Director – Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane, The Boys)
Starring – Amber Midthunder (Longmire, Hell or High Water), Dakota Beavers (Burning Questions) and Dane DiLiegro (Sweet Home, American Horror Stories)
Release date – 2022
Rating – 3.5/5
I grew up in the late 80s and early 90s and spent more time than I should have at my local video store. I also convinced my dad to buy the set-top box so I could watch movies and shows on HBO, Cinemax, and The Movie Channel. Over the years I have been able to watch Predator and Predator 2. They weren’t my favorite movies, but I enjoyed them. Since then, I’ve stayed on top of the Predator movies with the exception of The Predator which came out in 2018.
I enjoyed them all, even the two AVP movies, but I don’t know why I took the time to find and watch The Predator. However, when the Prey news broke, I knew it would be a movie I couldn’t pass up. I had to see it and once it arrived on Hulu I made sure I had time to watch it the following weekend. No one asked for this advice but here it is.
**Spoiler alert** The film is set 300 years ago with a tribe of Native Americans dealing with encroaching French fur traders and tribal politics. We follow young Naru (Midthunder) who wants more than to be a herd like most females. She aspires to be a hunter like her brother and often sneaks in on her own hunts. However, during one of her excursions, she tracks down something unusual and tries to warn her tribe. They ignore his warnings and soon come face to face with an ancient predator. When the men of her tribe fall prey to the predator, she steps in to stop him before he wipes out his tribe. **Spoiler alert**
Prey is a movie that was tailor-made for fans of the Predator movies. Most forget that the first two Predator movies were action movies with a horror element. Most modern Predator movies continue the horror-inspired action that fans of the genre hate, but that’s because they mostly expect a more horror-based movie after the main character is often grouped with the xenomorph and the extraterrestrials. Prey once again delivers on what Predator fans have been waiting for. Lots of great action sequences and some horror elements that really made for a fun and enjoyable popcorn movie. This is the one I’ll add to my collection come hell or high water.
The acting in this one is awesome. Midthunder is absolutely stunning as a young aspiring Comanche hunter. His dialogue and delivery are better than most actors in the season and his action scenes are very intense. She does an amazing job with her performance and Trachtenberg knocked the cast out of the park with her and the rest of the cast. What is truly impressive is that a good part of the Comanches delivered truly unforgettable performances with very little experience. The movie has an amazing cast with some truly amazing performances.
The story of this one is unique to the Predator series. Most Predator films are set in the present day, with some touching upon their decades-long arrival on our planet to hunt and extract DNA from predatory animals. However, none actually take us back in time to these encounters. It was a different approach and a bit of a gamble that actually worked. It was a lot of fun, there was an awful lot of character development, and it shapes a legacy for future Predator movies in different historical periods. I can’t wait to see where we go next.
Finally, the movie has fun deaths with lots of practical and visual effects. Usually the visual effects stand out in films like this, but in Prey they complement the practical effects. I loved the bloody deaths and how they were incorporated into the film. It won’t disappoint, especially those of you with an eye for red stuff. Overall, Prey is not a movie to sleep on. This is the Predator movie fans have been clamoring for. I highly recommend checking this one out. It was very fun.