'Primal' [Blu-ray + Digital]
(Nicolas Cage, Famke Janssen, Kevin Durand, Michael Imperioli, et al / Blu-ray + Digital / R / 2019 / LGF)
Overview: 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.
Blu-ray Verdict: Come on now, before you even press play you know what you're in for here re: Nicolas Cage + a B-Movie = tremendous, unadulterated fun and nonsense on the most highest of cheesiest levels!
Never failing to entertain within this genre that he is so accustomed to undertaking, setting your expectations ahead of time for this latest piece seems justified, sure, I'll give you that, but weirdly, 'Primal' does actually have some quite breathtakingly wonderful moments!
OK, sure, the film is obviously flawed and sometimes quite silly on oh so many levels once it gets going, but it's also chock full of good and light-hearted fun that sets Cage up nicely to battle the now-uncaged wild!
We begin deep in the jungle where Frank Walsh (Cage) is shown to us as being a thick-skinned, smart-mouthed, secretly-actually-a-good-guy hunter who's on a mission of getting his freshest catches (including a vicious one of a kind jaguar) shipped to the American zoo's.
In other words, characteristically, it's the type of character Cage enjoys and that we enjoy watching and routing for just as much; if not more. So, everybody gets on the ship, including an armada with a big time prisoner and so yeah, within a couple of days everything all goes to hell!
Now it's Cage vs. the uncaged, which now happens to be animals and the main villain himself! Yep, the story is pretty straight forward from that point on, but moving at a rather sprightly pace it lovingly never crosses the line into dull or boring, trust me!
Featuring some classic action sequences, some creature feature thrills and even some Cage one-liner quips that are pretty funny at times, most of the characters are, well, clichéd and most times dumb, but the quantity of easily expendable characters compensates nicely!
Kevin Durand as the villain is ok, fort he most part, but Famke Janssen as Dr. Ellen Taylor is just, well, distracting throughout re: her obvious facial plastic surgery work. Sorry, but it really is distracting on some many levels as no matter what her expression is, her face doesn't move a jot!
Regardless, 'Primal' (together with Cage's latter line "I've got a real nice cage for you" to the villain of the piece) is well above average and will satiate all the Cage fans out there just nicely. This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.39:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Feature of:
• The Making of Primal
A thrilling and action-packed film that Nicolas Cage fans will love, 'Primal' will be available on Blu-ray and DVD for the suggested retail price of $22.99 and $19.98, respectively.
Official 'Primal' Trailer