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Prey

Thoughts

Strong, assured and solidly entertaining, Prey is a more than competent quasi-prequel that effectively delivers the requisite sci-fi thrills and gore fans of the franchise want.

By smartly mining the history of the Predator concept, and extracting its strongest elements, the filmmakers succeed in presenting an engaging story in a well-assembled cinematic package. Set in the Great Plains of North America in 1719, the film follows a young, female Native American warrior and her tribesmen as they encounter a highly evolved alien hunter. As a viewer, I found the concept remarkable. Placing the Predator within a historical setting and having it engage with and hunt an indigenous group of people is creatively ingenious. The idea has a very 'Cowboys and Aliens' feel to it. How would people from the past react to an alien encounter? Could they comprehend the experience the way we would today? The movie never delves far into the existential implications of these questions, but moves steadily enough and appeases us with enough action that we don't mind.

While the writing is never truly gripping, the film's vision is immersive, and this allows the viewer space to perceive the historical context of the story and the players of its time. Confident, clear-eyed direction elevates the picture and assists in crafting a series of pacey and bloody battle sequences. The female protagonist has purpose, agency and drive, but some of that dimension is undercut by trite cinematic tropes and unconvincing narrative leaps. Many of the secondary characters are, predictably, expendable fodder for the Predator.

Despite an inability to properly capitalize on its unique premise, Prey is an inherently watchable, if not seamless, experience that reinvigorates a dying franchise.

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Verdict

3/5

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