Prey parents guide

Prey Parent Guide

It's hard to find a good reason for this movie to exist.

Overall D

Hulu: An origin story of The Predator, set 300 years ago in the world of the Comanche Nation. Female warrior, Naru, fights to protect her tribe against aliens armed with technology they've never seen before.

Release date August 5, 2022

Violence D
Sexual Content A
Profanity C+
Substance Use A

Why is Prey rated R? The MPAA rated Prey R for strong bloody violence

Run Time: 99 minutes

Parent Movie Review

Although Naru (Amber Midthunder) is skilled and capable, her role in the Comanche Nation in the 1700s is limited to foraging and learning medicine. Her dreams of hunting and fighting seem destined to lead her nowhere, except into trouble, until she sees a strange light in the sky and finds bizarre tracks in the woods. The tracks are mixed with those of a mountain lion, leading the community’s hunters after it. But what Naru has found is far bigger and more dangerous than a mountain lion. All but invisible, able to kill silently from a distance, and gifted with thermal vision, what Naru has found is nothing short of the most dangerous predator Earth has ever seen…yet.

Now, while I love seeing a film with an almost exclusively indigenous cast, I’m struggling to come up with another good reason for this movie to exist. The fun of the original 1987 film (Predator, of which I am a huge fan) is, apart from Arnold Schwarzenegger yelling incomprehensibly into the jungle, in learning the Predator’s abilities and rulebook so our heroes can defeat him. It’s exciting because we as the audience don’t know much more about the alien than the heroes, and we get to figure it out with them. Thirty-five years after the original film, we all know who and what the Predator is. Watching a different cast figure it out just isn’t compelling.

Now, this isn’t a total rehash of the original, even if it does plod down the same gory path. There’s been a pretty substantial redesign of the Predator, particularly the iconic helmet/face mask, which does fit him into the 18th century a little more elegantly. I had a bigger issue with changes to his actual face, but that might just me being an 80s action purist. This just isn’t your dad’s Predator anymore.

Much like the original, this is not a film for children. Although this installment in the franchise avoids some of the sexual innuendo and profanity, it is just as bloody. People and animals have their heads (with spine still attached, thank you very much) torn clean off their bodies, and are shot with arrows and darts, stabbed, dismembered, and skinned. Standard Predator behaviour though this may be, it’s still not kid friendly.

This really is just Predator trying to be The Revenant (including a big CGI bear fight) and while it doesn’t really work, it doesn’t clash as terribly as you might expect. The film doesn’t bring much to the franchise, but it isn’t unbearable, and if you’re of age and a fan of the dreadlocked alien, this might qualify as a fun diversion. If you’re new to the franchise, I’d recommend going back to the original. If nothing else, how many other big action movies feature not one but two future US state governors?

Directed by Dan Trachtenberg. Starring Amber Midthunder, Dane DiLiegro, and Harlan Blayne Kytwayhat. Running time: 99 minutes. Theatrical release August 5, 2022. Updated

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Rating & Content Info

Why is Prey rated R? Prey is rated R by the MPAA for strong bloody violence

Violence: Humans and animals are cut, stabbed, beaten, bit, caught in traps, shot with arrows, bullets, and metal darts, skinned, and dismembered. A severed animal head is skeletonized with acid. A character is trapped in a shrinking net which cuts him into small pieces as it contracts.
Sexual Content: None.
Profanity: There is one use of scatological profanity in English and another in French. There may be more curses in French and Comanche, but the subtitles didn’t translate so I couldn’t tell you.
Alcohol / Drug Use: None.

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Prey Parents' Guide

Why do you think this prequel was set in an indigenous community? Do you think it’s meant to offer some commentary on historical events or do you think it’s straight up action?  If you were going to set an action/horror movie in a historical period, which would you choose?

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Other films in the Predator franchise include Predator, Predator 2, Predators, The Predator, Alien vs. Predator, and Alien vs. Predator: Requiem. This film borrows some elements from The Revenant. Other dangerous alien creature features include Alien (of course), Sputnik, Life, The Thing, and also from director Dan Trachtenberg, 10 Cloverfield Lane.