Prey Movie Review and Movie Summary (2022)

The scene with the bear is so cleverly staged that you wish “Prey” hadn’t given us a good look at the Predator beforehand. As it drags the bear out of its pursuit and lifts it up to kill it, the invisible predator is painted into view by an outpouring of blood. Naru sees this and runs like hell. Then begins a series of expertly crafted chase scenes where our antagonist uses familiar and new ways to clear out his victims. There’s also a callback to one of the original film’s best lines: “if it bleeds, we can kill it.” Bleed it does, with a neon green blood that Naru at one point uses as war paint.

Adding another element of danger (as well as fresh meat for viewers hungry for predator-based carnage) are a number of sinister French fur trappers. When Naru stumbles upon a field of skinned buffalo, she prays over them, thinking that this is the monster’s handiwork. Soon she realizes that it is a man, the other evil predator, who is responsible. Although they agree with Naru that there is something otherworldly out there, the Trappers are even more villainous than the Predator. So we are not upset when they start getting sprayed.

“Prey” is a worthy sequel to Ah-nul’s original, although there are no “choppas” for anyone to get to in 1719. Naru deserves to be added to the list of tough characters that can hold their own against the Predator. She uses brains and strength in equal measure to deal with all her enemies, dispatching them with bloody efficiency. Nature also turns out to be a cruel opponent, but she is also ready for that. The film creates a portrait of her Comanche nation without doing others – they are the heroes of the story and their village teems with a sense of camaraderie. Although the film is mostly in English (a full Comanche-language version was also apparently shot in tandem), it doesn’t jeopardize our suspension of disbelief.

Despite the expected whining from immature men who have yet to see the film but already think it’s “too awake,” “Predator” fans won’t be disappointed with “Prey.” It’s a scary and fun amusement park ride that also evokes a surprisingly tender emotional response. When Naru finally let out the war cry she had previously denied, I couldn’t help but cheer. Too bad I couldn’t do it with an audience full of equally enthusiastic viewers.

On Hulu tomorrow, August 5th.

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