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By Alex Saveliev | August 7, 2022

This is Midthunder’s show, through and through. She makes for an immensely compelling lead, both tough and vulnerable, her large, expressive eyes communicating every wisp of emotion. The actor must have trained for months prior to filming, as she displays a set of skills that would make Taken‘s Bryan Mills blush. The rest of the cast fares well, Naru’s brother Taabe (Dakota Beavers) especially convincing as the “less-toxic-than-others” warrior.

Naru (Amber Midthunder) and the Predator (Dane DiLiegro), shown. (Photo by David Bukach.)

This is Midthunder’s show, through and through.”

The most effective parts of Prey are those that are wordless, letting the action and imagery speak for themselves. To avoid the issue of having the cast learn an ancient language, Apocalypto-style, or worse, fake an accent, the filmmakers immediately sort of inform us that it’s all been translated. Still, when the characters do speak, it feels a tad clunky and anachronistic. Don’t come here looking for depth either, although the feature’s feminist motifs are pleasantly unforced, adding to the story rather than distracting with preachy polemic.

Prey was never intended to be Shakespearean fare. What it sets out to accomplish, it does so masterfully, marking arguably the best entry in the series so far (let’s face it, McTiernan’s original hasn’t aged all that well, the sequels are subpar, and the Adrien Brody reboot is rudimentary at best). Trachtenberg and Co keep things humble, never resorting to bombast, cheap emotional manipulation, or soulless spectacle. At 90 or so minutes, Prey is a lean, mean machine without an ounce of fat on its muscular body. It’s a reminder that this land was populated long before we, the original predators, overtook it, a subtle treatise of “man as predator,” but mostly, a vicious, wildly entertaining flick that’s bound to become the new classic in the series.

Prey (2022)

Directed: Dan Trachtenberg

Written: Patrick Aison, Dan Trachtenberg

Starring: Amber Midthunder, Dakota Beavers, Dane DiLiegro, Stormee Kipp, etc.

Movie score: 9/10

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"…a lean, mean machine, without an ounce of fat on its muscular body."

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  1. JR says:

    It was an strong ‘ok’ entry in the series, quite possibly the second best – looked nice landscape wise but some of the CGI was on the dodgier end of things. How you can propose that this is better than the original is just bonkers though, that film as about as stone cold a classic of the genre as you can get. Prey just has a few too many ‘hmm’ moments (how would she know the flower hides you from the Predator just by looking at the Frenchman, rather then thinking it’s because he was playing dead? indeed – how would that flower potion kick in so quick anyhow? – why is the Predator so ignorant to his own tech that he can’t figure out what’s happening in the finale? – and plenty more of those moments besides.. Her character arc isn’t the best either, whereas Arnie and Co. were deconstructed throughout the movie to the point of Dutch having obvious trauma in the ‘copter ride home, Naru barely changes at all. Overall, decent enough – and that’s enough for me 7/10

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