Primal

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Chiefly of interest to Nicolas Cage completists and hardcore B-movie fans, this action thriller suffers from an unfortunate lack of Primal energy.

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When Frank Walsh (Nicolas Cage), a hunter and collector of rare and exotic animals, bags a priceless white jaguar for a zoo, he figures it'll be smooth sailing to a big payday. But the ship bearing Frank's precious cargo has two predators caged in its hold: the cat, and a political assassin being extradited to the U.S. After the assassin breaks free - and then frees the jaguar - Frank feverishly stalks the ship's cramped corridors in hot pursuit of his prey, right up until the thrilling, unpredictable climax.

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Critic Reviews for Primal

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (20)

  • It's more brutal than thrilling... I think the plot summary is probably the most tongue-in-cheek about the way it plays out.

    November 8, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A lifeless game of cat-and-mouse-and-jaguar.

    November 8, 2019 | Rating: D | Full Review…
  • Face it, tiger: Primal is boring.

    November 8, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Unfortunately, even by the relaxed standards of trash cinema, "Primal" is dispiritingly tame.

    November 8, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It's the sort of humdrum thriller you half-watch on TV while folding laundry; any hope that Cage might do something memorable enough to momentarily pull your attention entirely away from your socks is in vain.

    November 7, 2019 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

    Mike D'Angelo

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  • I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I screamed out loud five times.

    November 7, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

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  • Dec 28, 2019
    This was exactly what I needed tonight. But what I needed wasn't something good. Nic Cage and everything that happens within his 30-foot sphere of influence is one hundred percent unbelievable at all times. Under Siege with talking parrots, what could wrong? Lots. Still fun though.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer

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