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Orlando Jones as Steven Johnson brings a welcome light touch of humor to an otherwise serious movie. Brooke Langton as Aviva Masters brings a welcome touch of beauty to a dirty and unattractive African setting. The other characters aren't quite as appealing.
This movie is worth seeing, but just barely. Wait for the DVD.
Basically there is a killer crocodile in Africa, apparently he is a big one to be very frightened of. So an American crew of reporters wish to capture the beast or get him on film so they can help these villages and become famous more so. But there is another major problem that takes the story to a completely different place, where there is a huge war going on and starts to terrorize these reporters and one by one they are killed off before the crocodile gets to them.
Primevil would have had good potential for a horror movie, but it just went in an intense turn where you had no idea where the film would take you. The script was also in some ways done in poor taste and wasn't well thought out, like I'm not offended easily usually when it comes to racial jokes, but Orlando going on about slavery in Africa went a little too far and was ridiculous. The acting is so so, not the worst I've seen, but the effects are not that impressive, a warning in advance. But if you would like to check out this film, please feel free, but I wouldn't really recommend it.
Now on to the movie: The script was extremely well written, managing to bring the broader issues of genocide and civil war to light while at the same time delivering plenty of action and scare sequences, as well as humor to lighten the mood between the thrill sequences.
In addition to the writing, the actors only further contribute to the high quality of the script by consistently hitting their marks and clearly conveying the intended humor, horror, or whatever else is called for during the different scenes.
I was also impressed by the directing and cinematography. The combination of the two resulted in creating a movie that manages to involve the audience and provide footage that matches whatever mood is needed at the time; whether it be awe at the beauty of Africa or the fear when the characters are facing a dangerous situation.
To be fair, I must admit that the movie did not have very good graphics and audiences will be able to easily tell that the crocodile is done through CGI. However, between a little imagination and the actors believable performances, this does not detract from the thrills of the movie.
Ultimately if you are a fan of action-adventure and enjoy a good thrill I would highly recommend this movie, but if you are looking for a slasher film don't bother.
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
This movie steals every plot point from other movies. Orlando Jones, who should have been banned from movie screens when Evolution came out, basically plays the same character he always plays: The Token Black Guy.
PLOT: 0 FOR 10 Acting: 0 for 10.
I cannot say anything nice about this film at all.
After reading the plot synopsis, I was expecting something similar to Anaconda which was a cheesy, entertaining movie that didn't take itself too seriously. The preview did scare me in the sense that they didn't mention the alligator aspect at all. I don't get why the studio would hide that fact since it would be the movie's main draw. Also, the preview looked very underwhelming. However, my friend wanted to see it which we did and now I wish we had seen something else. Primeval is neither scary nor entertaining. Instead, it is dull, wooden and it doesn't have an ounce of personality.
Director Michael Katleman should get the blame for this. He kept the movie way too serious and the pacing was very slow which made the whole thing tedious. He added unnecessary social commentary and he didn't do a good job at mixing it with entertainment. He also didn't take advantage of shooting in Africa, failing to capture the beauty of the location. I thought it was impossible but he made Africa look ordinary. Also, everything was very dark and annoying. I don't mean the film was actually a dark comedy but everything seemed to be shot at night and it was hard to follow the action. I guess this was done to lower budget costs but it didn't help when it came to actually view the movie. The screenwriters (Michael Ferris (III) and John D. Brancato) were equally useless although this should not be surprisingly since this pair wrote Catwoman. The one good thing about the movie was the alligator and all of his attack scenes. They were somewhat entertaining even if they did look fake.
The acting was just as bad as the writing and directing. Dominic Purcell was horrible as Tim. He was very wooden and he showed no emotion. This was clearly a paycheck movie for him since he appeared to be reading his lines. Brooke Langton was enormously bland and just useless. Orlando Jones was surprisingly bad and I say surprisingly because he's usually pretty reliable in supporting roles. Here, he was wooden and bland, just like his co-stars. Overall, Primeval is simply terrible and it's not worth checking out unless you love bad films. Rating 2/10
The acting is better by the stand-in African bushmen than it is by the American "actors." Dominic Purcell and Brooke Langton are only in this movie for their aesthetic appeal. And Orlando Jones is the token African American comedic relief. The cinematography is the best part of this movie, showing the landscapes and culture of the African people.
I went to this movie because I have a free pass. I feel sorry for you if you spent money on this joke. Bottom Line: Awful movie, even if you're drunk
Not an All Star Movie (Jurgen Prochnov was the best known actor to me), but a movie casted with excellent actors. The Ten points I voted were based on the excitement this movie gave to me. I had some question-marks about the way the movie was edited. If I would count the editing part for my vote, I think I would vote for an 8. But as I wrote, it was the excitement that made me give the ten points.
Overall, I would honestly rather shoot myself in the head than watch this again.
The acting was wooded and constipated, the story line sophomoric, disjointed and filled with stereotypes and colonial caricatures of Africa, and the coverage of one of 56 countries on the continent of Africa a throwback to the days of Stanley's "Dr. Livingstone I presume." The most insulting part of the film was Orlando Jones' modern day rendition of "Step and Fetch It." From the "Oh help me Lord!" exaggerated rolling of the eyes, the asinine ignorant one-liners ("I hate Africa", paying homage to the institution of slavery to highlight his ambivalence towards Africa), to the black side kick getting killed off -- this movie reeked of Crocodile dung from start to finish.
Throw in the murderous African thugs, the attempted rape of a white woman, the wise and mysterious witch doctor, the Great White Hunter, and the African youth whose "noblesse sauvage" is put on display when he serves himself up as crocodile bait to get a ticket to America, and you have the recipe for a movie that is only missing Tarzan who comes to the rescue when all seems lost.
The best "actor" in this film was Gustave the Crocodile. My only regret is that he was not tasked to eat the writers, producers and director of this comedy of errors that insults the intelligence of even the dullest of minds.
Africa seems is getting a lot of attention from Hollywood these days, and this film shows that such attention is not necessarily a good thing.
I didn't know this film was based on a true story...but that just makes it scarier. ***MINOR SPOILER HERE***---->Knowing an alligator is a serial killer (which they technically are) is pretty scary...<----***MINOR SPOILER ENDS*** especially if the movie is based on a true story.
Anyway, back to the real thing. This movie is very intense and brutal and extremely gory. The action was nonstop and the terror was constant. Like, you knew something was going to happen...but you didn't know when. And just because it has that element, it doesn't mean the movie is predictable, because 'Primeval' IS NOT predictable.
And the movie didn't have well-known actors, but I thought they did pretty good. Also the alligator played a huge part in the movie...so I guess the alligator did good, too...although I don't think the alligator even knew what it was doing.
All in all, the movie is very intense. Very brutal. Very gory. Very terrifying. Very disturbing. Very graphic. Very violent. Very gory. Very sick. Very frightening. Very scary.
See it. Unlike most people, you will not be disappointed.
Original MPAA rating: R: Strong Graphic Violence, Brutality, Terror, and Language
My MPAA rating: R: Strong Graphic Violence and Disturbing Content, Brutality, Intense Terror, and Language
My Canadian rating: 18A: Gory Violence, Disturbing Content, Coarse Language, Frightening Scenes
Now, this is definitely a movie for moviegoers who love a good laugh and blood and gore. I see in the forums that certain people consider some of the dialogue is "racist," but I have to disagree. Orlando Jones is hilarious, and if your sense of humor is very intact you will find him to be the most enjoyable character due to him being the character who makes sure the movie does not take itself too seriously. Jones and the croc are the stars of the movie, they save it from being too generic.
If you want a good storyline, do not watch this movie. It's fun as hell, but the story is too political when it should be about the croc. The tone shifts a bit too much showing that the director or writers tried to tie in political criticism just to express a last opinion. It would have been great overall popcorn fun if the movie would have been strictly about Mr. Gustave the Crocodile and no African rebels and such. Other than that, I love this movie and will always be able to watch it. Fun it is, deep it is not.
When it focuses on a team of reporters (non-entities Dominic Purcell, Brooke Langton and Orlando Jones) searching for a man-eating crocodile, Primeval is cheesy stuff with a few unintentionally amusing moments, such as Jones rushing through a field pursued by the beast, which is portrayed with the size and speed of the T-Rex in Jurassic Park (it can roar too!).
Then you realize you are snickering at a movie about the Burundi civil war - perverse credit is due to the filmmaker and writers for taking this Malthusian catastrophe and, without the slightest bit of shame, using it as an excuse to play with their toy monsters.
Bad taste aside, this is just weak - script is abysmal, set-pieces ugly. Worth no viewings.
It starts on well,have some very spectacular visuals of Africa,but it disintegrates,disorients thereafter.Its very good example how you neglect most vital part(rather say it soul)of movie that is SCRIPT and ends up most boring movie ever made.Storyline simple,leave it nothing to say more about it.I usually watch horror flick for special effect ,but it is not the case here.It seems director avoids such situation where special effect needed,if its there though very few which looks really primitive as compared to other Hollywood movies.I think it could have been better,overall its bad in all aspects except photography.
Directed by Michael Katleman made an entertaining film that certainly has its moments. Although most audiences expected to be only a crocodile movie, nothing more. But it ends up having an subplot that resembles "Blood Diamond" instead. The CGI Crocodile is actually above average and it has some good moments of thrills. The cast is decent enough, Jones gives this film an sense of humour. Prochnow probably gives the film best performance as a hunter with a hidden agenda. This movie turned into a box office disappointed instead.
DVD has an sharp anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1) transfer and an strong Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. DVD has an modest commentary track by the director and visual effects supervisor Paul Linden. DVD also includes an behind the scenes featurettes and deleted scenes with commentary by the filmmakers. This film will probably get an cult following on DVD. This picture isn't as bad as some critics or audiences might think. For sure, most people were expecting an monster movie like "Jaws", "Lake Placid" or "Aligator". But this film is actually more serious plotted than most audiences would think. It's a worth a look, despite being an wildly uneven movie. Loosely based on a true story. Written by John D. Brancato (Terminator 3:Rise of the Machines, The Game, The Net) and Michael Ferris (Catwoman, Into the Sun, The Unborn). Super 35. (*** ½/*****).
The story is about a news crew who are sent in to South Africa to capture a 25 foot long killer Croc dubbed "Gustave". Unfortunately for us the film-goer there is a civil war that has broken out which we are surrounded with for much to long of the stories running time. Be it the tribes in the area or the military men that are with them the movie just really wanted to hammer that fact home, with the Crocodile as the side story. We do get the Croc and when it was on screen it was a bad sucker unfortunately they opted for more CGI then you could shake a stick at but it was not of "The Mummy/Mummy Returns" crappiness so I guess we can let it slide to a point but would a prosthetic monster Croc be too much to ask for in some of the scenes as it would have been more effective.
The shame here is that the whole myth and legend of this creature was very cool but ruined by the fact that we hardly see it for most of the running time. I believe total there is about 20 minutes at best of Croc action. The rest well you get the point. I highly recommend getting the original "Alligator" or the lesser known Austrailian Croc film "Dark Age" as they are more effective and you get to see what the movie intends for you to see...Croc and gator action.
In the end this is a waste of time, it really is a "just there" movie with a few good Croc scenes (the cage scene comes to mind). If you have seen all the Croc movies and want to see another well have at it but for the average horror movie/ nature amok fan this one is just not that good.
4/10: Below Average: A few Croc scenes that are good otherwise a lame excuse to shove info on South African civil war at us.....go figure?
Journalist Tim Manfrey (Dominic Purcell) and his cameraman Steven (Orlando Jones) are sent into Burundi, along with female reporter Aviva (Brooke Langdon)to search and capture the legendary "Gustave", a 2000-pound crocodile reputed to have killed more than 300 people. Directed by Michael Katleman, the film feels like a direct-to-video release that that tries hard to throw to the audience something more than it should. As a result, the film gets confused and fails to provide Gustave with a sense of menace as the croc is reduced to a marginal character in a film filled with awful one-liners that contributes more hypocritical preaching on African genocide than genuine suspense.
If there's something good to be found here, it's that the cinematography is impressive at times and that the film is short enough. But then again, when things get going only after the first 45 minutes or so, it barely makes up for its flaws. In the end, "Primeval" is bad and it isn't so bad enough to be good.