Prey (2022)

Prey: The Best Predator Movie After The Schwarzenegger Period – T3 Latam

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Prey is a bloody action fest that adds even more charm to the Predator film series.

Prey: The Best Post-Arnie Predator Movie

VERDICT T3

The killer jaw finally gets the savage and stylish showcase it deserves, and Midthunder is just as deadly as its foe.

pros

  • Midthunter delivers a capable and believable protagonist
  • Trachtenberg Rebuilds the Deadliest Predator and Makes It Even Deadlier
  • Action, suspense, horror and science fiction in one great movie
  • Possibly the best post-Arnold Schwarzenegger Predator installment

Cons

  • It still feels like a weird prequel to the original series.

If director Dan Trachtenberg offered a canny spin on what extensions of cinematic universes can be with 2016’s 10 Cloverfield Lane, he does so again with his Predator series entry, Prey. Rejecting any temptation to be bigger and more extravagant, or simply to indulge nostalgia, Prey is a beast that fits better into one side of the saga than most IP variants… It’s like a blood relative (green ), not an expansion pack for the previous films.

Relocating the saga, Trachenberg removes the core concept of Predator and rebuilds it into ferocious, full-bodied survival forms. And then, more importantly, he has tons of fun finding ways to increase the number of skulls.

Amber Midthunder achieves the goal of hooking you as the young Comanche Naru. The year: 1719. The place: the Northern Great Plains. While Naru wants to hunt as part of a rite of passage, the warrior Taabe (Dakota Beavers) says that she is not ready. But despite her young age and inexperience, she is a good tracker. She knows her territory. When she finds a skinned snake and a huge footprint, she knows no bear did that. And when the air sparkles as she fights for her life, Naru knows that a new danger awaits her.

By carefully building the environment and character, Prey gives us a believable clue in a setting you can feel. Whereas 10 Cloverfield Lane made single-set cinema appealing, Trachtenberg here makes the most of a larger landscape, navigating between sprawling aerial shots and rugged close-ups to evoke the deadly beauty of it. And he is deadly, as evidenced by the swamp sequences and lethal (and ursine) close encounters.

Against this backdrop, the Yautja (Dane DiLiegro) quickly asserts his alpha status. Teasing audiences with glimpses of the jawed monster that resembles a high plains demon, Trachtenberg meticulously builds up the blood and suspense before unleashing the creature’s full suite of abilities.

A mid-movie massacre not only links Prey to Predator 2 (and to the 1718 comic), it also revels in the indecently exciting spectacle of the Yautja at work to wickedly inventive effect. And Midthunder proves to be a more than worthy adversary. Scared but determined, capable but uptight, she emerges as the most interesting protagonist in the saga thus far.

By the time the final fight comes around, with Sarah Schachner’s excellent score roaring, you’ve become a complete fan of Naru and root for her as her wits resolve clues subtly seeded throughout the film. For her part, Trachtenberg has figured out how to give the Yautja her due. The best post-Schwarzenegger Predator variant? Undoubtedly. The best Predator movie per se? Difficult decision, but one thing is for sure: Prey does his job and does it very well.

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