After 35 years and 6 more and more mediocre films, the “Predator” franchise has lengthy since exhausted its concepts and doubtless its viewers. Nonetheless right here comes Dan Trachtenberg’s “Prey,” a sort-of prequel and an tried CPR of a monster who nonetheless sports activities the acquainted dreadlocks, however whose flaring oral cavity is generally denied the lingering, fleshy close-ups we’ve come to like. Perhaps this time the studio fits balked at stated orifice’s blatant invocation of a vagina dentata.
At any charge, this Predator (performed with gusto by the previous skilled basketball participant Dane DiLiegro) stays, for a irritating size of time, a diaphanous blur. Dropped out of a spaceship within the Northern Nice Plains in 1719, the beast proceeds to analysis the native wildlife. Paying attention to the bloody stays, Naru (Amber Midthunder), a younger Comanche girl, and her brother (Dakota Beavers) decide to trace the perpetrator. Fatherless and fearless, Naru needs nothing greater than to turn out to be a revered warrior. Let the opposite ladies do the gathering; Naru is all concerning the looking.
But regardless of a female-empowerment theme and an adversary pretty bristling with fancy weaponry, “Prey” by no means builds a head of steam. Jeff Cutter’s gorgeously verdant landscapes glide languidly previous, and Midthunder (whose nice performances have too typically been buried in forgettable initiatives) is gutsy and recreation. However pitting Naru towards a collection of pop-up threats — an enraged bear, lethal quicksand, skeevy French fur trappers — is barely a plot. Even in the event you embrace the seven-foot house alien.
Boasting a forged drawn virtually completely from Native American and First Nations actors, “Prey” is painstakingly attentive to the authenticity of its Indigenous setting. Related consideration to the script wouldn’t have gone amiss.
Rated R for flesh-eating rats, rapacious Frenchmen and a thingy from outer house. Working time: 1 hour 39 minutes. Watch on Hulu.