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Primeval (2007)

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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.


Michael Katleman





Cast overview, first billed only:
Dominic Purcell ... Tim Manfrey
Brooke Langton ... Aviva Masters
Orlando Jones ... Steven Johnson
Jürgen Prochnow ... Jacob Krieg
Gideon Emery ... Matt Collins
Gabriel Malema Gabriel Malema ... Jojo
Linda Mpondo Linda Mpondo ... Gold Tooth
Lehlohonolo Makoko Lehlohonolo Makoko ... Beanpole
Dumisani Mbebe Dumisani Mbebe ... Harry
Eddy 'Big Eddy' Bekombo Eddy 'Big Eddy' Bekombo ... Ato
Chris April Chris April ... Captain
Ernest Ndlovu ... Shaman (as Ernest Ndhlovu)
Erica Wessels Erica Wessels ... Dr. Cathy Andrews
Vivian Moodley Vivian Moodley ... Indian UN Officer
Lika Berning Lika Berning ... Rachel (as Lika van den Bergh)


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


The promotional trailer refers to Gustave in a manner one would refer to a human killer with juxtaposing quick edits showing he is obviously a crocodile, while the website openly states what he is. See more »


(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 »


Aviva Masters: [about her "relationship" with Tim and Steven's boss] We go to dinner, and to art openings, and people assume...
Steven Johnson: Of course they do!
Aviva Masters: Look, do you think if he gave a shit about me, I'd be here right now? He just... he likes to be seen with women.
[Tim and Steven sit up in surprise]
Tim Manfrey: Roger's gay?
Steven Johnson: International playboy, married six times? He's not tapping your ass, somebody's tapping his?
[Tim and Steven laugh and bump fists]
Aviva Masters: Look, guys, please don't tell anybody. Please don't...
Steven Johnson: [...]
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References Jurassic Park (1993) See more »


Written and Performed by Moussa Doumbia
Courtesy of Luaka Bop
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A reasonably enjoyable monster movie with ideas above its station
13 February 2014 | by ExpendableManSee all my reviews

Attempting to tread a fine line between two different types of film, Primeval is a misguided, but nonetheless kind of fun movie. On the one hand, it wants to be an 'issues' movie, dealing with warlords, child soldiers and western apathy towards violence in central Africa. On the other, it also wants to have a massive great big crocodile running around trying to eat the guy from Prison Break. It's not bad, but while these two separate strands never really gel there's still some entertainment to be had. Provided of course you can look past the incredibly tasteless joke about the slave trade.

The film concentrates on Dominic Purcell's news journalist who gets sent off to Burundi to document the search for 'Gustave,' a legendary croc who has chalked up over 300 human victims during his years prowling the river banks. He's accompanied by a British Steve Irwin a-like, Orlando Jones as the "please don't get him" cameraman, a slumming it Jurgen Prochnow, a token female and several dozen expendable locals and together, they trek into the bush to hunt Gustave down. They're also given a few warnings about 'Little Gustave,' a vicious renegade soldier whose private army are responsible for all manner of atrocities in the region. But hey it'll be okay right? They've got a machine gun strapped to the roof...

Needless to say, things go badly. There's all manner of carnage to be had as Gustave begins ripping people to shreds and trigger happy teenagers with AK-47s go on the warpath. By the time the credits roll, just as many people have been machine-gunned as eaten by Gustave and Purcell looks like he can't wait to get back to a nice, comfy cell in San Quentin where he only has to deal with corrupt guards and shankings every day.

Taken simply as an old-fashioned adventure movie it's not bad and there's certainly fun to be had when the limbs start to get torn loose. The attempts at dealing with the bigger picture though fall flat. It's apparently "inspired by true events," but aside from the fact there genuinely is a crocodile named Gustave in Burundi, that's about as far as the realism goes. Hotel Rwanda this ain't. However if you want a movie where a great big scaly beast eats people every ten minutes you can't go wrong. You'll have a hard time remembering any of the characters names when the time comes to type up the review though.

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English | Swahili | Kirundi | French

Release Date:

12 January 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gustave See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,048,315, 14 January 2007

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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