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Primeval

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4.81 h 34 min200718
A news team sent to Burundi to capture a legendary 25-foot crocodile.
Directors
Michael Katleman
Starring
Dominic PurcellOrlando JonesBrooke Langton
Genres
HorrorSuspenseAdventureAction
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Audio Languages
English
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Supporting actors
Jurgen Prochnow
Producers
Gavin Polone
Studio
Hollywood Pictures
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4.1 out of 5 stars

359 global ratings

  1. 54% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 24% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 11% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 6% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 6% of reviews have 1 stars
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West25Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 June 2011
3.0 out of 5 stars
"I feel like a pork chop on Queen Latifah's dinner plate."
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Tim Manfrey, his cameraman Steven Johnson and another reporter called Aviva Masters travel to Burundi. They've been sent to cover Matt Collins' attempt to capture a 25 foot Crocodile called Gustave, that has gained legendary status as a man eater. Soon after their arrival they meet up with paid hunter Jacob Krieg, and the five of them along with some guides and security set off into the swamps to capture the crocodile. During the hunt for Gustave, the group have to deal with a local warlord when Steven films some of his men execute a family.

The movie is 2/3 a political drama/thriller with the civil war and genocide going on in Burundi, and their battle with the warlords men who are trying to kill them. Maybe 1/3 of the film is a killer crocodile horror movie, a good thing in my opinion as the crocodile CGI wasn't brilliant and I tend to enjoy movies that mix genres. The movie was promoted as being about a serial killer called Gustave, who has killed hundreds of people. Gustave is the name of the croc who is based on a real crocodile in Burundi named Gustave, who is a notorious 20 foot man eater that still roams the swamps today. There was no mention in any of the trailers that Gustave was a crocodile, in another shocking display of false marketing.

The acting was pretty good, I liked Dominic Purcell in Prison Break and he was good here. Jurgen Prochnow played Krieg and he's always welcome in a B movie, Brooke Langdon and Orlando Jones give decent performances. Orlando Jones' character makes a comment towards the end of the movie that some sensitive people may find racist, despite it actually fitting the character and being amusing. It's directed by Michael Katleman who is a TV director having directed episodes of Smallville and Tru Calling among many others, he keeps the movie going at a pretty good pace once we get past the slow start.

It was shot in Africa, so the scenery is good, showed off by some excellent cinematography. The crocodile looks okay, but a little bit too computer generated and the CGI blood is a big no for me. Corn syrup and red dye isn't that expensive and looks so much better. If you want a killer crocodile movie then I suggest the excellent Black Water or Rogue, if you want a political thriller with a killer crocodile thrown in, then this is a good way to spend 90 minutes.

The DVD has a commentary by the director and the visual effects supervisor, where they gush over how magnificent the movie and effects were. It's actually quite informative as they tell tales about members of the crew whilst filming, and they go into detail about how they run out of money. There's also deleted scenes and a croc-umentary, showing how they brought Gustave to life.
BatReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 September 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Very good and entertaining Crocodile film
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Very good and entertaining Crocodile film...second only to 'BlackWater'. What makes this movie different is that it isn't solely about the Crocodile...it tackles the genocide that went on in Africa too. Dominic Purcell (Prison Break / Flash / Legends of Tomorrow) stars. The Crocodile looks pretty good and although CGI.....moves just like a real one.
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Brian PReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 September 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Crocs are as dangerous as sharks
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It was OK but nothing spectacular. I have seen better alligator and croc films and although this was based on a true story, there could have been more action. It will join my collection of films but may not be looked at again for a long time.
TruettonMiddlesexReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 May 2012
4.0 out of 5 stars
Lyrical Horror
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This film is well crafted and gives the watcher a feeling of involvement with the characters as they search for and find the crocodile that has been eating locals in an african river system. The film was actually based on real events, the inclusion of a documentary film crew, a local warlord and a witchdoctor who is taken and killed by bad men add the lyrical tone the film seeks. Entertaining and yet moving this story has an ending which involves Gustave the croc with Little Gustave his equivalent in the world of men and our all seeing film crew in a life or death struggle.
SteffiwinkleReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 July 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
and this one was actually far better than expected
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I was not sure what to expect with this... I am really into my cheesy 'creature feature' films, and this one was actually far better than expected! With a decent story line and not too many bad effects - I recommend to anyone who appreciates this kind of film. I actually squealed like a girl at one point, much to my other half's amusement... !!
neil dowdingReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 March 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great product
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Great product and great seller to deal with
Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 June 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Worth seeing
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An interesting story, with a good role for Dominic Purcell who I had only ever seen before in "The Flash" as a supervillian.
Nice to see him doing something more low key.
Down load was smooth and picture and sound quality very good.
I wouldn't buy it but it was well worth renting
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 August 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good
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Excellent
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