Published August 7, 2022


Film info

  • Title Prey
  • Director Dan Trachtenberg
  • Year 2022
  • Run time 1hr 40m
  • Genres Science-Fiction, Action, Thriller
  • Tagline They hunt to live. It lives to hunt.

Set in the Comanche Nation 300 years ago, this is the story of Naru, a fierce and highly skiller warrior, raised in the shadow of legendary hunters who roam the Great Plains. When danger threatens her camp, she sets out to protect her people. The prey she stalks: a highly evolved alien predator with a technically advanced arsenal.

Live blog

Time Comment
2:31 Are they growing sweet potatoes? Not tried that yet.
9:14 “Not every smart creature is easy to train.”
15:14 Always impressed by people who can move quietly in a forest. I’m like a baby elephant.
23:45 The fight with the lion really didn’t go well.
28:45 Being woken up with a kick every morning would drive me crazy.
33:32 Boomerang axe.
41:07 I was sure her being covered in mud was going to be a handy coincidence, but no, just a terrifying sequence.
48:21 “You need a leash for your weapon?” Don’t diss the boomerang axe.
53:28 Pretttty horrific deaths, those.
1:04:04 OMG the net. That’s like the Resident Evil laser scene that still lives with me to this day.
1:06:27 “I’m smarter than the beaver.”
1:16:04 “Not too much, not too little” is pretty useless instruction if you ask me.
1:28:37 She’s so smart, incredible.


This was such a good film. We’ve not done all the Predator series and certainly haven’t dipped into the Alien versus Predator situation, but as this was a prequel, it seemed okay to give it a whirl out of sequence. I’m glad we did, it was great. The film was absolutely stripped back to the bare essentials and stacked full of tension from start to finish.

Amber Midthunder was fantastic in the lead role, easily holding the screen and showing off great warrior skills without being infallible. It was really interesting to see the juxtaposition between the native hunters from 300 years ago, and the advanced technology of the alien invader. It was so good.

The only reason it’s not a full score of 5/5 is because the violence was just a bit too much in places. When you have to spend significant time covering your eyes it does detract slightly from the enjoyment. Small complaint though for a fantastic film.

Rating: 4 / 5

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