The Stream: Farfetched concept even for an sci-fi movie
The Big Screen: Nice action pieces and gory violence
The Final Bill: Nice action sets mixed with an unrealistic storyline make for a watchable stream– S2S: Movie Review
Director: Dan Trachtenberg
Writers: Patrick Aison (story by), Dan Trachtenberg (story by), Jim Thomas (based on characters by)
Stars: Amber Midthunder, Dakota Beavers, Dane DiLiegro
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Runtime: 1 hour 34 minutes
Production Companies: 20th Century Studios, Davis Entertainment
Platform: Hulu released August 5, 2022
Notable Trailers: On the Count of Three (Aug. 17), Hostile Territory (Aug. 24),
Streamers, we have to stalk our movie, Prey, this weekend. Hulu originals have come up with a pre-quel to the Predator series. This movie features an origin story of the Predator in the world of the Comanche Nation 300 years ago. Our heroine, Naru, is a “skilled” warrior that is taken for granted because she’s a woman. She fights to protect her tribe against one of the first highly evolved Predators to land on Earth. Let’s see who gets out of the grips of the Predator.
Now the concept in itself is an oxymoron… unrealistic and also clever. The greatest trackers the world has ever seen vs. the greatest predator tracker the universe has ever seen. I mean a civilization that’s never seen an alien but strangely in other movies looked up to aliens because they were “so basic”. I just have a hard time believing the concept. Yes, the predator dumbed down it’s tech to fight Arnold who covered himself in mud, but this just seems even more farfetched. Somehow, this early edition of Predator is still faster, stronger, and more tech. It’s just unrealistic. There are literally times in the movie I’m thinking their survival is unrealistic at this point, but I can suspend disbelief.
Our cast is diverse and I’m loving it *Arches chime*. I do enjoy the movie with a female lead, but they could’ve done without the whole man vs. woman storyline. Why can’t she just be a beast, and everyone knows it? Can we stop this narrative, sometimes, that oh this unsuspected young lady has a talent better than a man? It’s a movie you can base it in reality or not, but either way women kick butt regardless so it’s really not farfetched. Anyway, I feel like we got her being quietly kick-butt for far too long, like 95% of the movie, and then the resolution happens in a snap of a finger. I wish they had featured our heroine a bit more. There are many fight sequences and disgusting gory pieces of violence that take place in this movie that are worth watching. You know what you’re going to get from a Predator movie, I MEAN REALLY.
Nevertheless, Prey is a solid streaming option for those Predator fans. It’s definitely not the best of the Predator series but it got away from the ridiculousness of the last movie, The Predator. Honestly, there’s nothing to run to for this movie but it’s also not horrible. For safety, we’ll say this movie is a bowl of popcorn because it’s a streaming option but if this were to come out in theaters it would’ve been a handful. The action is pretty great, but there isn’t too much and really nothing new. So, flip on the Hulu app when you don’t have much to watch and check out Prey when you get a chance.