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Primal Force (1999)

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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Scott Davis
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Tara Matthews
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Kelsey Cunningham
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Eddie Mendoza
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Julian Sedgwick ...
Stan Kovacs
Jimy Hefner ...
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Bruno Danza ...
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Ramiro González ...
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Baboon patriarch (as Lorene Noh)
Gustavo Tecuapetla R. ...
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Lincy Anahy Avila G. ...
Baboon player 2
Claudia Acosta A. ...
Baboon player 3
Artemio Arzate H. ...
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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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The working title for the film was "Wild World". See more »

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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 »

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Frank Brodie: [about to go into the baboons caves to rescue Tara] Think its best I go in alone, if I don't make it, shoot anything that comes out of there
Scott Davis: How many you figure are in there?
Frank Brodie: Oh, more than two, less than a million
Scott Davis: [shurgs] Well like everything else on this island, I'll just figure on the worst and double it
Frank Brodie: [winking] Now your getting it...
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Mmm good
8 June 2006 | by (Gloucester, England) – See all my reviews

I liked Primal Force a lot more than I thought I was going to. The film is about a group of people sent into a small island to rescue people who have been in a plane crash, the catch is that the island is overrun by killer hybrid baboons. Ron Perlman plays the guy tortured by his memories of being on the island who gets brought in to help the team find the survivors. There was both good and bad examples of acting and directing and such forth in the film, but when the directing came of as bad it was because the director was taking risks, some of them worked and some of them didn't but he should be commended for doing so. I was quite surprised how much I got into the film towards the end, especially as I was expecting something that would raise a chuckle at how bad it was, in the end I found the film wasn't bad enough so that I couldn't laugh at it, but it didn't have that little something to make it worth a strong recommendation. So if you want a little action thrills with a bit of cheese, this could be for you.


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