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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.


Nelson McCormick


Michael Thoma


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ron Perlman ... Frank Brodie
Mark Kiely ... Scott Davis
Roxana Zal ... Tara Matthews
Kimberlee Peterson ... Kelsey Cunningham
Guillermo Ríos ... Eddie Mendoza
Richard Fancy ... Deutsch
Julian Sedgwick Julian Sedgwick ... Stan Kovacs
Jimy Hefner Jimy Hefner ... Pilot
Bruno Danza Bruno Danza ... Captain
Ramiro González Ramiro González ... Boat mate (as Ramiro Gonzales)
Lola Noh ... Baboon patriarch (as Lorene Noh)
Gustavo Tecuapetla R. Gustavo Tecuapetla R. ... Baboon player 1
Lincy Anahy Avila G. Lincy Anahy Avila G. ... Baboon player 2
Claudia Acosta A. Claudia Acosta A. ... Baboon player 3
Artemio Arzate H. 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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When the pilot goes to get water from the stream and puts the empty container under water, he gets startled by a noise behind him and takes the container out of the water, still empty. In the next shot, it is full. See more »


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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Mutant Killer Baboons! Sadly not a good movie...
28 April 2001 | by dannybonlerSee all my reviews

Yes... it's another one of those "I can't believe somebody actually thought this would be a good film" movies. Admittedly, the premise is deliciously ludicrous (clean cut Americans menaced on godforsaken island by mutant killer baboons!) but once the film starts you realise that 'Primal Force' is BEYOND bad. The characters are ridiculous simpering idiots... their actions are completely schitzophrenic. One minute they are running frantically from a location in fear for their lives, another they are sitting calmly back in the same spot they were running from beforehand. Who wrote the script to this thing? One of the characters knows about the killer baboons, but rather than warning anybody else ("Um, did I mention this island is populated by mutant killer baboons?") he decides to keep quiet and occasionally deliver gruff hints at the carnage to follow ("They've shent you on a shooicide mission"). And the baboons themselves? Well, you'de think they would make them look mutant... indeed, some good costume design and effects work could possibly have saved the movie... but instead they simply make the baboons look like, well, your every day baboon. All in all, Primal Force is clearly an attempt at Jurrassic Park, only with men in monkey suits. It's irredeemably inept scripting and it's dull and predictable plot developments make it one of the worst of the generally dire 'evil creatures' films. Please don't waste your life watching this. Unless your an acute masochist with a penchant for bog standard nature gone wrong flicks. In which case it might be exactly your kind of thing. Worse than Deep Rising. And that's saying something.

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6 May 1999 (USA) See more »

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Wild World See more »

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Ixtapa, Guerrero, Mexico See more »

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