Argumentative August #25 – Primal Fear (1996) – tenstarsorless.com
Rob and I would like to once again welcome you to another review for our Argumentative August Blogathon. This next film, Primal Fear is being reviewed by myself here at tenstarsorless.com. Let’s see what I thought of this movie….
For the second time in this blogathon, I choose a movie that I had seen before. I recall really enjoying this film and being blown away by the ending. Sadly Primal Fear really wasn’t as enjoyable the time around considering I already knew the outcome beforehand and kind of took away from the build up of the story. I’ve always been a fan of Richard Gere and his movies but he is just another throw away lawyer type in a court case with a very unusual basis.
What didn’t I like?
I wasn’t much of a fan of Laura Linney’s performance. The story tries to force an “old flame” angle on us between her character and Gere’s but it is hard to picture them together when he plays a playboy hot-shot and she’s a play it by the books kinda of girl.
Was Primal Fear a good story?
This story takes on the touchy subject of religion and a crime that involves one of the city’s most polarizing religious figures. This story may just be about corruption at the highest levels, it also features a very dark side that provides even more motivation for the events that took place. Once all the evidence has been presented, this story just turns into another case about good vs. evil.
I have seen a lot of movies with Edward Norton in it. He is a fan favourite for such works and many people would applaud his efforts here. I would call him the perfect architect here in Primal Fear because just when you think he has pulled off the perfect crime, he will change the game up and aid his case. If you don’t know how this movie ends yet, you’ll be in for a major surprise at the end which Norton executes to perfection.
Would I recommend it?
If you would have asked me a few years ago I would have recommended Primal Fear in a heart beat. Having rewatched it just a few weeks ago, I would say you are not missing much if you don’t ever watch it. One may watch the trailer and be interested in the trial, but the real selling point to this story would the characters and the actors who play them.
my star rating: 4 out 10
imdb: 7.7 out 10 / metascore: 47/100 / rottentomatoes: 74% out 100%
roger ebert: 3.5 out 4 / richard crouse: n/a