Primeval: Joe Alblas
Gregory Kirschling
January 17, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

Primeval

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
94 minutes
Wide Release Date
01/12/07
performer
Orlando Jones, Dominic Purcell
director
Michael Katleman
distributor
Hollywood Pictures
author
John D. Brancato, Michael Ferris
genre
Horror

We gave it a B-

Pit a reptile the size of a school bus against an American TV-news crew in war-scarred Burundi, and you get Hotel Rwanaconda, a horror movie interested in cheesy scares and drawing attention to the plight of poor Africans. (So no, Primeval is not the ”serial killer” film promised by the ads.) Costarring a giant CG crocodile, the movie cribs from the Jaws playbook, but it’s more polished and ambitious — albeit misguidedly so — than your average genre howler. And it has Prison Break‘s Dominic Purcell, who favors open-chested shirts in this role, too.

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