In one of the most remote places on earth, a bloodthirsty serial killer has claimed over 300 victims, and is still at large to this day. Now, inspired by the true story of the world’s most prolific killer, comes PRIMEVAL, a nail-biting horror-thriller that follows an American news crew determined to capture this terrifying murderer alive. The danger begins as producer Tim Freeman (DOMINIC PURCELL, “Prison Break”), cameraman Steven Johnson (ORLANDO JONES) and their rag-tag team set out on a journey up-river in search of their subject. But the deeper they probe into the mystery of this elusive assassin, the deadlier their trip becomes.
Although this is a fairly gory film, at least there is somewhat of a moral to the story; “Primeval” is a cheesy, predictable attempt at combining “Jaws” and “Hotel Rwanda.” In one scene, a journalist describes how years of murders in the name of a civil war have given a killer crocodile a taste for human blood. In that way, he says, we create our own monsters. Despite the film’s attempts to show human courage by having a group of journalists hunted down by a militia group and a giant man-eating crocodile, somehow “Primeval” falls short of being inspiring. The computerized crocodile is laughable as it chases people through the bush, and the attempts to politicize a killer-crocodile movie seem very out of place. Many people are killed in this film, either by being shot or eaten by the crocodile, and in both cases horrified bystanders are splattered with blood and gore. “Primeval” is not approved by Dove.