I have no idea what kind of weird process led the big-caliber Predator, Prey, to its exclusive debut. hollowof all places, but no matter where it is displayed, it has nothing to do with its quality.
This is a very cool movie. Prey is the best Predator movie since the original movie, and there have been many attempts to replicate the success of the first movie, from standalone features to confrontations against Xenomorphs.
The timeline here has taken a sharp turn, sending the series 300 years into the past as a single predator reached land to hunt any other predators. As he starts out small, snakes, wolves etc., he soon learns that the most dangerous game is human, naturally.
We are in America in the early 1700s, and the main focus of the story is Naru, a Comanche woman who wants to be a hunter rather than a gatherer, and her brother, Taabe, who is the pride of his tribe for his ability to slaughter anything in the wild. Danger lies nearby as French hunters begin harvesting game for skins, and only Naru seems to understand that a greater threat looms, the mysterious and invisible intergalactic stalker.
I can’t speak highly enough about the two original Prey cast premieres, Amber Midthunder and Dakota Beavers, as this must have been a star turn for both. They have some amount of presence and charisma in a movie that would easily have been terrible by all accounts, but between their performance, strong screenplay and director Dan Trachtenberg, they have created a new classic and a worthy entry into a series that has seemed to run out of steam for a few decades now.
Working here is top notch, brutal enough, and reminded me so much of Bone Tomahawk that I had to search and see if it was the same director (that was S. Craig Zahler, Trachtenberg 10 Cloverfield Lane did). It’s a fantastic watch that’s only an hour and forty minutes long, and it has probably one of the coolest versions of the Predator itself we’ve seen across these films, as well as its great human cast.
Is it better than the original? hard to say. It’s a classic, but nostalgia is doing some work here looking back, and I can’t say for sure because I haven’t seen an Arnold release in probably 15 years. But it’s cool, regardless, and features some fun nods to the original that fans will get to watch as they watch.
All the stars lined up to make Prey an exceptional movie, Hulu exclusive and all. This could have been a wild ride in theaters, but it’s still great at home, and I think a must-see for any action, sci-fi or, of course, fan of the Predator series. I’d like to see more from everyone involved in this, please.