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Primeval Kill [DVD]


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  • Actors: Dominic Purcell, Brooke Langton, Orlando Jones, Jürgen Prochnow, Gideon Emery
  • Directors: Michael Katleman
  • Producers: Gavin Polone
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Danish, Romanian, Swedish, Norwegian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainm
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Mar 2008
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TQLJ1Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,413 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Up the jungle horror-thriller based on the true story of a slightly larger than normal, exceedingly hungry, crocodile. On hearing the tales of a monster croc that has been responsible for over 300 deaths, TV producer Tim Manfrey (Dominic Purcell) and cameraman Steven Johnson (Orlando Jones) are dispatched to Africa to try and capture the beast. However, once they begin to track the animal, it's not long before they realise they've bitten off more than they can chew. Events take a turn for the worse when the group earn the wrath of a local warlord, and the hunters become the hunted.

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By chelios1981 on 4 Dec 2010
Format: DVD
A curious film that had a very bad advertising campaign that confused a large amount of people regarding it's plot, and thus was avoided by the masses.

Director Michael Katleman has worked on major TV shows in his career such as ER and Smallville, and clearly understands how to create tension with scenes, but more importantly for a film like this, how to stage special effects set pieces, that pack a punch, put the characters in believable peril, and the audience with them.

The film charts a U.S based film crew as they track a rogue 25ft crocodile in the hope of capturing it (so far so Anaconda). However as stated in other reviews the film puts them in the danger of not only the crocodile but the local Militia that are killing locals, and quite happy to shoot and kill them at will.

Thus the film flicks between political comment and main stream creature feature.

However it works pretty well, as like in Jaws, the monster is on screen enough time to be scary and cause carnage, but not over used until the silly, overblown popcorn ending.

The films main success is the director's brilliant style, making a low budget film look proper big budget, with gorgeous shots of the landscape, a decent and believable use of CGI for the creature, and a cast that are (odd cliche aside) very believable, and never irritate like in other films of this Genre.

Despite some Gore and blood, the feel of the movie is more Jurassic park or deep Blue Sea (Lots of nice golden sunshine days, completed with well lit night scenes in the typical Hollywood pouring rain), rather than being an out and out horror fest.
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By All of them Witches TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 Mar 2009
Format: DVD
Quite reminiscent of 'Anaconda' a hotchpotch of reporters, crocodile experts and locals endeavour to capture or kill a large crocodile that has been devouring villagers et al in war torn Burundi.
It was a very uneven film, somehow despite it's best efforts it never quite nailed the intensity and horror of a country in the throes of civil war nor the terror of a large man eating reptile on the rampage. The American reporters were a bit irritating especially the wise guy cameraman (Jones) always ready with a quip or 'amusing' response regardless of the situation whether it be indifference to cultural sensitivities or (sigh) giving the finger to the pursuing crocodile after it becoming momentarily lodged between two trees.
The cgi varied from passable to risible and a lot of the action happened so fast it was difficult to see what happened even on slow-mo. Considering the size and danger posed by the beast in question the cast were not deterred from entering the water at any opportunity; I didn't think the sub-plot with the warlord was presented very well, a warlord with ONE armed (as in firearm) companion!?!
The crocodile behaved rather inconsistently and crocodiles certainly don't roar like lions as was presented in the film. It wasn't bad, maybe over-ambition on a limited budget ultimately compromised the atmosphere it may have achieved if it had not straddled the stools of killer croc and civil war.
I had also seen the documentary a while back about 'Gustave' the crocodile on which this film drew its inspiration and it had a lot more bite than this film depiction.
Worth a watch certainly but it is another in an ever growing list of films I would not bother watching again. Two and a half out of five.
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By Dr Evil TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 May 2009
Format: DVD
`Primeval Kill' is about a giant crocodile out in the river in a small, poverty-stricken town in Africa. Some reports and a hunter from New York head to Africa to try and kill the ferocious animal and capture it all on film. Only the crocodile isn't the only danger that they encounter whilst they're there.

I quite like creature features like Lake Placid and Jaws, and even Anaconda wasn't too bad, so I thought I'd give this a try, given that it was at such a low price and for a TV/straight-to-DVD movie it wasn't too bad. It took a long while for much to happen - I got to about the 35 minute-mark and was about to turn it off as I was getting pretty bored due to the slow pace and having not a lot to do with the croc (it hadn't even been seen at this point) then all of a sudden it appeared at it was non-stop action and excitement for the remainder of the film. The special effects of the croc itself were very impressive, especially considering the much lower budget than Lake Placid and it is also very gory and quite brutal for the most part. Acting wasn't too bad - nothing Oscar-winning but nothing to complain about. Some of the scenes with the African soldiers was also a lot more shocking than the actual croc attacks. The story was ok, it did drag a lot near the beginning, like I said before, but is quite necessary I guess when you look at the film as a whole.

Overall this is a pretty decent action/horror that if you can pick it up at a low price is well worth a watch.
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"Primevil Kill" is supposed to be a creature feature about a killer crocodile. Or is it? Other reviewers compared it to "Anaconda", just with a crocodile instead of a giant snake. That is wrong. "Primevil Kill" is in fact a poorly written movie about a civil war somewhere in Africa, but the production company seems to have gotten scared and decided on throwing a man-eating crocodile into the mix. It simply doesn't work. There are too many subplots so most viewers will probably lose interest fairly quickly.

There are two main storylines: the civil war and the giant crocodile, and the crocodile part is not that bad. There are a couple of mildly entertaining action scenes, but, unfortunately, the crocodile looks like it was created at an animation workshop for beginners. The civil war part is a catastrophe and doesn't lead anywhere.

The pacing is terrible and the shaky camera is just annoying, it doesn't make the movie the least bit more interesting. The only positive aspects of this movie are the great pictures of the African landscape and the performance of Dominic Purcell.Other than that, "Primevil Kill" is just a waste of time.

If you are looking for a good killer crocodile movie, you will be disappointed, but if all you want nothing more than a nonsense action-thriller, this one is for you. Everyone else, don't bother.
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