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Primeval (2007)



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 predator. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
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
Buena Vista Pictures - Official Site


Dominic Purcell
as Tim Manfrey
Brooke Langton
as Aviva Masters
Orlando Jones
as Steven Johnson
Jürgen Prochnow
as Jacob Krieg
Gideon Emery
as Matthew Collilns
Linda Mpondo
as Gold Tooth
Chris April
as Captain
Erica Wessels
as Dr. Cathy Andrews
Vivian Moodley
as Indian UN Officer
Patrick Lyster
as Roger Sharpe
Andrew Whaley
as Senator Porter
Kevin Otto
as UBN Newscaster
Jacqui Pickering
as BBC Newscaster
Kgmotoso Motlosi
as Shaman's Son
Thandi Nugbani
as Shaman's Wife
Thomas Kariuki
as Fisherman No. 1
Azeez Danmola
as Fisherman No. 2
Pamphile Nicaye
as Burundi Drummer
Emmanuel Nkeshiman
as Burundi Drummer
Pierre Calver Nsabim...
as Burundi Drummer
Henry Jeane
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
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.

Full Review… | July 7, 2008

...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

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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

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.

Jason Owens

Super Reviewer

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