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Primeval (2007)


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A TV station sends a newsman and his photographer, accompanied by a female animal expert to Burundi to capture an enormous crocodile which has been eating the local population. They assemble a cage and settle down to wait with a couple of local white hunters, but it turns out that the croc is not their greatest worry as the photographer secretly films soldiers employed by the local warlord killing members of the opposition. The team have guards, but are they really on their side?


Worm eaten bodies are seen, the huge crocodile attacks and eats numerous people with resulting blood, guts and severed limbs. In the civil war people are executed, and there is quite a bit of virtually random shooting. There is no nudity or sex, but the female member of the group is saved from being raped when the crocodile chomps the rapist. A few bottles of beer are drunk.

A View

This terrible film ticks all my boxes for a “DON’T SEE”. The random violence is unpleasant, and really has little to do with what little plot there is. Nearly the whole film takes place in the dark. There is a lot of shouting. The crocodile is ridiculously fast over land, just to fit in with what the director wants to happen. Even the activities of apparently intelligent people are silly, like avoiding the crocodile by perching on a structure in the swamp. There is no humour. Believe me, no-one likes this so don’t watch it.

Duration 1h 33m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story Real events apparently. A TV team was sent to capture a huge croc in Africa in 2004, but failed in the task.
Director Michael Katleman
Writers/Script John Brancato, Michael Ferris
Starring Dominic Purcell, Orlando Jones, Brooke Langton, Jurgen Prochnow, Gideon Emery
Additional Info I like to read the IMDb trivia to see of there is anything of interest. I have already mentioned the one item in it.

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