The origin story of the Predator in the world of the Comanche Nation 300 years ago. Naru, a skilled female warrior, fights to protect her tribe against one of the first highly-evolved Predators to land on Earth.
This is indeed the weirdest movie in an already weird franchise. The Predator movies have never been the absolute box office hits but always been in the second row of Hollywood action spectacles. Still they are on everybody’s mind. We know them. They are neither horror, scifi, nor alien movies. As shown pretty obviously in this latest installment.
The monster/hunter/alien, his abilities and modus operandi are well-known. Also his motivation, which is a rather weak one: You see for the predators this is but a hunting safari on godforsaken strange planets, where they seek out their prey. It’s a bit like like spoiled rotten American lawyers are driven on a African game farm where their trophy lion is presented to them on a silver platter. All they gotta do is pulling the trigger.
Ok, compared to that the predators give their victims a fighting chance, albeit a small one. Then they go on, killing their prey with vastly superior technology and a handy stealth mode. So in this movie a bunch of French trappers/bullies in 1719 are no match for the predator.
But maybe an even more primitive hunting party of comanche indians? Not really, no. But maybe the erroneous little girl which kinda sneeked her way into the hunting party?
Bingo! Naru (Amber Midthunder) and her brother Taabe (Dakota Beavers) are indeed capable of almost killing the superior professional trophy hunting predator (Dane DiLiegro). Taabe is getting himself killed so the final honour falls to Naru. Convenient, innit?
Yes, it’s all a bit weird and completely unrealistic. But at least does Naru miss the Mary Sue trap at hairwith but falls victim to a woke screenplay and more or less only takes care of the predator killing himself in Naru’s smart trap. \o/ YAY! for
human female intelligence! \o/
CONCLUSION: A silly flick. Even in this basically silly franchise. It fails to tick any boxes but still I found it well worthy of spending 1.5 hours of my not so valuable time with it. I’m a fan of technically good filmmaking, and since the director Dan Trachtenberg and DP Jeff Cutter created a visually and atmospherically tight movie, that appeared at times like a anthrophologial documentary and was filmed in original locations in the great northern plains in Canada. Also all the Indians were real and there exists a full Comanche language version somewhere. But then the 21th century slang and diction of the young cast contradicts all the attempts for authenticity. And the wokeness killed it! 😦
So in the end Prey is a mixed bag.