Director: Dan Trachtenberg
With the recent announcement that the direct-to-Hulu film, Prey (2022), was coming soon to BluRay and 4K, I wanted to re-evaluate how much I liked the movie, which I had a fondness for on a first viewing.
On a second viewing, I liked it even more. There's nothing in the film I thought didn't work. Lovely stuff. You can't have this movie without prior Predator films, but it exists as maybe as an exercise in merging more filmic elements with the action film and one enhances the other. As an 80's-kid, Predator stands tall in my mind alongside Aliens as the merging of sci-fi and high-octane action.
I'd refer to my first post on the film for a lot of the nuts and bolts of what I thought about the movie. I won't say that changed much since (checks link) last August. After a year away, and not watching a movie just to follow it, I want to add additional respect for the cinematography in this movie, the overall acting of the cast, and the soundtrack - which is quite good.
But, really, it's insane that Amber Midthunder is not slated for a million more things immediately. She's so fucking good in this, acting more than half the movie against a dog or by herself, and delivering the character in understandable, definitive terms. When she is with other actors, every bit of it works - and that's a testament to director Dan Trachtenberg and the mostly unknown cast pulled together for the movie. Anyway, I'm now officially a fan.
There's plenty to say about the story and structure of the film that makes it inherently more interesting than a lot of similar films, from the movie's underdog of a hero to the multitude of threats present in the movie. But I am sure you can fill in those blanks yourseld.
Anyway - I can currently see the film any time I want on Hulu, so the purchase of a disc may not be in my immediate future, but I'll also be keeping my eye open to see what bonus features get included. I don't think I did a 2022 movie wrap-up, but it was certainly one of my favorites from last year, and a review tells me that opinion has only doubled-down.