“Take it easy with my CAT,” screams Nicolas Cage in the way only he can. So begins the trailer for his latest random, weird-as-hell, straight-to-VOD, probably terrible opus, Primal. And though short, this tells us all we need to know: Nic Cage, on a boat, hunting both a rare jaguar and an international assassin. Because of course. But don’t take my word for it, watch for yourself after the jump.
What we see in this Primal trailer definitely implies this leans toward the more manic side of the Cage Spectrum. And after the disappointment that was Running With the Devil recently—a disappointment on the Cage front, as he’s rather subdued the whole time, though Laurence Fishburne has a coked-out sex montage that’s wonderful—I’m up for some chaotic, scene-chewing mania.
Here’s a synopsis:
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.
Helmed by Nick Powell, a stuntman-turned-director making his second film (his first was the Nicolas Cage/Hayden Christensen ancient China joint Outcast in 2014), Primal has assembled an A-list of B-movie stars. Cage is the obvious headliner, but the cast also includes Famke Janssen (X-Men), Kevin Durand (The Strain, Tragedy Girls, a billion other things), and Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos). And a questionable CGI jaguar.
Primal opens in theaters (so says the trailer) and lands on VOD on November 8. This is going to something to behold. I have so many questions I need answered.