A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Croc hunters range from cynical to well-intentioned, but all are ignorant and cocky (until they die or are taught lesson); villains are greedy, bloodthirsty, cruel.
Violence & Scariness
Movie opens with shot of a mass grave (closeups of worms, rotting remains); crocodile attacks are brutal (chomping bodies, crunching a skull, screaming victims); fights (punching, kicking, hit to crotch); fairly explicit shooting executions; weapons include axe, machete, AK-47s, handguns, knives, grenades; war participants shoot repeatedly (bodies thrown, bloodied, dismembered); attempted rape; blood splattering onto observers during violent scenes; dismembered limbs, skulls, bones; boy shoots a villain in the back; Krieg describes watching his wife be eaten; blood spreads in water (shown from overhead); blood/urine mix (made to attract croc) thrown on villain.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some cleavage shots; Steven makes sexually themed jokes about the croc (puts his hand through his fly as if it's the croc; alludes to too-small cage as a too-small "condom"); sexual slang ("tap that ass," "hard-on"); jokes about a closeted gay man getting his "ass tapped").
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Multiple uses of "f--k" (about 15, some with "mother"); other language includes "s--t" (20+), "ass," "damn," "hell."
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Products & Purchases
Verbal reference to Starbucks, visuals for Nike and Fubu (T-shirts), Budweiser (sweatband), Sony (camcorder).
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigar smoking by villain; beers for protagonists.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this creature-centric horror movie includes lots of bloody violence: The film's giant crocodile rips up and eats people, militiamen shoot at civilians, a family is executed, and more. There's discussion of "black-on-black violence" in the United States and Africa. A teenager character shoots a villain and is upset by it. An attempted rape scene involves a rough assault, ripped clothing, and the female victim's distress. Some drinking and smoking; language includes multiple uses of "f--k," plus other obscenities and sexual slang. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Inconsistent and conventional, Primeval claims to be "inspired by true events." Namely, the reported attacks by Gustave and the country's civil war, which has raged since 1993. The two plotlines come together thematically, with the movie positioning the militias as "killing machines" much like the crocodile -- both of which fail to attract the attention of white, Western media or intervention by international peacekeepers.
While it's worthwhile for the filmmakers to try to compare the two, the intriguing idea is trivialized and lost in the formulaic plot and characters of this mostly hum-drum horror flick. On top of that, the special effects are lacking -- Gustave is a not-very-convincing mix of animatronics and CGI.
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