There have been many killer croc and alligator films out there and this is one of the few to have a theatrical release. It is also entertaining enough and enjoyable enough that I would say own it, I do and the DVD is great. Of course like any film like this it is only for certain people, people who like the monster flicks and nature amuck flicks. So how does this film stand up against others like it, pretty good I would say but not the best you can choose from.
A group of reporters and such are sent to Africa in search of a legendary crocodile and capture it, sounds like a job I would skip. But any way this crew is sent over and they seem some what happy to do it although Orlando Jones's character changes his tune quickly. Any way they are in search of a croc nicknamed Gustave after the tyrant person that has claim over the land. So they gather a team including a boy who wants to go to America and head out. But not only must they battle the killer croc but there seems to be a militia that is after them as well.
The movie is an enjoyable one that has its moments and is over all pretty entertaining, of course a killer croc is in it so that helps. Writers John D. Brancato and Michael Ferris it seems knew what they were making and set off with every African stereotype they could. Sometimes it works and others it doesn't but at least director Michael Katleman keeps things moving quickly. I think he was able to accomplish this because he works mostly in TV, with shows like "Bird of Prey" and "Tru Calling" to name a few. So even with the flaws the movie moves at a quick enough pace that you will forget about it.
Dominic Purcell is our lead here and he does a good job as leading hero, as does Brooke Langton as our heroine. Jürgen Prochnow, Gideon Emery, and Gabriel Malema all do very well here and like the rest of the cast seem like they had fun making it. But it is Orlando Jones that steals the show here as the comic relief and is the most fun. There are many things to have fun with here but the main one is of course the croc. Like any good monster flick the croc is big, mean, and hungry, is there any other type.
This film is just like any other killer croc film, fun but something to turn the brain off on. There are better ones but there are worse ones out there believe me, I own them. So I do recommend this film but I would say make it a rental first, then if you like it buy it. I did buy it like I do any flick like this, I tend to buy and not rent [it has backfired many a time]. So go forth my young ones and check out all the monster flicks, this one is fun enough.
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