Primeval (2007)

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


Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R (for strong graphic violence, brutality, terror, and language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: John Brancato, Michael Ferris
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 12, 2007
Box Office: $10.4M
Runtime:
Buena Vista Pictures - Official Site

Cast


as Tim Manfrey

as Aviva Masters

as Steven Johnson

as Jacob Krieg

as Matthew Collilns

as Gold Tooth

as Captain

as Dr. Cathy Andrews

as Indian UN Officer

as Roger Sharpe

as Senator Porter

as UBN Newscaster

as BBC Newscaster

as Shaman's Son

as Shaman's Wife

as Fisherman No. 1

as Fisherman No. 2

as Burundi Drummer

as Burundi Drummer

as Burundi Drummer

as Burundi Drummer
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Critic Reviews for Primeval

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (15)

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.

Full Review… | January 17, 2007
AV Club
Top Critic

Essentially Jaws moved to Africa.

Full Review… | January 16, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

For some insane reason, the makers of Primeval attempted to create a film that blends Anaconda with Hotel Rwanda, and they failed miserably.

Full Review… | January 16, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010

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.

Full Review… | July 7, 2008
ESplatter

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

Full Review… | August 16, 2007
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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

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Ken Stachnik

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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

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Wahida K

Super Reviewer

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.

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Jason Owens

Super Reviewer

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