The 80’s gave us Predator, 2022 has delivered Prey, a prequel that sets out to change our knowledge of this fearsome action packed horror film.
Prey is streaming on Hulu and is a Predator prequel set in the Camanche Nation tribe back in the 1700’s. What we loved most about Prey was its unapologetically front and center leading lady. It’s not often a young female has the opportunity to lead an action film, let us tell you Amber Midthunder is a star. The plot follows Naru (Amber Midthunder) a skilled Comanche warrior who protects her tribe from a highly evolved alien predator that hunts humans for sport. She finds herself fighting against wilderness, dangerous colonisers and this mysterious creature to keep her people safe. The film has possibly the most insane bear fight scene we’ve ever seen. The bear scene is enough to check out the film if you’re a die-hard fan of action. Directed by Dan Trachtenberg the film is an accomplishment in cinematic action. Prey is a testament as proof that Hollywood today can make a socially conscious movie out of anything.
While the film did have some obvious plot holes and a main character who felt most often that she was actively trying to un-alive herself in her single minded pursuit of the Predator, we forgive it. The actors in Prey consist almost entirely of Native and First Nation’s talent, marking the film as a step forward in Indigenous casting. Visually, the movie is lush with vibrant green woods, mountain vistas and sunlit meadows panning out into expansive river and plains shots. From the cinematic shot choices you could almost…almost feel as if you’ve sat down to watch a historical coming of age about a young girl standing up to her tribe and becoming a fierce female warrior…except the horror is very craftily done as the action sets in.
At times Predator felt as if he was the Big Foot myth given life with tribe members tracking these giant prints across the Northern Plains of Canada. The ‘R’ rating most certainly comes from the Predator’s graphic ripping and destruction of animals he encounters. It’s a journey in discovering what drives the Predator to kill or leave be. The animal killings are so graphic, we had to close our eyes several times.
As far at this latest iteration of Predator goes, well it’s better than Alien vs. Predator. For this franchise, the story marks a slight improvement since its initial Arnold Schwarzenegger debut.