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

  • Despite its flaws, I warmed to Primal as it neared its close, and not just because it was nearly at a close. It's enjoyable nonsense that becomes weirdly compulsive viewing.

    February 13, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Nicolas Un-Caged - that's what you could call this man versus nature actioner. Nicolas Cage returns to his action roots with Primal, a high octane action film which takes subtlety and tosses it overboard.

    January 2, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Despite the "Cage vs. jaguar" hook that is being relied on to sell the movie, there isn't a whole lot of gnarly animal action.

    December 9, 2019 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • Is Primal good? Not exactly. But it is a film in which Nicolas Cage goes man-hunting on a ship full of snakes and parrots and monkeys [...] and, in a way, that's good enough.

    December 6, 2019 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

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  • At its best, Primal calls to mind Adam Sandler's Netflix originals, where it's clear the actor is just going on vacation to different locals and hoping the creatives around him can put together a movie from the exploits.

    November 16, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • How have I not been transported back to the 90s where Primal should be opening in wide-release alongside every other audacious action hybrid imaginable?

    November 14, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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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.
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