A beach town in Thailand loses good chunks of its tourist trade when a killer croc is cut loose and left to roam. The feeding frenzy also raises the stakes between two competing croc farmers who are liable to lose an arm and a leg if business drops off.
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When I saw it was from FilmRise, and with the early scene of the fishermen using dynamite to fish, I was set to see a real low budget piece of garbage. It is nice to be surprised once in awhile. The body parts were fake, and when the croc head rose up out of the water, that was a piece of hardware (prop). But the acting was decent enough, and the setting was very authentic looking. And also very scenic. And the underwater shots were of tropical reef areas, including the lion fish. Most of the croc shots were of actual crocs in motion. Not sure I accept that the killer croc was in that swimming pool without anyone knowing about it (except the dog, who kept barking), and I doubt Allison surviving after her attack, especially with only a bruise on her arm, but that makes for a more ‘dramatic’ picture. And I guess the evil developer was thrown in for subplot. So this is an entertaining enough movie to be worth the time watching.
Reviewed in the United States on December 10, 2016
I was expecting yet another 'cheesy' killer crocodile movie (them and sharks are the favorite animals for stuff like this)... but I actually liked this one. There's politics involved (which never seems to get boring, even when it's made up); there's a bit of intrigue, and a 'budding romance' that never really gets off the ground. The ending is somewhat predictable, but other than that I thought it was pretty good. I have developed a fascination with crocs and alligators recently; I don't know why, maybe because they are among the few animals left that survived from the Dinosaur age. And I like watching stuff like this from time to time, because every time I do it reminds me of how powerful and dangerous these animals really are. They're not meant to be pets - and even the most skilled handler understands that there are risks involved, whenever one gets too close to these things (thinking about the late Steve Irwin, who devoted his life to learning about wild animals). So if you like these 'killer creature' flicks I would say this is worth a watch... just don't get any funny ideas about getting a baby croc (although they are cute, in a way) for a pet this Christmas season!
Decent actors with sufficient acting skills, most every crocodile scene used real life crocodile footage, only used graphics for direct croc attacks. This was actually a good low budget feeling movie, which is a step up from a good "bad" movie. The plot made sense, and though it seemed a bit rushed, the continuity of the plot was spot on. 5 stars.
Reviewed in the United States on September 2, 2012
There are some decent moments, even moments of suspense, in this rogue crocodile movie (speaking of "Rogue", make sure you see that movie). The exotic locale of Thailand, including some actors and actresses, help to enliven this outing and, quite surprisingly, Michael Madsen helps to ground the movie and give it some empathy. As the story goes an American runs a rundown croc zoo with live demonstrations but is having trouble paying the rent. That's convenient as some local land developer/ gangsters want him out of the way and keep sabotaging his zoo and making trouble for him with an animal rights overseer (somehow I don't picture Thailand as having those...). It doesn't help matters when a large, rogue croc kills some locals after some of the American's crocs have been let loose. So he gets involved in trying to save his crocs only to find that there is an actual large predatory crocodile terrorizing the area and he ends teaming up with the attractive female animal rights overseer and Michael Madsen, a hunter who has been on the trail of this particular killer for years. The end of the movie is a nice showdown between these (and a couple of other people) leads and the titular man-eating monster. A nice effort and a decent watch, especially if you're in the mood.
Note: the review above is for the stadalone movie "Croc". Amazon's review process apparently will not let us create a separate review for the triple feature of the "Maneater" series that also contains "Sea Beast" and "Shark Swarm". For my reviews of those standalone movies please go to those movies as sold as solo features. My overall review for the three film set is that "Sea Beast" rates 4 stars, "Croc" 3 to 3.5, and Shark Swarm an abyssmal 1 star--avoid that at all costs. On the cheap the triple feature is worth purchasing because of the better than average "Sea Beast" and "Croc" and I would grade the overall experience ("Shark Swarm" included) 3 stars.
Mister. Crocodile has being waiting for lunch and these people have come along and are his meal which I must say, he has a large appetite, so with all their fuss about not wanting to be his lunch, should have some consideration, as he has be patient for a long time. All the time things happen that because accidents and they are there. I'm glad it's not me. Now to see a large crocodile trying to have a decent lunch for a change is good. The story is some people get stranded on a small island after their boat gets wrecked and the high tide is coming in. Now that's it no more as not to spoil it. The show is fabulous and worth watching so you can be the judge for yourself very convincing making sure you have an ocean liner to explore the inner lakes okay, so your not the next victim. It's moving intense with emotion and feelings, that your not sure what is next coming at you. Marvelous entertainment so don't miss it, grab the popcorn relax feet up and spend the night with an A grade plus movie that will keep you guessing till the end. Enjoy!
3.0 out of 5 starsGut produziert, aber langweilig in Szene gesetzt!
Reviewed in Germany on January 20, 2012
"CROC" hätte wirklich das Potential zum guten Film haben können. Bild, Ton und schauspielerische Leistung, ebenso die deutsche Synchro liegen über den Standarts von B-Movies. Die Kulisse - besonders Thailands Küsten - sorgen für eine bessere Stimmung, als immer nur ein See in den Vereinigten Staaten. Die Geschichte ist nicht der Brüller, geht meiner Meinung nach aber voll in Ordnung.
Hier kommen wir aber auch schon zum negativen Teil meiner Rezension. Die Story kommt viel zu langsam in Fahrt. Anfangs geht es fast ausschließlich um die Hauptdarsteller (Zoo-Besitzer). Das ist zwar auch ganz ordentlich gespielt, aber eben nicht das, was der geneigte Tier-Horror-Fan sehen will.
Zwischendurch kommt es dann immer wieder zu Angriffen des Krokodils auf Menschen. Leider ist das NICHT spannend! Es sterben Menschen, man sieht mal mehr, mal weniger Blut und auch mal ein paar einzelne Körperteile. Aber Spannung kommt bei den Szenen leider keine auf.
Das könnte zum einen daran liegen, dass in den Angriffsszenen auch echte Krokodile gezeigt werden. Das klingt erstmal positiv, nur leider agieren die Tierchen nicht immer so, wie man es erwarten würde. Das restliche Creature-Design ist eigentlich ganz gut gelungen. Da hab ich schon Schlechteres gesehen und da kann ich die negativen Aussagen anderer Rezendenten so nicht wirklich nachvollziehen.
Extras sucht man auf der DVD leider vergebens. Außer einer Ansammlung von Trailern gibt es nichts zu bestaunen. Das DVD-Cover hingegen ist gut gelungen. Ebenso die Gestaltung des Menüs macht Vorfreude auf einen guten Tier-Horror.
Dieser Erwartung wird "CROC" aber leider nicht gerecht. Schade drum, Potential war vorhanden.
Ich finde, croc ist durchaus unterhaltsam. Er ist kernig, die Hauptdarstellerin recht hübsch und Michael Madsen ganz urig. Das Krokodil und die Angriffszenen sind auch meist nicht schlecht, die Bösen bekommen ihr gerechtes Urteil und nebenbei sieht man auch noch etwas von Thailand. Wenn man Tierhorror mag, ist man hier solide bedient.