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A news team is sent to Burundi to capture and bring home a legendary 25-foot crocodile. Their difficult task turns potentially deadly when a warlord targets them for death.

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Linda Mpondo ...
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Lehlohonolo Makoko ...
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Dr. Cathy Andrews
Vivian Moodley ...
Indian UN Officer
Lika Berning ...
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Storyline

TV show star reporter Tim Manfrey and his cameraman Steven Johnson travel to Burundi to get sensational footage of a giant crococilian monster which attacked a UN identification team and the Tutsi-Hutu tribal civil war carnage mass grave corpses it was digging up in a Great Lakes marsh area. But it turns out danger also lurks in the armed form of a local war lord. Written by KGF Vissers

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Inspired by the true story of the most prolific serial killer in history. See more »


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Rated R for strong graphic violence, brutality, terror and language | See all certifications »

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12 January 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$6,792,318 (USA) (12 January 2007)

Gross:

$10,596,100 (USA) (2 March 2007)
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In real life, as seen in this film, an attempt to bait the crocodile failed. The team used a live goat as bait one night, and the team continued this for days. One day the goat disappeared. The camera failed the night before due to a storm, and then political issues in the area forced the team out of the country. Leaving them unable to know what happened that night. See more »

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(at around 1h 4 mins) During the chasing scene in the swamps you can hear squealing tires although there is only sand and grass. See more »

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Aviva Masters: Sorry I called you an asshole.
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References Jaws (1975) See more »

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Mismatched creature feature
18 January 2007 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

After a noted scientist is killed by what can only be described as some sort of beast an expedition is sent to track it down. Dealing with their own problems, conflicts, and the fact they are in country torn part by civil war.

The film starts as a typical monster flick with an intense death scene and a hint of political agenda. It then proceeds to be a typical creature feature with some decent gore and terror, but the political agenda brought up subtly in the beginning resurfaces and the film becomes mismatched. Fans of gore and horror will have fun with the gore and horror, but the political theme is sorely out of place. It is hard to say that it is irrelevant, because if it was well developed it could serve as a decent metaphor.

Godzilla, for one, is a monster metaphor - the bastard of the nuclear age. Here that is what the film tries to do with Gustave - the HUGE killer croc. It fails - whether it is noble failure or pathetic failure is ultimately up to you - but the failure to intertwine themes and idea throughout the movie results in this mismatching. Things just seems to appear out of nowhere, like a long sequence where the main beast literally disappears from the film. It was right there in the previous scene, but for a while it is gone. Then it is conveniently back for the conclusion. In a funny way this seems to be a monster horror flick from the Sci-Fi channel that has the seriousness of "Blood Diamond" here and there. That just doesn't work, folks. Metaphors and themes must be a pervasive presence to work. --- 4/10

Rated R: graphic violence/gore and profanity


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