Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Blu-ray Review - Primal

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Late last night, I watched the low-budget action flick, Primal (R; 97 minutes), starring Nicolas Cage, which was released earlier this month to Blu-ray (plus Digital) and DVD  by LionsGate Home Entertainment. The only special feature is The Making of Primal.

Directed by Nicholas Powell and written by Richard Ledger, Primal centers around Frank Walsh (played by Cage), an exotic animal hunter and collector who captures a rare white jaguar for a zoo. Due to the fact he doesn't have legal permits to take animals out of the Brazil, he uses a cargo ship to sail all his animals to the United States. Aboard the ship is a group of U.S. soldiers who are extraditing a political assassin, Richard Loffler (played by Kevin Durand), back to the U.S. Typically, they would have flown a criminal back to the states but Loffler has a medical condition that prevents him from going into high altitudes, which is why they're on a boat. And it's the reason why Dr. Ellen Taylor (played by Famke Janssen) is with them so she can monitor Loffler's condition.

Loffler finds a way to escape, unleashes all of Walsh's animals from the their cages, and goes o n a killing spree. Despite having several trained soldiers, it's up to Walsh to hunt down Loffler and save the day.

Final Thoughts

Lets face the facts ―Nicolas Cage plays in a lot of low-budget trash. He makes one movie after another and many of these movies have been pretty bad. His latest outing, Primal, received  mostly negative reviews upon it's limited release last year, which is why I wanted to check it out when it laded on Blu-ray. When the mainstream critics hate something, there's a good chance I might actually like it.

The movie's plot centers around a criminal hijacking a cargo ship and it's up to Nicolas Cage to stop him. Basically, it's ripping off almost every other action film from the '90s, including Cage's Con Air. Considering the low-budget, there's quite a few other big names, such as Keven Durand, Michael Imperioli, Famke Janssen, and LaMonica Garrett. Their cliched characters have very little to do in the movie besides from running away from the killer, though the cast gives it their all.

The picture and sound qualities on the Blu-ray are pretty good. There's only one behind-the-scenes featurette. It would have been nice if there were commentaries, deleted scenes, and bloopers.

Overall, Primal is a prime example not to listen to everything critics say. Sure, the plot is silly but the entire cast seemed like they were having fun and there's plenty of entertaining action scenes. If you enjoy watching B-action flicks, then you'll probably like Primal.

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