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nikki’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
“You bled my brother. So now you bleed. You think that I am not a hunter like you. That I am not a threat. That is what makes me dangerous. You can't see that I'm killing you. And it won't either.”
Prey is a 2022 American science fiction horror action film which revolves around Naru, a skilled Comanche warrior, protecting her tribe from a humanoid alien that hunts humans for sport, fighting against the wilderness and fur traders to keep her people safe.
Finally after some hiccups, I’ve gotten around to seeing Prey, the newest entry in the messy Predator franchise and this may be my current favourite entry.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the original but there’s something so simplistic and entertaining here, plus Naru may be the greatest protagonist of the series (alongside Sarii of course).
Dan Trachtenberg does a great job reinventing this worn franchise with a premise so simple it’s a crying shame he’s the first to try it — sticking the Yautja in a historical period.
The setting here lends itself to compelling looks at culture and without the high tech weaponry for both predator and prey, higher stakes all around.
Amber Midthunder is fantastic here, grounding her character with relatability but also bringing a level of badassery to hold her in the ranks with Ripley and Sarah Conner.
Seriously, the film is largely from her perspective and I was never bored, just completely invested in her journey.
I also love the Yautja redesign — its primitive and primal but also quite intimidating, a far cry from the shoddy looking Super Preddy.
The film similarly looks great, with gorgeous cinematography — it’s a crime that Disney didn’t allow this a theatrical run as along with the score, it would’ve played beautifully.
Overall, this was absolutely phenomenal and maybe even better than the original for me.