Director: Dan Trachtenberg
Screenplay by: Patrick Aison, Dan Trachtenberg based on characters created by Jim Thomas, John Thomas
Starring: Amber Midthunder, Dakota Beavers and Dane DiLiegro
The Overview: Beware of spoilers…
The year is 1719. When a Comanche warrior is attacked by a mountain lion, Taabe (Beaver) leads a group of braves to attempt rescue. Naru (Midthunder), Taabe’s sister is allowed to join the men since she has been trained in healing herbs. They find the wounded warrior along with tracks of a unknown beast. The prints are big as a bear’s but different.
When the others return to their village, Naru stays behind to track the beast. She soon discovers that something new is in the forest. It is a Predator! Naru sees it kill a bear. The Predator is a hunter and humans are now the prey!
Prey is an excellent and worthy addition to the Predator franchise. The screenplay by Patrick Aison and Dan Trachtenberg avoids being preachy while at the same time is respectful of the Comanche culture with a female lead.
Dan Trachtenberg’s last film was 10 Cloverfield Lane, a sequel different from the original, yet fit perfectly into the franchise. Trachtenberg has captured lighting in a bottle, by again creating a sequel different from the original, yet a perfect franchise fit. I can see Prey serving as a springboard for future Predator movies set in different time periods. Imagine a Predator/samurai film, or a Predator/gladiator movie, or… well, you get the idea. I hope we don’t have to wait as long for Trachtenberg’s next feature.
Amber Midthunder excels in her role as Naru. She is able to effectively portray the range of emotions required as well as the athletic exploits of an action star. I look forward to seeing what Midthunder does next.
Prey is exciting and lives up to it’s potential. There were quite a few folks writing the film off even before the first scene was shot. I love that Prey turned out to be surprisingly good. Some even think it better than the original with Arnold Schwarzenegger. While I’m not in that camp, I did really like Prey and figure I may like it even more on subsequent viewings. For now…
Prey earns 4 of 5 stars.