First off, don’t worry- no spoilers to be found here. Just a few sentence summary of the plot.
That said, some of us here at The Pit watched Prey last night, the newest installment in the Predator franchise. We went in to it with pretty low expectations frankly. The 2018 reboot was a bit lackluster, especially in comparison to 2010’s great Predators.
Predators had the grit and darkness that felt truer to the original, right down to the obviously important jungle/wilderness setting. The Predator character always looks a bit silly in any other setting, although we do enjoy us some Predator 2. We also were a bit wary of ‘Prey’s’ prequel premise, which takes place hundreds of years before the first Predator movie, way back in the 1700’s. Per the film’s Wikipedia page, here’s the official plot summary:
“Set in the Comanche Nation 300 years ago, the film follows a young woman, Naru, a fierce and highly skilled warrior who has been raised in the shadow of some of the most legendary hunters who roam the Great Plains. So when danger threatens her camp, she sets out to protect her people. The prey she stalks, and ultimately confronts, turns out to be a highly evolved alien predator with a technically advanced arsenal, resulting in a vicious and terrifying showdown between the two adversaries.”
All that said, we loved Prey. Lead actress Amber Midthunder was fantastic, it was beautifully shot, the kills were sick, and the action and intensity never let up once it got started.
Now, despite our two thumbs up for Prey, one glaring issue remains. Hollywood- how the hell can you make a movie as inherently metal as Prey and not have any metal music incorporated into the film? Come on. No brainer. Someone attempted to fix that with a sonic upgrade to one of the earlier released movie trailers. Check that out below.