Prey Review – The Predator Movie We Deserve

Hulu’s Prey is a prequel that is 100% not a prequel to the classic 1987 action movie Predator. Over the years, the filmmakers have tried without much success to recreate the magic of the first film using the sci-fi alien. Prey is the first movie since the original that feels completely like a Predator movie and embraces the core of what the movie is about: hunting and being hunted.

Prey is set 300 years in the past in the Comanche nation, centering on a group of native hunters accompanied by the tracker Naru (Amber Midthunder) on the Great Plains. Their camp is in danger, so Naru and the other hunters search for the threat, only to discover that a predator – also known as Yautja – is chasing them. Naru and his group are now being chased and must fight back.

The film tells an incredibly simple story, just what you need for a Predator movie. Past installments have been much bogged down in lore and myth – or have attempted to create an even scarier hybrid Yautja – but the heart of this franchise is made up of characters stalked by an incredibly powerful and cunning force. Prey is right. This new movie doesn’t need a reduction in exposure to deliver a good story. Prey even proves that simplicity is key in this series, allowing the audience to fully immerse themselves in what’s going on. As viewers, we’ve spent the latest movies expanding on Yautja lore, and now’s the perfect time to just enjoy a thrilling science fiction movie.

But just because the story is essentially simplistic doesn’t mean it’s a throwaway movie. Director Dan Trachtenberg delivers an intense story that captivates the audience. Trachtenberg knows how to move the viewer – he directed 10 Cloverfield Lane, a film that aims to captivate audiences. While the story of Naru fighting for her role in the tribe as a tracker invests audiences in the character and her motivations, Trachtenberg’s pace of direction creates a film full of suspense.

As mentioned before, this is a prequel and not a prequel at the same time. None of the characters here appear in other Predator movies, and the Yautja here is unique to that movie. The promotion of the film is a bit misleading in this regard. It is set in the United States, but the first Predator movie took place in Val Verde, a fictional country in Central America. And Prey isn’t even the first time the Yautja has visited Earth, as he revealed in Alien vs. Predator that alien species have been coming to Earth for thousands of years. That’s the pickiest review of this movie – it’s not what it seems – but it’s important to know that this is another story involving humans and Yautja, and that’s fine.

Amber Midthunder is fantastic in her role as Naru. There’s power in her acting as a tracker who suddenly has to deal with the fact that she’s no longer the one doing the tracking – she’s now being hunted. There is always a sense of urgency on her face, which is appropriate given the situation she is in. He is a character that you look forward to all the time and who shows tremendous strength and courage throughout the film.

While there are many similarities between Predator or Predators – as the films revolve around people in the forests being hunted – what is striking about this film is that it is mainly about a person and the situation they are in. The film is relatively quiet, which heightens the tense moments as Naru finds out what lies ahead. This film is as much about the atmosphere as it is about the bloody violence that is about to unfold.

Yes, this movie is violent and extremely graphic. It’s probably the bloodiest movie in the Predator franchise. There are many moments of violence that are unbelievable. You might ask yourself, “Did they just do what you thought they did?” The answer is yes, they did and it’s amazing. The action scenes they contain are among the most memorable in the franchise. Without going into too much detail, there are a few moments in this movie that you’ll be talking about with friends for years to come.

But what about the Predator design for this movie? Well, it’s very different. It’s more primitive than anything we’ve seen in the past. If you’ve been a lifelong fan of Predator lore, movies, comics, and anything else you can get your hands on, chances are you’ll love what’s on display. For those unfamiliar with Predator beyond the surface level, this may seem a little confusing – even though we’ve never seen the same type of Predator twice in franchise history. Director Dan Trachtenberg told GameSpot that this Yautja came from a different part of the Predator homeworld – a world made up of different Yautja cultures and types. So while Prey’s monster may seem strangely primitive to us, the technology is just powerful and the creature is just as terrifying.

The technical version may seem a bit designed to keep up with the times, but it’s easily the scariest version of the kind we’ve seen yet, and by the time the movie ends, you won’t even be thinking about it. . Lake. It’s not an unstoppable killing machine. He has weaknesses and it shows from the start. However, the Yautja doesn’t give up either. It’s as quirky as the characters in the movie and doesn’t give up, which makes it even scarier.

The only real downside to the movie was that the FX looked a little rough at times, especially a bear CG. A few moments felt unfinished or unpolished. And thankfully there isn’t much CG in the movie, but when there is and it goes bad, it sticks out like a sore thumb. Fortunately, many of Prey’s effects were useful.

After 2018’s The Predator released another hybrid monster spin-off film, it was nice to see Prey return to the roots of the franchise. Prey is a movie about being hunted and seizing the opportunity to help your people fend off their attackers. It’s not trying to reinvent the wheel, but it fits well into the Predator universe, solidly as the franchise’s second-best movie.

Prey arrives on Hulu on August 5.

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