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Primeval (2007)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Horror  |  12 January 2007 (USA)
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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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Gabriel Malema ...
Jojo
Linda Mpondo ...
Gold Tooth
Lehlohonolo Makoko ...
Beanpole
Dumisani Mbebe ...
Harry
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Ato
Chris April ...
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Ernest Ndhlovu ...
Shaman
Erica Wessels ...
Dr. Cathy Andrews
Vivian Moodley ...
Indian UN Officer
Lika Berning ...
Rachel (as Lika van den Bergh)
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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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Rated R for strong graphic violence, brutality, terror and language | See all certifications »

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Gustave  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

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$10,596,100 (USA) (2 March 2007)
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Errors in crocodile biology: Crocodiles don't roar, they have no vocal cords (although they do hiss). They also can't see from underwater at night, nor can they swallow underwater. See more »

Quotes

Steven Johnson: [sees an random African in the airport] What up, my brother?
Steven Johnson: [guy stares at him] Well, fuck you, too.
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References Jaws (1975) See more »

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Decent enough to enjoy
14 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm sure that I'm the only person here who really isn't going to bash on this film. Of course, I already knew it was a crocodile in stead of a serial killer. I mean c'mon, if you looked around on the internet you would of known, and the trailer made it apparent. Still I agree that it was a cheesy scam to call this killer croc "the world's most prolific serial killer". Aside from that, the movie had a simple (if not too simple) story line. Croc kills important person, team sent to catch it, croc is smarter then them, they try to survive. If you've seen Lake Placid, then this is generally the same idea. Just subtract one croc, set it in Africa, and put a really funny black guy in. Yeah, Orlando Jones does an exceptional job as Steve and makes you laugh more then once. Unfortunately, the other actors are so-so at best. The croc's animation was decent, but I felt he needed a better design. He just looked like a really big croc rather then anything original. And the gore was disappointing. The animated blood in the raining scenes was laughably bad. Overall, it might be worth a rent when it comes out on DVD, but it isn't going to ever be a vintage horror film. If you've seen Lake Placid, no need to apply here, except that this is the better Lake Placid.


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