“Prey” (Hulu) Movie Review by Rafy Mediavilla (@Rmediavilla). #PreyMovie #Hulu
Set in the Comanche Nation 300 years ago, “Prey” is the story of a young woman, Naru, a fierce and highly skilled warrior. She 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.
“Prey” is a prequel/origin story to the Predator movie, and arguably the best predator movie since the release of the first movie. We can compare one with the other story wise since both share relatively the same script. While in the original Predator modern weapon technology was used to defeat the predator in this one the native must use, they’re primitive and underpower surroundings to defeat this highly skilled powerful alien being.
Much like their first one the movie is full of action-packed gory scenes something that a lot of fans franchise will come to enjoy. While I did have a problem with the pacing as action scenes came and go constantly. when you finally get to action scene, you can help it but cover your mouth with what you’re about to see from the excitement and the adrenaline rush you get from these scenes.
The cinematography of the movie is also plus. Director Dan Trachtenberg did an amazing job and making sure we understand the surroundings of the natives and what they had to do to survive when coming up against this alien being. You felt that tension when it was needed, as if you were right there with the natives. all the all the expected factors that define the predator are extremely present why at the same time taking a fresh approach for the franchise.
Regarding the performances I had to look no further than the actors that played Naru, Amber Midthunder stole the show. You could see the fear her eyes when standing toe to toe with the alien being, but at the same time you can also see her determination on defeating this alien being. as we usually say she understood the assignment with her role, and her performance in this movie.
In the end “Prey” is not trying to reinvent the wheel with the predator franchise. it took what it was already present that made the Predator I must see movie, with the action scenes, the gory fights by just placing the alien being in a different time space, something that I’m pretty sure will a welcome change by many fans of the franchise.