Synopsis: In Prey, we learn about the origin story of the Predator in the world of the Comanche Nation 300 years ago. Naru, a skilled female warrior, fights to protect her tribe against one of the first highly-evolved Predators to land on Earth.
Prey acts as a prequel movie to the hit 1987 movie Predator and largely succeeds. The story focuses on a young female Comanche Warrior called Naru who is out to prove herself to all of her peers. Initially, we see her on the hunt with her older brother Taabe. However, when a spacecraft drops off a predator the hunter becomes the hunted.
Naru begins to notice wildlife being killed and skinned in unusual ways and just left in the open, which she finds somewhat worrying. Over the course of the film, she tracks the predator as it methodically hunts various animals and moves on to people.
While this film is fairly light on dialogue there is a great deal of physical acting that comes into play. Amber Midthunder is brilliantly cast in the role of Naru and brings a lot of physicality to the role. The scene she has with her onscreen brother Taabe (Dakota Beavers) is fairly convincing. In that, you can easily believe them as brother and sister.
Some acting credit should also go to the dog that accompanied Naru throughout her adventure. It was well trained and seemed to work well with Naru throughout the course of the film.
Prey is a bit of an unexpected hit with me personally. You see growing up in the 1980s. I absolutely loved the original Predator film, which was one of several movies that helped make Arnold Schwarzenegger a star. I also quite enjoyed Predator II, which starred Danny Glover. But all the sequels after that were pretty crap.
For me, Prey makes up for those misfires and pretty much makes the Predator movies something that is worth seeing again. In fact, I’d go as far as to say that Prey is the best movie in the franchise since the original predator. The film manages to bring back that primal fear into the mix. As we see Naru struggle in her fight against a far superior enemy.
I also appreciated the call back to Predator II in regards to the Pistol that Naru uses against the predator, which is the same pistol that one of the predators gives to Danny Glover’s character at the end of Predator II.
Overall. Prey is a movie that I will likely rewatch at some point along with the original Predator and Predator II.
Fans in the UK can watch Prey through Disney + while folks in the USA can view the movie through Hulu.
- CGI & Stunts10
- Incidental Music9.5