"Exciting and Beautifully Filmed, with a Bloody Ending"
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PREY is incredibly well filmed and edited. The action is intense. The movie’s main drawback is the bloody violence in the third act, where the Predator alien kills many Comanche Indians and many French fur trappers. PREY also has four obscenities, two of which are in French. In addition, there’s a feminist subtext to Naru’s desire to hunt with the young men. However, PREY stresses courage, empathy and sacrifice above all. That said, extreme caution is advised because of the movie’s bloody, intense violence.
PREY is a science fiction movie on Hulu where a group of Comanche Indian warriors on the American Plains in 1719, led by a hunter and his sister, battles an alien hunter equipped with futuristic technology. PREY is an incredibly well-made, exciting adventure, but the fighting between the humans and the alien at the end is bloody and violent, so extreme caution is advised.
Part of the Predator franchise, the movie focuses on Naru and her brother, Taabe, members of a Comanche tribe living on the American Plains in 1719. They speak both Comanche and English. Naru wants to join the young men on their hunts, but the men laugh at her hunting skills. Her brother, Taabe, is sympathetic, but he doubts she’s up to the task. So, Naru practices even more. Her dog, Sarii, is a constant companion.
Meanwhile, a spaceship drops off an alien Predator hunter in the nearby foothills. The Predator engages his cloaking device and stalks off down the mountainside.
That same say, a mountain lion drags off one of the Comanche hunters. The other hunters search for their friend. Naru wants to go along with them. The other men say no, but her brother reminds them that Naru is a good tracker and knows medicine. Ass night starts to fall, they find their injured companion, and Naru applies the herbal medicine skills her mother taught her.
Taabe wants to continue hunting the lion. Naru wants to go with him, but Taabe orders her to go with the men taking the injured man back to their village. Naru warns her brother that something must have scared the lion away, or else their friend would be dead.
On the way back to the village, Naru finds a dead rattlesnake that’s been skinned by the Predator. The men think it was a bear, but the tracks around the snake suggest something that walks on two legs. So, Naru and another man go to warn Taabe.
After reaching Taabe, Naru suggest they bait the lion and wait to attack it from the trees. However, while Naru and the other Comanche brave wait on one tree limb, the lion grabs the brave and appears right next to Naru. A strange noise, apparently coming from the yet unknown Predator, distracts Naru, and she loses her balance and falls.
Naru wakes up in the village and learns that Taabe brought her home and went back out for the lion. Taabe soon returns with the carcass of the lion. Because of Taabe’s bravery, the chief picks Taabe as War Chief. However, during the tribe’s celebration, Naru tells Taabe they must go back out, beyond the ridgeline, and kill the thing that scared the lion and killed the snake. Taabe reminds her that he’s the one who killed the mountain lion and that he had to carry her back to the village. “I can hunt,” Naru says. “You tried,” Taabe replies, “but you couldn’t bring it home.”
The next morning, Naru and her dog go to hunt the Predator. She returns to the place where they found the injured brave. She uses a stick to measure the Predator’s footprint and finds a small splash of the alien’s green blood.
Nearby, the Predator uses his infrared device to watch a wolf run after a rabbit. The alien confronts the wolf, kills it, guts it, and celebrates his kill.
Meanwhile, Naru and her dog continue to track the Predator. By the next day, the Predator hears the dog barking, so he starts tracking them.
Eventually, the Predator attacks Naru and a group of Comanche braves sent by her brother to take Naru back to the village. Then, Naru and her brother are kidnapped by a group of French fur trappers, who use them as bait to attract the Predator. A huge battle ensues.
PREY is incredibly well filmed and edited. The natural environment of the Comanche village is beautifully photographed, and the action is intense. In addition to fighting the alien, Naru gets trapped in a bog and encounters an angry bear as well as the mountain lion.
The movie’s main drawback is the bloody violence in the third act, where the Predator alien kills many Comanche Indians and many French fur trappers. PREY also has four obscenities, two of which are in French. In addition, there’s a feminist subtext to Naru’s desire to hunt with the young men. When her mother asks her why must she hunt, Naru replies that she must because everyone tells her she can’t. On the positive side, however, PREY stresses courage and sacrifice throughout its story. That said, extreme caution is advised because of the movie’s bloody, intense violence.
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