Disappointed and Mislead

Tonight I went to our local theatre to see a movie that I have been waiting to see since the first trailer aired. The movie was called “Primeval”. Here is the synopsis from the Mann Theatres Web Site.

Synopsis:

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.

Sounds pretty interesting to me. A good horror/thriller about a mass serial killer, I’m in. The previews also added some nice and appropriatley creepy footage of this mystery killer….how misleading.

So I go in, grab a seat and settle in for a good horror movie. The previews built up the anticipation with some potentially great looking horror movies coming up in the next 6 months and then the screen goes dark and “bam” the movie starts. The opening scene shows a female forensic scientist at a mass grave site in Africa and she is determining the cause of death for all the people in the mass grave. So far so good.

So the woman and some local military guards wander off to a nearby river bank where there was another fresh mass grave. So she grabs her shovel and sinks it into the fresh dirt mound and all of a sudden the ground starts shaking, something big is coming through the dirt and in a flash the woman is dragged off into the nearby water amidst a hail of gunfire from the local militia guards. The last we see of her is a dismembered arm come floating up to the surface for just a moment, only to be pulled back under violently. That is where the movie became exactly what I wasn’t expecting. So much different than what I was expecting that I wasn’t able to really even enjoy the show because I just kept thinking about how “this wasn’t the movie that the previews said it would be”.

You see, if you haven’t already guessed, the prolific serial killer that is still at large today is in fact just a huge crocodile that the locals have named “Gustave”. Yes, this movie was nothing more than a Jaws ripoff that takes place in Africa and has a crocodile instead of the shark.

I think if I would have known that it was about a huge killer croc’ ahead of time, I probably would have enjoyed this movie more. It was fairly well done, albeit very predictable. There is a little sub-plot about a nice fellow named “Little Gustave” and his reign of tyranny over the local people living in the “bush” in Africa, but that is pretty minor to the main focus of big poppa Gustave and his hour and a half long feast. There is even the nicely wrapped moral message in the movie. One of the main characters has a moment of clarity after half of his companions have become croc’-chow and goes on a brief monologue about how we as human beings have created our own monsters. He understands this now because he figures out that this croc got so large and aquired the taste for human blood because of the huge amounts of killing done by “Little Gustave”, with all of the bodies being tossed into the river to be washed away with no trace of evidence.

All in all if you take this movie for what it is, a Jaws knock-off, then you will most likely find it to be an entertaining hour and a half. But if you are tricked, like I was, into thinking this is a new “Silence of the Lambs” type serial killer thriller, this movie will most likely come up short for you and leave you feeling cheated.

That is my Movie thought for today. It’s just my opinion, but I hope it helps you enjoy the show!

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