Filmed in Thailand and part of the Maneater series, Croc (2007) as you might expect, is about a large crocodile that is chomping on the local population. While not particularly well-written, and with spotty often laughable special effects, what probably helps bolster the film are some of the exotic locations, and the cast of mostly unknown, but earnest local actors. Being from another culture, and having limited acting experience, the cast have a certain innocence and freshness. Michael Madsen (Species) is the only name star, playing Hawkins, an experienced croc hunter. Until he appears at about the halfway point, the film is carried almost entirely by the local talent.
Jack McQuade (Peter Tuinstra) the owner of Jack's Croc Farm, has some major problems. The Konsong brothers, rich influential businessmen, are trying to shut down his business. And Evelyn Namwong (Sherry Phungprasert), an agent from animal welfare is also on his case. Fortunately Jack has his nephew Theo (Scott Hazel) to help him with the business, and his sister Allison (Elizabeth Healey) for financial backing.
After Konsong's thugs break into the farm and release some of the crocodiles, Jack's animals are temporarily suspected of being responsible, after human remains are discovered in the ocean. When the killer croc strikes again, grabbing a small boy, it is clear that another much larger animal is to blame. After being fired, Evelyn teams up with Jack, who is hunting the croc. After meeting Hawkins in the jungle, they form one big happy team.
Croc is full of ridiculous moments, probably none more so than when the killer croc invades a swimming pool. Some of the attack scenes are quite effective, including one where the young boy is swallowed whole by the beast. A fake croc is effectively employed in some of the attacks, but the budget apparently ran low in other areas. Often the suitable footage to make scenes with the croc look passable apparently was not available. Instead the filmmakers try, mostly unsuccessfully, to get by with cheap tricks, stock footage, and fast editing. After a while, these visual shortcomings become a joke.
While the special effects are not always up to snuff, and the acting isn't vey polished, Croc does have some entertaining moments. Perhaps not enough to recommend as a buy, but if you are a fan of the Maneater series, the film is certainly worth looking for on the Sy Fy schedule.