General Information

Glossary: P
Released Year: 2019
Runtime: 97 minutes
Genre: Action
Directors: Nick Powell
Writers: Richard Leder
Casts: Nicolas Cage, Kevin Durand, Famke Janssen, Michael Sirow, LaMonica Garrett, Jeff Gum
IMDB: Primal (2019)

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User Rating:
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IMDB Rating: 4.8


Observer - Rex Reed
Recent complaints about action flicks with no action can be ameliorated by Primal, a white-knuckle thriller with a thrill a minute. Nicolas Cage delivers his best performance in years.
The Hollywood Reporter - John DeFore
No film involving Nicholas Cage and a blowgun with curare-tipped darts can be all bad, and Primal gives us at least a little of everything we'd want in this kind of yarn.
Uproxx - Vince Mancini
At times, watching Nic Cage over emote every single line and bad guys get iced by killer monkeys is as sublime as it sounds.
The A.V. Club - Mike D'Angelo
One hires Cage for a generic timewaster like this in the hope that he’ll make it at least a little more interesting on screen than it was on paper, by virtue of some crazed facial expressions and off-the-wall line readings, but he evidently wasn’t in the experimenting mood.
Variety - Dennis Harvey
That this mashup of too many familiar action-thriller elements doesn’t emerge a generic mess is a credit to all involved. That it’s passably entertaining but also instantly forgettable comes as less of a surprise.

Primal (2019)

A big-game hunter for zoos who has booked passage on a Greek shipping freighter with a fresh haul of exotic and deadly animals from the Amazon, including a rare white Jaguar - along with a political assassin being extradited to the U.S in secret. Two days into the journey, the assassin escapes and releases the captive animals, throwing the ship into chaos.