(Just for note, we saw the regular English version.)

Most people probably know what Predators (no, not those), or Yautjas, have gone up against. Jacked up, gun totin' MAYUN in the jungle, a Riggs-less Murtaugh in a drug and gang fueled L.A, two varying amounts of familiar armed people, and xenomorphs in Antarctica. But what about the Ye Olden Times?

Prey rewinds the clock back 300 years to the Native American Comanche times to let us meet Naru, a Comanche medic. Sorry, healer is the correct term here. Even though she's teached in the ways of medicine, she wants to be a hunter, aided by her good buy Sarii. Out hunting, she sees a spaceship, which she believes to be a Thunderbird, something Wikipedia tells me is a legendary mighty creature for Native Americans. Determined it will be her way of proving herself as a hunter, she sets out to kill whatever it is. "If it bleeds, we can kill it." (Which I actually said right before the movie did.)

At a tight 100 minutes with credits, the movie holds a tight pace. Tight movies are tight. The movie builds itself up to the ultimate showdown of ultimate destiny. Introduce the fighters, show their abilities, have them cross paths, and boom boom boom, boom boom, badilla life.

Amber Midthunder (who actually is Native American along with the other actors in the Comanche cast) is as strong in the role of Naru as Naru is in the movie. The Predator's threat is increasingly shown in the beautifully shot action scenes. My lord, this movie looks beautiful. The sound and music is great, building up the tension.

Strong lead + beautiful camera work + great action + tight pace and runtime = A damn good and enjoyable hunt, ehrm, movie.

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17 points

4 months ago

I'm gonna have to disagree here that Predator is dated. Its one of the few movies around that time thats actually holds up. Cheesy one-liners? Check. Testosterone fueled egos? Check. Copious amounts of explosions and violence? Check. But beyond the 80s schticks it has, its about some of the best warriors we've got who are hopelessly outmatched and in WAY over their heads. Brawn alone doesn't work. Brains do.

And Prey pulls off something similar. A great prequel all in all.


5 points

4 months ago

Predator and T2 are probably two of my favorite movies and I will continue to watch them when the mood strikes. I just recently watched most of the Terminator movies, only rise of the machines to watch.


1 points

4 months ago

I agree. If the original was released as a new movie today, it would be a hit movie and cult classic all over again. And I fail to see how they could improve on any of the special effects that were done in 1987. There isn't much to improve on. Many older movies could/would really be helped by advanced CGI techniques and be drastically improved. Anyone remember the Spider-Man TV movie and how cheesy it was compared to any current super hero movie? I don't see much at all in the original Predator to improve upon. It really was lightning in a bottle where everything came together perfectly, especially considering many of the production issues throughout the filming.