Movie – Primal Fear [REVIEW] – Don’t believe Everything You See…

IMDB Rating: 7,7/10
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director: Gregory Hoblit
Writer: William Diehl
Stars: Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Edward Norton


Actually, this is the first debut film from Edward Norton. From here he is famous. This movie is also a film that reminds me of “The Usual Suspects” which is exactly same as a double plot-twist ending. For Norton, he is really worth the appreciation two thumbs for his acting on this movie. Before I review a bit about this movie, there will be a little spoiler.

Richard Gere, Maura Tierney, and Andre Braugher in Primal Fear (1996)

“Primal Fear,” tells about Martin Vail (Richard Gere) a very powerful lawyer who one day voluntarily handles the case of his client named Aaron Stampler (Edward Norton) an innocent young man and orphaned indicted for the murder of a great archbishop.

Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Edward Norton, and Terry O'Quinn in Primal Fear (1996)

Although you rewatch over and over again, it doesn’t feel bored for me when I first watched it. Adapted from William Diehl’s novel, this film is Edward Norton’s first debut. His famous films such as American History X, Fight Club, The Incredible Hulk, and Birdman are his very popular films. The role of Edward Norton is very cool. To portray multiple personalities, one a psychopath, and the other an innocent child. On the one hand have to talk like a stutterer and on the other hand, must talk emotionally. He also received “best supporting actor” at the 1996 Golden Globe Awards event in his first film. Richard Gere and Laura Linney are also performing well but not very prominent. What’s interesting about this movie is also a very brilliant ending twist. The director of this film, Gregory Hoblit leads us from a very ordinary start to being in a confusing situation.


Overall, this movie is highly recommended for those of you who like about case films and plot-twist. Not worth it if the script from the beginning is so strong in the duration of 130 minutes.

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