Hulu’s PREY delivers a deliciously savage sequel to the Predator franchise. Check out the details in my parents guide movie review.
Hulu’s Prey is dropping on the streaming service this Friday, August 5th. The film is a worthy sequel to the Predator franchise, starring Amber Midthunder (Legion), who plays a Comanche girl trying to prove herself as a hunter. Set in the early 1700’s, this prequel, of sorts, delivers a fresh and new perspective on the space alien creature that terrorizes humans. Check out the details in my parents guide movie review.
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PREY Parents Guide
In Prey, A skilled Comanche warrior protects her tribe from a highly evolved alien predator that hunts humans for sport, fighting against wilderness, dangerous colonisers and this mysterious creature to keep her people safe.
PREY Age Appropriate Parents Guide
Let’s take a look at what parents need to know before letting their kids watch Prey.
Language: Prey is short on dialogue, but there is some profanity used. Lookout words include: sh*t, and d*mn.
Mature Content: The biggest concern for people in the film is the violent content it contains. Like the past Predator films, this one has blood, guts, and gore. Animals are shown being harmed. Examples include: a dog stuck in a trap; a snake shown eating a mouse; a buffalo being skinned; and animals being hunted with an ax. Guns are used in the film, mostly shot at the “Predator” creature, which is terrorizing and torturing characters. There is also a highly intense scene when a character falls into quicksand. And another, where a character is attacked and killed by a lion.
It is always a coin toss when it comes to sequels living up to the original film, and despite many attempts at trying, the Predator franchise has yet to deliver one. That is, up until now. Prey takes us back way into the past and tells the story of the alien creature audiences know well, yet set during the 1700’s, as it “preys” on the Comanche tribe. The best part about the film, other than the magnificent story it tells, is the authentic representation in it. Almost the entire cast is made up of Native American and First Nation actors, who are determined to deliver viewers with an authentic and genuine take on their heritage. The end result? Success!
Prey stars Amber Midthunder, best known for her role in Legion, and she is fierce in the role. She plays Naru, a female tribeswoman who wants to prove herself worthy as a hunter. Like Schwarzenegger’s Dutch in the original film, Midthunder is determined to find the weaknesses in the “predator” by studying his movements and fighting style. She is tough, relentless, and believable in her role. Playing the Predator in Prey is Dane DiLiegro, who absolutely nails the iconic role with his menacing portrayal of the creature.
As far as fight scenes go, Prey delivers brutal, bloody, and gory kills that never get boring, as each is done in a fresh and creative way. It does take a few beats to get into the action, as the story takes its time building the suspense and developing the characters. Cinematographer Jeff Cutter does a phenomenal job of highlighting the natural landscapes, representing the time by showcasing roaming buffalo and more. The film is visually stunning and, at times, almost seems like a nature documentary.
Once the plot begins to unfold and the action takes off, Prey will engulf viewers in the intensity of the story with bated breath. This “fresh new take” will undoubtably inject renewed interest into a franchise that has been flailing for years. I implore those that have possibly written it off after Predator 2 to give Prey a go and see for yourself. The idea of these creatures coming to Earth and other celestial worlds throughout time is not new, but it has not been so fully realized as it has been in this film. This opens up possibilities as to where the franchise will continue in the future. Here’s hoping for great success.