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Primeval (2007)

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Average Rating: 3.5/10
Reviews Counted: 53
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 43

Primeval is a low-quality horror film, which due to the inane political messages does not even qualify as campy fun.

14

Average Rating: 3.4/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 12

Primeval is a low-quality horror film, which due to the inane political messages does not even qualify as campy fun.

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An American news crew travels to one of the most remote locations on the planet in hopes of capturing the savage serial killer rumored to have claimed over 300 lives in this white-knuckle horror-thriller starring Dominic Purcell and Orlando Jones, and based on actual events. As the intrepid documentarians cautiously make their way upriver, they soon find that the brutality inflicted on man by his own kind pales in comparison to the relentless viciousness of mother nature's most resilient

Jun 12, 2007

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Essentially Jaws moved to Africa.

January 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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For some insane reason, the makers of Primeval attempted to create a film that blends Anaconda with Hotel Rwanda, and they failed miserably.

January 16, 2007 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Can't a killer-crocodile movie just be a killer-crocodile movie?

January 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Primeval is one of several recent movies to bill itself as 'inspired by true events.' So was this review, though in both cases 'inspired' may be too strong a word.

January 13, 2007
New York Times
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How capturing an animal found in every zoo constitutes a scoop is beyond me, but when you expect the trio to be knee-deep in blood they are instead wading through politics.

January 13, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Post
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In the end, broader messages get beaten down by genre.

January 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Primeval is one of crummiest killer-beast flicks of all time. It actually makes the B.C.-shot giant-croc debacle Lake Placid look half-decent, but it sure the hell wasn't.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

Primeval is a slick-looking movie that lacks the gritty goodness of old-fashioned exploitation and is too silly to take seriously as a mainstream thriller.

July 7, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter
ESplatter

...a thoroughly awful, downright irritating piece of work...

August 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

The possibility of commentary is raised but it ultimately is glossed over with cliches and very little substance.

August 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Calgary Movies
Calgary Movies

Laced with pseudoserious undertones, the movie makes "Anaconda" look like a modern-day classic.

July 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Primeval walks a fine line between action, humor, and having half a conscience.

June 25, 2007 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Less than the sum of its parts. There are too many small errors and lost opportunities, and it's just not scary. Even a B movie can't succeed when that's the case.

June 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

The subplot turns what might have been a fascinating true-life adventure into a lurid, stereotypical melodrama.

June 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

As it tries to be two things at once -- a gory monster movie and a dramatic social commentary -- what it mostly succeeds at is being dull and repetitive.

June 8, 2007 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

It's rough going when our heroes have us longing for the complexity of the riverboat crew from 'Anaconda.'

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

Primeval is bad, but it's never boring, and you can't say that about many of its peers.

March 24, 2007 Full Review Source: UGO

Solidly well-told and breathtakingly shot.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Carrying a tracking device, the crocodile becomes visible on a beeping monitor, turning Gustave into a slightly higher-tech descendent of the crocodile who swallowed the clock in Peter Pan.

February 24, 2007 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

If the crocodile don't get you, the warlord will.

January 29, 2007
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

A silly, silly movie that takes itself way too seriously.

January 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
Mark Reviews Movies

The only thing more offensive than the indecipherable action sequences in 'Primeval' (it looks like director Michael Katleman strapped to the camera to a Tilt-A-Whirl) is the movie's appalling attitude toward Africa.

January 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

The problem with this film is that it's not bad enough.

January 20, 2007
Greenwich Village Gazette

The sub-sub-Anaconda bottom-feeder Primeval makes the mistake of taking itself far too seriously; with its exploitative images of civil war and genocide, it's the Blood Diamond of 25-foot-killer-crocodile movies.

January 17, 2007 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

As if the point wasn't already enforced in Turistas, when you step off American soil you'll have to deal with other ethnicities trying to kill you.

January 17, 2007 Full Review

Even in the realm of oversized animal movies, this is a singularly appalling effort.

January 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Primeval

As far as giant croc movies it's not the best, but it's definitely a solid entry in the genre with nice production value. It also features the most croc on land attacks of any others ive seen. Not as good as Lake Placid, Dark Water or Rouge
January 13, 2011
kenstachnik

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I didnt know it was inspired by the true story of prolific serial killer before watching it. Just trusted my friends review and I was not tiny bit of dissapointed
December 17, 2009
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Wahida K

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Only saw this movie once and it instantly became a favorite. I like that it's inspired by true events, and that it's very exciting and suspenseful, but what I REALLY like about it is that not only is there a monster in the form a gigantic croc they're after, but the more they delve into the jungle, they perhaps find an even greater danger in the form of a civil war among their part of the country. The croc and the war among people presents double the punch and excitement, instead of just choosing to be a Lake Placid ripoff.
August 15, 2009
stormyweather980

Super Reviewer

Fairly successful big croc movie. It follows generic plotlines via generic chracters, but has enough charm to pull it off. Orlando Jones is a great casting choice. His wit elevates the film somewhat, with lines like "This crocs like OJ Simpson. His biggest mistake was killing a white woman". The films biggest fault is setting it's sights too high as it becomes half big croc movie, half social commentary on the political climate in impoverished African countries. These two ideas don't go together that well. Blood Diamond and Lake Placid? Exactly. Lots to enjoy and a decent CGI crocodilian.
April 7, 2009
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