Primal

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38% Rotten Tomatometer Score38%
  • 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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    Amy NicholsonFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    It's more brutal than thrilling... I think the plot summary is probably the most tongue-in-cheek about the way it plays out.
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    David EhrlichindieWire
    A lifeless game of cat-and-mouse-and-jaguar.
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    Simon AbramsRogerEbert.com
    Face it, tiger: Primal is boring.
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    Noel MurrayLos Angeles Times
    Unfortunately, even by the relaxed standards of trash cinema, "Primal" is dispiritingly tame.
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    Mike D'AngeloAV Club
    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.
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    Rex ReedObserver
    I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I screamed out loud five times.
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    Brent McKnightThe Last Thing I See
    "Primal" is precisely the movie it promises to be. It's Nicolas Cage hunting an assassin and a CGI jaguar on a boat. He also has a sidekick that is a parrot he hates.
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    Ed TravisHollywood Jesus
    The devolved monsters never really devolve much past a gross set of teeth, and the plot doesn't evolve too much beyond a standard body count. But the mystery of what this cave is, where it came from, or what is inside it was intriguing enough.
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    Sarah CartlandCaution Spoilers
    Despite its flaws, I warmed to Primal as it neared its close, and not just because it was nearly at a close. It's enjoyable nonsense that becomes weirdly compulsive viewing.
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    Niall BrowneMovies in Focus
    Nicolas Un-Caged - that's what you could call this man versus nature actioner. Nicolas Cage returns to his action roots with Primal, a high octane action film which takes subtlety and tosses it overboard.
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