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Primeval
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Jul 3, 2007 By: Sturdy
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Director:
Michael Katleman

Actors:
Dominic Purcell
Orlando Jones
Brooke Langton

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Three American journalists are sent to Africa to investigate and capture a giant, killer crocodile (Gustave) that has been terrorizing the locals. However, when they get there, they realize they have to deal with more than just a giant crocodile.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
This film reminded me a lot of ANACONDA, but with a giant crocodile instead of a giant snake. Thereís no plot, and the goal is to get the half-heartedly developed characters in situations in which the giant croc would want to eat them. Nothing makes sense in this film and the fact they repeatedly say the movie is based off of real events should be a personal insult to Gustave himself.

Speaking of giant crocodiles, you donít actually meet Gustave until the 44th minute. Which means you have to sit through 44 minutes of Dominic Purcell and Brooke Langton struggle to remember their lines like a second grader would struggle taking the SATís. The lone bearable performance was from Orlando Jones, but as much as I like the guy, heís not going to make it back on the A-list with movies like this.

When the giant crocodile does finally appear, he only gets about 10 minutes of screen time. Heís not intimidating at all and the director doesnít even try to build suspense. The odd thing is that itís clear they donít take themselves seriously, so Iím not sure why they waited so long to get to the campy fun. The scenes that do include the croc are laughable, but thatís more reaction than we get the rest of the film. To make matters worse, the film is set in Africa, so of course the director attempts to throw in some political commentary. Itís laughable, and shouldnít have been included in a movie like this. It took away from the campy fun and its inclusion was completely out of place.

However, despite the lack of plot, atrocious acting and lame action sequences, this could still make for a fun movie watching experience. It has that Mystery Science Theater 3000 feel to it and if youíre with a group of friends and you have nothing better to do, rent this film, sit back, and laugh at each otherís jokes. Trust me, thereís plenty of material here to make fun of.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Michael Katleman and Paul Linden: I was relieved to hear these guys give a straight-forward commentary to their film. They realize they didnít make THE GODFATHER and they have no problem saying that. Unfortunately, there were some long pauses to sit through. Overall, they do a nice job and when theyíre talking, theyíre pretty enjoyable.

Croc-umentary: Bringing Gustave to Life (9:38): Itís less than ten-minutes long, but this is a pretty neat featurette dealing with the CGI in the film. The crazy thing to keep in mind is that there really is a 15-foot crocodile that has killed over 300 people. This is worth a look if youíre into crocodiles and you want to know more about Gustave.

Deleted Scenes (5:40): This is the first DVD Iíve ever seen where you have to watch the deleted scenes with commentary. Michael and Paul are fun to listen to and theyíre pretty honest as to why the scenes were cut. However, itís hard to sit through the scenes because you canít hear the dialogue. Over all, they were right in cutting them.

There are also some Previews
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Make no mistake about it, PRIMEVAL is not a good movie. However, it could easily turn into one of those campy films thatís fun to watch when youíre hanging out with your friends. It has just the right mix of cheesy one-liners, horrible acting and over-the-top action scenes to keep you laughing.
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