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Primal (2019)



Critic Consensus: Chiefly of interest to Nicolas Cage completists and hardcore B-movie fans, this action thriller suffers from an unfortunate lack of Primal energy.

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When Frank Walsh (Nicolas Cage), a hunter and collector of rare and exotic animals, bags a priceless white jaguar for a zoo, he figures it'll be smooth sailing to a big payday. But the ship bearing Frank's precious cargo has two predators caged in its hold: the cat, and a political assassin being extradited to the U.S. After the assassin breaks free - and then frees the jaguar - Frank feverishly stalks the ship's cramped corridors in hot pursuit of his prey, right up until the thrilling, unpredictable climax.

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All Critics (39) | Top Critics (9)

It's more brutal than thrilling... I think the plot summary is probably the most tongue-in-cheek about the way it plays out.

November 8, 2019 | Full Review…

A lifeless game of cat-and-mouse-and-jaguar.

November 8, 2019 | Rating: D | Full Review…

Face it, tiger: Primal is boring.

November 8, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Unfortunately, even by the relaxed standards of trash cinema, "Primal" is dispiritingly tame.

November 8, 2019 | Full Review…

It's the sort of humdrum thriller you half-watch on TV while folding laundry; any hope that Cage might do something memorable enough to momentarily pull your attention entirely away from your socks is in vain.

November 7, 2019 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I screamed out loud five times.

November 7, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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