Ever since the 1987 classic Predator hit theaters people have tried to recreate the formula that made that first film so arresting. But no Predator movie has come close to its greatness…until PREY.
Prey, a prequel set in the 1700s and featuring a predominantly Indigenous-American cast, is a shockingly good attempt at recreating the edge-of-your-seat goodness of that first film but for a modern audience. Amber Midthunder is a gripping heroine whose teenage angst is something that makes her relatable as she tries to prove that she’s a great hunter to her brother and tribe. But the star of this film is the director, Dan Trachtenberg.
I’ve seen his previous work with 10 Cloverfield Lane, a film that drives meaning to the term “psychological thriller.” It had me on the edge of my seat all the way until the very end with a conclusion that still has me in total shock so it’s no surprise he knows how to tell a good sci-fi thriller. He also understands how to make heroines not only relatable but easy to root for.
His work on the film was sublime as he truly transports us into the past with the Comanches along The Great Plains. There were times when I was transfixed by the movie’s beauty, that’s how good it looked.
While Prey is not a story that is particularly original it is a well-made film with a lack of plot holes that I deeply appreciated. When the film concluded I understood why it garnered its impressive Rotten Tomatoes score (93%.) This movie will not only entertain audiences but it proves once again that the world is ready for stories featuring women and POC in leading roles.
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Hello everyone. My name is Annlyel James. I’m a young woman who loves movies of all genres (specifically ‘Star Wars’ and Marvel movies.) I am also a Senior Correspondent for The Future of the Force.