Back On The Hunt
Tripwire’s editor-in-chief Joel Meadows takes a look at Hulu’s reboot of the Predator franchise, Prey, available to stream now…
Director: Dan Trachtenberg
Stars: Amber Midthunder, Dakota Beavers, Dane DiLiegro
The Predator franchise like the Aliens one has had a rather chequered history. Debuting back in 1987 with the first film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger fighting them in the jungle, it spawned a number of sequels as recently as The Predator in 2018. Fox never quite seemed to know what to do with the cool-looking alien hunters. Now we have Prey, a Hulu produced film set in 18th century America with the Predator facing off against Native Americans.
Fox is now Twentieth Century Studios, a part of the ever-acquisitive Disney film and TV empire.
Director Trachtenberg has a decent pedigree in genre as he also helmed 10 Cloverfield Lane, the strongest of Abrams’ Cloverfield franchise.
The last two Predator films have been very weak with a poor script and unimpressive plots. So there is a little bit riding on this to see if the filmmakers could resurrect a flailing franchise.
Midthunder plays Neru, a female Comanche hunter who comes into contact with a predator who crashes in their land in 18th century America. So we have a cat and mouse game between her and the alien hunter. Her brother Taabe, played by Dakota Beavers, is higher up the chain in the tribe but it is Neru who proves herself to be the more effective figure here.
Trachtenberg uses the scenery here to very good effect and Prey looks very cinematic on the big screen. Clocking in at just 100 minutes, Prey is a lean action sci fi movie which never outstays its welcome. Midthunder is pretty solid as the lead here, offering an interesting female protagonist, and the rest of the cast offer very able support.
Prey does go quite a long way to restoring the damage done by two rather sub par sequels before it. It is getting a limited cinema release and it does look pretty decent on the big screen with Trachtenberg utilising the settings with style and panache.
Hopefully Prey will reignite interest in the character as it proves that this approach can work.
This is a fairly well-made, enjoyable entry in the Predator franchise, an entertaining sci-fi action adventure, which hopefully enough people will get to see so it will help to resurrect the series. Prey is the most enjoyable Predator film since Arnie took them on back in 1987.
Check out the film’s trailer here
Back On The Hunt Tripwire’s editor-in-chief Joel Meadows takes a look at Hulu’s reboot of the Predator franchise, Prey, available to stream now… Prey Director: Dan Trachtenberg Stars: Amber Midthunder, Dakota Beavers, Dane DiLiegro The Predator franchise like the Aliens one has had a rather chequered history. Debuting back in 1987 with the first film
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