force (1999)

TV Movie  -   -  Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi  -  6 May 1999 (USA)
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Rescuers try to reach plane crash victims that are trapped on an isolated Mexican island populated by mutant baboons. Ron Perlman stars as a troubled guide hired to lead the mission.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Davis
Roxana Zal ...
Tara Matthews
Kelsey Cunningham
Guillermo Ríos ...
Eddie Mendoza
Julian Sedgwick ...
Stan Kovacs
Jimy Hefner ...
Bruno Danza ...
Ramiro González ...
Boat mate (as Ramiro Gonzales)
Baboon patriarch (as Lorene Noh)
Gustavo Tecuapetla R. ...
Baboon player 1
Lincy Anahy Avila G. ...
Baboon player 2
Claudia Acosta A. ...
Baboon player 3
Artemio Arzate H. ...
Baboon player 4


A private plane carrying the daughter of a rich businessman crash-lands on the uninhabited island of San Miguel off the coast of Mexico, an island regarded by the locals as cursed. The businessman's Chief of Security, Scott Davis mounts a high-tech mission to rescue the survivors, and in his search to find a guide, comes across Frank Brodie, a man who was on the island ten years previously. Davis finds Brodie to be a brooding, reclusive drunk, haunted by his experiences on the island, and Brodie tells Davis that it isn't worth mounting a rescue mission as the survivors will, by now, be dead. Brodie, however, decides to tag along, bringing along a veritable arsenal of weapons and a fatalistic attitude, ridiculing Davis' plans as naive. Accompanying them is Tara Matthews, a young woman purporting to be a medic, and Davis' second-in-command, Eddie Mendoza, a down-to-earth practical man who very quickly realizes Brodie knows what he is doing and is inclined to believe what the man says. ... Written by Helen Chavez

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Wild World  »

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During the scene in the watchtower when the team are preparing for the next fight with the baboons, Brodie tells everyone not to shoot unless they get a kill shot because they are low on ammunition. In the ensuing gunfight all the team fire at the walls without getting kill shots and only killing a few baboons, because of this they have run out of ammo and cannot fight the next wave easily. If the team followed Brodies advice they would probably have had enough ammunition to fight all of the baboons. See more »


Tara Matthews: [about the baboons] They're developing at an incredible rate, they're nearly Neanderthal.
Frank Brodie: I'd like to get out of here before they get cable.
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References Planet of the Apes (1968) See more »

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It's Not That Bad
3 May 2005 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

A TVM that has an average vote of 3.6 ! Oh come on guys if this was a weepy drama with Jayne Seymour racing to save little Tammy from a life threatening illness this would be getting something in the region of a 5.5 average . At least some TV company realised that lads just home from the pub deserve TVMs sometimes

Yeah okay it's not an original plot as it features a deserted island , baboons on the rampage , the survivors of a plane crash , a macho man with internal demons that manifest itself as a drink problem etc . If Steven Spielberg directed this movie it would make lots of money at the box office and everyone would say it was a great movie . If I remember correctly Spielberg did indeed do a very similar movie in 1993

If JURRASSIC PARK 4 ooopps I mean PRIMAL FORCE suffers from anything it suffers from some internal continuity where a minor character is all alone and gets killed by a troop of baboons while a major character is alone with the mutant monkeys but for some reason the baboons don't attack thereby allowing the hero to turn up and rescue the character . I also noticed that the scenes where the baboons attack suffer from editing that is cut far too quickly which makes it difficult to see what's going on which is a common problem with these cheap and cheerful low budget productions . I feel no shame in giving this six out of ten

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