R ‧ Scifi/Action – 1 hour 39 Minutes
Written by Patrick Aison
Directed by Dan Trachtenberg
- Amber Midthunder as Naru, a young Comanche warrior who protects her tribe against a Predator
- Dakota Beavers as Taabe
- Dane DiLiegro as the Predator
- Stormee Kipp
- Michelle Thrush
- Julian Black Antelope
(In their own words) In the Comanche Nation in 1717, a fierce and highly skilled warrior named Naru learns the prey she is stalking is a highly evolved alien with a technologically advanced arsenal
The BEST things about the film
- It’s a really cool addition to the franchise. Love the setting in the Native American world.
- They are releasing the film in a full Comanche language dubbing. This is the first time ever for a feature film.
- Love seeing an action film with a really strong female lead.
The WORST things about the Film
- The special effects of a bear are really bad. For a movie with this kind of budget….come on. Really?
- The lack of consistency with using Native American language and “English” and accent or no accent.
- Unlike the original, there doesn’t seem to be much of a deeper underlying message to the film. It’s just there for fun.
I will admit, I rolled my eyes when I heard they were coming out with a fifth installment of the Predator franchise called Prey. Like, haven’t we mined this franchise for enough material yet? However, once I learned about the premise I became intrigued. This installment is technically a prequel to the others, set long ago in Native American land in 1717. From the trailer it was unclear if the Predator was the one hunting the members of the Comanche Nation or if it was the other way around. Which actually is kind of an accurate question even during the film.
The story centers around a young female warrior, Naru (Amber Midthunder) who’s trying to earn the respect of her fellow tribemates, when suddenly The Predator shows up. Seemingly, the Predator seems like he’s just there to find prey to hunt. To her, it’s a sign from the gods that she’s ready to be a hunter and she’s ready to capture him. But things don’t go as easily as she hoped.
Midhunter does a wonderful job in the lead role, showing herself to be a formidable opponent of the predator and someone who deserves the respect of it and her peers.
At this point, the success of the film and to an extent. really comes down to whether the story they tell with the Predator is a good one. We aren’t expecting surprises, we know what the Predator’s people can do…so it is really about did they come up with a good story and execute it well. I feel like they did on both counts.
The film was full of captivating drama and action, it gave us enough of a sense to not really know how it would end throughout. We didn’t know how these folks with less technology would stand a chance against the predator.
I enjoyed this film a lot. I’m not entirely in love with it, but it is probably the best entry into the Predator franchise since the original. I really enjoyed seeing the intersection of scifi/fantasy and the old technology living of the Comanche Nation.
This is a great popcorn film.
Never underestimate your opponent.
If you won’t fight back, you may not be worth it.
THE FINAL WORD
The fifth installment of the Predator franchise is probably the best one in decades. Intense, action packed, and a creative 1717 Comanche Nation setting.
My 3L system gives me the choice to Love It, Like It, or Lose It.
Prey gets a Like It
WHERE TO WATCH
Prey will be streaming on Hulu in the U.S. on Friday, August 5.