Prey brings new life to the Predator franchise.

A skilled Comanche warrior protects her tribe from a highly evolved alien predator that hunts humans for sport, fighting against wilderness, dangerous colonisers and this mysterious creature to keep her people safe.

I can’t think of such a huge turn for a franchise in a good way more than the Predator franchise, for awhile The Predator franchise has been struggling to get a really solid film out. Outside of Predator and Predator 2 (depending on who you ask, I personally find it to be quite fun) the series is very lacking and was in dire need of another really good film. Luckily that was the case with Dan Trachtenberg’s (10 Cloverfield Lane) Installment Prey, Prey takes the series back to it’s roots and brings everything back that people loved about the series in the first place. For starters Amber Midthunder was truly brilliant here and gives a breakout performance that completely captures the spirit the film is going for, the same can be said with the rest of the cast Dakota Beavers in particular does a really fantastic job. The film itself is visually stunning and the cinematography is captivating, one of the main criticisms I’ve had with the franchise is that a lot of the films visually don’t look very great. So it’s a breath of fresh air to see Prey take advantage of it’s setting and go all out with it. Especially when you combine it with the atmosphere that Dan Trachtenberg creates, like in 10 Cloverfield Lane the atmosphere here is horrifying and suspenseful it grabs the viewer’s attention and never let’s go. Everything that Trachtenberg did masterfully in 10 Cloverfield Lane is present here and it’s just as effective. The action scenes are well shot and the kills are quite brutal and a lot of fun as well, the combination of campy like feel of the kills with a serious tone actually works quite beautifully with the film. What’s very interesting about Prey is that it’s a franchise film that has the visuals and the character’s actions tell the story which is not something you see in a lot of franchise films. It’s truly fascinating and is pretty straightforward, overall Prey is the best film of the franchise since the first movie. Amber Midthunder is truly a star that I hope to see a lot more of and I’m excited to see what Dan Trachtenberg does next.

Prey is available on Hulu!

10/10 A+

Prey (2019)

Toby (Logan Miller) must survive an island retreat while a sinister force hunts him, leaving bodies in its wake. The only question I had after watching this movie was….”how the hell is Franck Khalfoun still finding work?” Yes that’s right the guy who directed arguably the worst horror movie of the decade Amityville Awakening is back! This might not be as bad but that is still not saying much. Prey has a simple premise which is completely fine that’s what actually got me into watching this movie in the first place. First off the acting is horrendous, It feels like everyone that walked on set didn’t give a crap. The movie also feels like a straight to DVD movie released in the early 2000s it feels so cheap and incredibly dull, the development on the island was terribly done and felt really rushed. The direction was the nail in the coffin for this movie, it’s some of the worst I’ve seen this year. Not once did I see one thing in this movie that felt slightly believable, I wasn’t going into this movie expecting Oscar worth scenes, but good god this is unacceptable, outside of a few moments that were so bad it’s hilarious. This movie really offers nothing new to the survival island genre, which is why it’s kind of hard for me to even talk about it! The only reason this got some recognition was because Blumhouse released it, do not be fooled stay away from this garbage.
1/10 F