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Primal (2019)

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Frank's caught wildlife in the Brazilian jungle incl. a 400 lbs. white jaguar. He ships it on the same ship as an arrested assassin. The assassin breaks free and frees the animals.


Nick Powell (as Nicholas Powell)


Richard Leder
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolas Cage ... Frank Walsh
Famke Janssen ... Dr. Ellen Taylor
Kevin Durand ... Richard Loffler
Jeremy Nazario Jeremy Nazario ... Rafael
LaMonica Garrett ... John Ringer
Michael Imperioli ... Freed
Isaac Santiago Isaac Santiago ... Vasquez
Braulio Castillo hijo ... Morales (as Braulio Castillo Jr.)
Tommy Walker ... Forrest (as Tom Walker)
Sewell Whitney ... Scuddy
Leon Andrew Joseph ... Jerome (as Leon Joseph)
Sebastian Vázquez ... Shelton (as Sebastián Vázquez)
John Lewis ... Harrison
Rey Hernandez ... Prettyman (as Rey Hernández)
Drake Shannon ... Miller


A big-game hunter for zoos has booked passage on a Latin American shipping freighter with a fresh haul of exotic and deadly animals from the Amazon, including a rare white Jaguar - along with a political assassin being extradited to the U.S in secret. Two days into the journey, the assassin escapes and releases the captive animals, throwing the ship into chaos. Written by anonymous

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Survival gets wild.


Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Dan Grodnik first optioned the script for "Primal" in 1995. It took 22 years to finally get made. See more »


Frank tells Rafi that only tigers and polar bears will hunt and kill men. Leopards and hyenas will also hunt men, and as a big game hunter, Frank should have known this. See more »


Richard Loffler: [Frank has paralyzed him] I Can't Feel My Legs
Frank Walsh: [bluntly] I Can't Feel Like I Give A Shit
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Ranchera Larga - Mexican Song
Written by Luis Amed Irizarry (as Luis A. Irizarry)
Music by Luis Amed Irizarry (as Luis A. Irizarry) & Antonio Caraballo
Voice by Pedro Juan Claudio
Trumpet by Ángel Machado
Guitar by Antonio Caraballo
Bass by Luis Amed Irizarry (as Luis A. Irizarry)
Produced by Luis Amed Irizarry (as Luis A. Irizarry)
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Nicolas Cage vs the Uncaged
8 November 2019 | by TwistedContentSee all my reviews

Nicolas Cage never fails to entertain & nowadays it's quite easy to set the expectations for his newest pieces just right to get the max out of it. "Primal" is obviously flawed and sometimes quite silly, but it's all good and light fun that sets our beloved Nic Cage versus the uncaged.

"Primal" starts off in the jungle, introduces Frank Walsh as the thick-skinned, smart-mouthed, secretly-actually-a-good-guy hunter who's on a mission of getting his freshest catches (including a vicious one of a kind jaguar) shipped to the American zoos. In other words, characteristically, it's the type of character Cage enjoys and we enjoy it just as much, if not more. So, everybody gets on the ship, including and armada with a big-time prisoner & all goes to hell in two days, making Cage take up a fight against the uncaged, which happen to be both animals and the main villain. The story's pretty straigtforward, but moves at a steady pace, at times barely, but managing to not cross the line of boredom. Among those parts there's some classic type of action sequences, some creature feature thrills & a little bit of healthy Nic Cage comedy. Most of the characters are, well, cliche & sometimes some of them do stupid things, but the quantity of the expendable characters compensates. Acting's either decent or okay-ish, besides Cage the next best thing was Kevin Durand as the villain. I'm happy to say that visually "Primal" was a bit better than I was expecting from another VOD, the cinematography's very standard, but decent & the fx were quite solid. The soundtrack & original score was lacking and barely noticeable.

All in all it's undeniable that without Nic Cage "Primal" would be an even lesser movie, because if there's one thing I might remember from this flick is him and his line "I got a real nice cage for you". While the movie itself is very average, I do recommend it strongly for all the Cage fans out there. My rating: 5/10.

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Release Date:

8 November 2019 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Puerto Rico


Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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