“Prey” is a brutal blast from start to finish.

The Predator franchise is brought back to life with its thrilling prequel, Prey. Set in the Great Plains during the 1700’s, a young Comanche hunter, Naru (Amber Midthunder), sets out to protect her people from an unknown danger, only to discover it is a highly evolved alien predator.

I admit, it has been a while since I’ve come in contact with the Predator franchise. However, it doesn’t take a total fan or even a first timer to enjoy this film.

Rooted in Native American culture, Prey mixes the primitive brutality of the wilderness with traditional science fiction thematics, resulting in a captivating underdog narrative with a strong-willed heroine. Prey is the ultimate survival story, full of tension and vicious action. But even in the midsts of this epic showdown, there is notable character development — something SO many action film fail to include.

Naru’s sheer determination and ferocity to prove to herself and her community as a warrior, makes the film so much more enjoyable. She is a smart, courageous, caring, and BAD ASS heroine truly WORTH rooting for. Plus, her dog is amazing and DOES NOT DIE. So that’s a win in my book.

In all seriousness, creating Prey was a risky move on director, Dan Trachtenberg. But it totally paid off to be one of the most thrilling films I’ve seen this year.

Final Thoughts: Grisly, gorgeously shot and exhilarating from start to finish, don’t skip out on Prey.

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