In 1719, a Comanche warrior attempts to prove her skill
to her tribe by defeating a dangerous intergalactic hunter.
Directed by Dan Trachtenberg
Written by Patrick Aison
Starring Amber Midthunder, Dakota Beavers, Dane DiLiegro, Stormee Kipp, Michelle Thrush, Julian Black Antelope
Prequel to 1987's Predator
Prey breathes much-needed new life into the Predator franchise, delivering a strong, focused story 300 years before the events of the first film. We get to see the first Predator to hunt on Earth, and the challenges that the creature faced on its initial hunt during the time of early European settlement in North America. Not only is this movie awesome, but it opens the doors for so many other potentially great Predator adventures in other points in history. Now that we've seen the hunter battle the Comanche, why not the Vikings. Or the Romans. Or the Celts. There are great warriors through all of mankind's history.
Our heroine is Naru (Midthunder), a young Comanche hunter who has to prove herself to her tribal leader brother Taabe (Beavers) and the rest of the male-dominant tribe who don't believe in her. At the same time, a Predator (DiLiegro) arrives in the forest to hunt dangerous game like snakes, bears, and humans. Soon, Naru and the Predator engage in a cat-and-mouse game through the Comanche territory, including a run-in with some French colonists that ends in a bloody and unforgettable scene. There's even a surprising nod to Predator 2, which I'm sure other longtime fans of the franchise will appreciate.
Prey trims the fat of this franchise, providing a lean "predator vs. predator" adventure in a way we haven't gotten since the first film. The fight choreography is incredible, the design of the Predator looks insanely barbaric and monstrous, and the character development is spot-on, making every big moment feel earned. I want this movie to succeed so much because I want more.