Best known for her ingenue work as Samantha Reilly on Fox's "Melrose Place" from 1995 to 1998, the attractive Brooke Langton has begun to carve out a feature film career with role as a jilted lesbian...
With stories like this who even needs the “Inspired by true events” shield? Primeval tells of the world’s most prolific killer Gustave. You see Gustave is a crocodile and he remains at large to this day. His thirst for human blood goes unpublicized until he chows down on a white woman at which point an American newsman Tim Manfrey (Dominic Purcell) his cameraman Steven (Orlando Jones) and TV personality Aviva (Brooke Langton) head down to Burundi Africa where they hope to document the capture of Gustave. They’re joined by a wildlife preservationist of sorts (Gideon Emery)—a rare breed in a post-Steve Irwin world—who doesn’t want to harm Gustave. The deep jungles of Africa become a veritable obstacle course when the locals embroiled in a long-standing civil war and unwilling to have some damn Yankees televising their homeland stand in the crew’s way not to mention Gustave proving an evasive 20-foot-long um little bugger! The names might not ring a bell but you’ve seen these three stooges before--all on TV in fact. Purcell is currently enjoying about half the 15 minutes of fame of Wentworth Miller on Fox’s slipping Prison Break. Purcell plays Tim with steel and virility as he hides his Aussie accent for the most part but he’s still got a ways to go to reach Clive Owen’s caliber of acting--and more importantly Owen’s caliber of roles. Langton of The Net (the TV show adapted from the Sandra Bullock movie of the same name) and Melrose Place fame shows off the beauty that will afford endless opportunities to prove herself as a “real” actress—which is ironically similar to her character’s plight—but will never get there with roles in movies like Primeval. And Jones still best known for and plagued by his 7-Up commercials is in true negligible-sidekick mode here--worthy of a snicker approximately once out of every dozen times he tries overzealously to get one. Jaws may come to mind based on the water creature-stalking-man plot but well it’s tough to even mention those two in the same sentence. Director Michael Katleman a TV fixture himself at least doesn’t even aim high enough to reach that level. No from the get-go he’s shooting more for an Anacondas feel—and yes that’s the horrific sequel to the so-terrible-it’s-fun J.Lo “original.” Katleman almost reaches Anacondas-ian highs but not quite. Among other notable problems the director cannot for one moment strike the right balance between the aforementioned level of guilty pleasure-dom and genuine horror. Instead he catches us off guard with what are supposed to be the thrills—and also with the comedy. Finally once Gustave is revealed which should essentially be the moviegoers’ reward the croc looks more a prop sitting in a theme-park lot. And the script from John D. Brancato and Michael Ferris (Terminator 3 co-writers)—well let’s just hope with the story being uber-derivative and cheesy enough as it is Orlando Jones ad-libbed all of his unlaughable comedy!
Co-starred with Alicia Witt in "Playing Mona Lisa"
Raised in Euless, Texas
TV-movie debut in the Fox drama "The Wyatts"
Began appearing in TV episodics with "Freshman Dorm" and "Beverly Hills, 90210"
Co-starred in the thriller "Primeval"
Had supporting role in "Reach the Rock"
Guested in several episodes as girlfriend of "The Single Guy" (NBC)
Co-starred in "Kiss the Bride" with Alyssa Milano
Played the romantic lead opposite Keanu Reeves in "The Replacements"
Feature film debut, "Terminal Velocity"
Starred in the USA Network series "The Net"
TV series debut as regular, "Extreme", a short-lived adventure show on ABC
Moved to Portland, Oregon
Played Samantha Reilly on Fox primetime serial "Melrose Place"
Had two juicy film roles in "Listen" and "Swingers"
Best known for her ingenue work as Samantha Reilly on Fox's "Melrose Place" from 1995 to 1998, the attractive Brooke Langton has begun to carve out a feature film career with role as a jilted lesbian in "Listen" and the object of the eyes of one of the "Swingers" (both 1996). Born in Arizona and raised in Texas, the brunette beauty began her career as a model, working primarily in Japan. Like many before her, she made the transition to acting beginning on TV in 1992 episodes of such series as "Freshman Dorm" and "Beverly Hills, 90210". But her first real break came two years later when she was chosen to be leading lady to William McNamara in "The Wyatts", an unsold Fox pilot which did run as a TV-movie. That same year, she played daughter to Joan Van Ark and Stephen Macht in "Moment of Truth: A Mother's Deception" (NBC), in which Van Ark stuns her family by joining a cult. Langton had her first regular series role in "Extreme" (ABC, 1995), as Sarah Bowen, a waitress turned rescue team member working for James Brolin. She continued in TV-movies with the lead as a woman harassed by a deranged man but whose judge father can do nothing to help her in "Eyes of the Stalker" (NBC, 1995). Langton also played the girlfriend to Jonathan Silverman's "The Single Guy" in several 1995 episodes.