Prey (2022) Review

Disney purchasing 20th Century Fox, is the best thing that could have happened to the Predator franchise. The quality of films declined with installments like Alien vs Predator. As a child, they’re entertaining but upon revisiting them as an adult, it’s evident they haven’t aged well. This is in part due to the demystification of the antagonist or villain. An issue plaguing iconic slashers in the horror genre.

Thank the heavens for Dan Trachtenberg for restoring the Predators to their former glory as seen in the iconic 1987 film, Predator. Yautja, (pronounced Ya-OOT-ja), is the name of the species. They come in different classes, shapes, and sizes. These space traveling creatures exist only to hunt. Prey, starring Amber Midthunder as Naru, is a story about the first evolved Predator landing on Earth in the early 1700s. He is brutal, mysterious and only wants the smoke with the biggest threat available.

While trying to prove herself to be a warrior, Naru discovers the apex hunter. Her tribe, the Comanche, dismiss Naru’s warning and learn the hard way. Her brother, Taabe (Dakota Beavers) is one of the few who trusts in her ability. He is also the third-best thing about this movie, besides Naru and the Predator (Danie DiLiegro). There is so much to love about the story. It is important to acknowledge how well the main character is written. She is not the traditional archetype of a hero, which means viewers see Naru gain her skills over time.

The journey itself is what makes this movie great. It is similar to a single-player adventure game, in a free roam environment, where one encounters a boss that is too strong to defeat. Bodies are being dropped left and right by the murderous NBA player-sized alien, who wears a bone-like mask equipped with advanced sensors. Even though he possesses a technological advantage, Naru has her intelligence and willpower to survive. Don’t get it twisted, the Predator slaughters a great deal, but he took some punishment too. Disney made the right choice of putting this on Hulu, so viewers can enjoy all the rated-R goodness. Prey is a 9 out of 10.

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