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Primeval [Blu-ray]

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Inspired by the true story of a legendary 25-foot man-eating crocodile comes the intense, terrifying horror movie Primeval, starring Dominic Purcell (TV

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Feature Commentary With Director Michael Katleman And Visual Effects Supervisor Paul Linden|"Croc-umentary: Bringing Gustave To Life"|Deleted Scenes With Optional Commentary By Director Michael Katleman

Product Details

  • Actors: Dominic Purcell, Orlando Jones
  • Directors: Michael Katleman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Danish (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 12, 2007
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OPOAG6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,648 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Primeval [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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When I rented primeval, I was expecting (and hoping) for a sci-fi channel type movie about a monster crocodile that would attack everyone. Well, it was partly like that. A group of journalists is sent to a civil war stricken South African country to report on the capture of this man eater.

The journalist meet a few local villagers and hook up with a crocodile expert. However, their lives are threatened by much more than just a crocodile when the cameraman accidentally films men from a local warlord's army executing a tribal holy man and his family.

The crocodile does play an important part in this movie; but I felt that it became more of a movie about the Burundi civil war; its war lords; and a general statement about ravaged Africa as a whole. Some people, I have read, did not like this movie. I think its worth a try, I certainly enjoyed it.

By the way, Gustave (the killer crocodile) is indeed real. He lives in Burundi and may be the largest freshwater crocodile in the world. I Googled "Gustave crocodile in Africa" and got a BBC News link from a 2002 article. Interesting.
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As if Africa didn't have problems enough to deal with - now we can add a giant primordial crocodile to the mix.

Laughingly based on a "true story," "Primeval" is a mediocre monster movie in which three American reporters, a trained crocodile expert and a surly German guide ("Das Boot"'s Jurgen Prochnow) travel through the wilds of Burundi to track down the legendary man-munching menace known to the local natives as "Gustave." In addition to the creature, the team has to contend with some vicious tribal leaders who are waging an intense civil war in the region.

Afflicted with a paltry budget, "Primeval" is marred by uneven acting, cheap-looking special effects and the all-too-common chauvinistic attitude that sees Africans as either malefactors intent on slaughtering their own people or incompetent victims just waiting for some knight-in-shining-armor Westerners to come riding in on their white horses to save them. In fact, so much time is devoted to the conflict between the Americans and the African warlords that it's quite easy to forget that the giant crocodile is in the movie at all. Actually, considering the rather unconvincing appearance of the creature on screen, that might, in fact, be the best thing that could have happened to the movie.
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"Primeval" tricked me. I knew nothing about the film other than a brief blurb I'd read that said it was about a serial killer and was based on a true story. Turns out the "serial killer" is, in fact, a large, hundred-year old crocodile named Gustave. Ho ho!

Eh.

The story is about a news team that has been sent to Africa in order to cover a story on (and perhaps capture) the elusive beast. The movie briefly explains why a blood-thirsty crocodile is news (and even why it would be left up to journalists, a cameraman, and two wild animal experts to catch a critter that's been eating unsuspecting humans for decades), but the explanation is weak, at best.

Even weaker is the awkward melding of the croc plot with another story thread involving an African civil war that is propogated and prolonged by a blood-thirsty warlord named -- that's right -- Gustave. Is this a powerful political metaphor? Probably. Is it done well? Of course it isn't.

Populated by stock characters of the worst kind (although Orlando Jones manages to do some good things with his smart-aleck cameraman role), "Primeval" succumbs to ludicrousness (the characters, after a recent croc attack, decide that a rickety shack built IN the river is their best safe haven), pointlessness (the dull bonfire "bonding" scene where a tribal drum session is followed by the Westerners singing "Amazing Grace" off-key), and confusion (most of the croc attacks take place at night and are dizzyingly hard to follow). Tack on a hokey (albeit unfortunately true) message about American apathy toward African brutality, and you're left with a jury-rigged mess of a movie, a schizophrenic cinematic experience that tries to be viscerally scintillating as well as politically charged. If it had picked one or the other, it may have had at least a shred of consistency to give it pluck and cohesion. Instead, it's a mawkish blend of macabre and moralistic.

And it's not about a serial killer.
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The promo ads for this film tried to suggest that this feature is about a serial killer, but no, it is about a monstrous fresh water crocodile, a giant one that is the scourge of Burundi, who preys upon the villagers along the Rizizi river. The natives have dubbed him GUSTAVE.
GUSTAVE is for real. He is a 23 ft. long, believed to weigh over a ton and believed to have devoured 300 people. The film can say that " it was inspired by true events" because the Giant Croc is still believed to have been sighted very recently. There is a National Geographic documentary about Gustave. Wounds made by bullets/arrows/machetes make Gustave easily identified.

In the movie, Tim Manfrey(Dominic Purcell, Prison Break) accompanied by a news reporter named Aviva( hottie Brooke Langton, The Replacements), Steven(Orlando Jones) and conservationist Matthew(Gideon Emery) is sent to Burundi to try to capture and make a documentary about the capture of the legendary croc.
Burundi is in the midst of a civil war when the team arrives, with much of the nation cowering in fear of a warlord nicknamed Little Gustave. "He got his name from the crocodile. It's hard to say whose blood is colder," says a town official.

The team aided by a local tracker, begins the hunt for Gustave while hoping not to run into the rebel militias. They encounter both the human Gustave and the reptilian version. That's where the film gets to reflect: Who is more murderous, The man or the Crocodile?

The director M. Katleman stated that JAWS inspired him while making this film, and it shows. It never gets close to that level of suspense, but PRIMEVAL is definitely a lot better than all the JAWS sequels/knock-offs. There are some immersive, tense moments notwithstanding.
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