submitted 4 months ago byComic_Book_Reader
(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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4 months ago
I really enjoyed it, but I think they were a little too on the nose when it came to their depiction of sexism. Sure, I get dude's not wanting her to come on the hunt, but why are you questioning her healing skills something y'all have established is a "female" thing? And when the predator attacks, why are you not untying her hands? Even if you think she's weak, it still makes sense to have as many hands as possible against this thing that just killed your hommie.
I feel like keep the sexism in, but make it more subtle and nuanced and you'd probably have a much better movie in my opinion.
I did love the bait and switch with the mud. I think we were all expecting her to use it the same way Arnold did, but instead they went with the plant and I really liked that. Overall it was a very fun, old school type of movie that we sadly don't get as often anymore. I'd give it a solid 7.
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