Prey movie review - Aussieboyreviews
WILL PREDATOR FANS APPRECIATE AN INVENTIVE PREQUEL LIKE PREY?
There’s an abundance of Predator fans who’ll absolutely despise it for rational reasons, but Prey is definitely the best Predator sequel so far. This action-packed science fiction movie is entertaining, well-paced and should’ve gone straight to theatres.
Hundreds of years ago in the world of the Comanche Nation, a fierce and skilled female warrior named Naru fights to protect her tribe from a highly-evolved Predator who lands on Earth.
Director: Dan Trachtenberg
Cast: Amber Midthunder, Dakota Beavers, Dane DiLiegro, Michelle Thrush, Stormee Kipp, Julian Black Antelope, Mike Paterson
Writer: Patrick Aison
Release Date (Australia): 5 August 2022
Runtime: 99 minutes/1h 39m
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure
Language: English, French
CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)
The film contains science fiction themes, sequences of peril and sustained sense of threat as people and animals are attacked by an alien-like creature.
The film features frequent scenes in which people are attacked by an alien-like creature, decapitated, dismembered, shot, stabbed and impaled, accompanied by large sprays of blood. There are also depictions of bloody injury detail, including flesh and bone detail.
There are singular uses each of the words “s**t” and “son of a bitch” throughout the film.
R (for strong bloody violence)
Aussie boy's thoughts
Prey is a cinematically-beautiful, entertaining, violent and breathtaking Predator prequel that should’ve gone to the cinemas. In fact, it’s extremely disappointing that this movie didn’t make its way to theatres and just appeared on streaming services instead, especially considering the latest instalment of the franchise, 2018’s The Predator, was released at the movies and wasn’t near as great as this one.
This prequel/sequel or whatever you want to call it focuses on the Comanche Nation 300 years ago when the highly-evolved Predator lands on Earth. You can never have a prequel, a sequel, a remake or a reboot made 20 or 30 years after the original without some people who’ll just come to complain that it doesn’t achieve the exact same perks of the original and just taking a big dump on it. Prey simply isn’t deserving of all its negative reviews.
Dan Trachtenberg does an outstanding job behind the camera; the quality of his film is worth seeing in theatres and he does a very good job at taking us back to the time of the setting. As you’d expect from a Predator movie, the violence is strong and bloody, loading up the action with an awesome sense of excitement, although it’s sometimes predictable. Our care for the characters and the story really creates the anticipation.
The first act of the film is a little stiff and it requires the audiences’ patience, but Prey becomes very entertaining and provoking for the rest of the film once the second act kicks in. The biggest flaw in this movie is how during some of the action sequences, there’s smart and strong acts committed by the main character as she fights against the Predator that just aren’t convincing at all. This movie is nowhere near believable compared to the first Predator.
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