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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No positive messages are present.
Positive Role Models
Roman seems kind and thoughtful. Vincent is decent but depicted as weak. Someone with a rifle shoots strangers who have done nothing to her.
Violence & Scariness
A person with a rifle shoots five hikers in the woods. Blood is seen. Someone is shot and killed in an irresponsible hunting accident. Someone deliberately jumps off a cliff to death. A man afraid of heights vomits. Friends punch each other.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A man and woman kiss. No body parts shown, but a picture of a woman suggests she just had sex with someone. A man admits he slept with his brother's fiancée.
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Frequent use of some language, including "f--k," "s--t," "c--t," "bastard," "damn," "ass," and "screw."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
References are made to drunken revelry and strippers the night before. Drunk people with rifles are caught on video.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Prey is an extremely violent 2021 German survival horror/thriller (in German with English subtitles) about five hikers who encounter an unknown shooter in the woods while they bicker about work and infidelity. A man and woman kiss. People are shot in limbs, chest, arm, and head, and we see the resulting blood. Someone is shot and killed in an irresponsible hunting accident. Someone deliberately jumps off a cliff to death. A man afraid of heights vomits. Friends punch each other. There's frequent use of profanity, including "f--k," "s--t," "c--t," "bastard," "damn," "ass," and "screw." References are made to drunken revelry and strippers the night before. Drunk people with rifles are caught on video. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
At one point in the ridiculous Prey, one hiker being stalked by a killer ventures, "Who says it has to make sense?" That seems to be the guiding motto of this film. For that reason, no amount of plot revelation can "spoil" this long, dull, pointless slog, as there's no payoff to even the most devoted and engrossed viewer. Those with the endurance to sit through the full 87 minutes may do best to forgo the horror music and simply turn the sound off, because the manipulative music adds nothing to the creakily manufactured tension. Our understanding of who these people are is limited to the content of speeches delivered by angry men accusing others of wrongdoing, which isn't the same as character development. Every time the hikers have the chance to make a sensible decision, they do the opposite. They abandon a car that could drive them to safety, they run off without supplies, they walk out in the open with a shooter following them, and they leave shelter and a telephone to run without a compass through the brush. A guy whose bandage shows bleeding in one scene has a spotless bandage a few scenes later. At one point, the shooter has everyone at gunpoint and lets them go. Why?
The other questions viewers may ask themselves as they try to stay interested in the events include: Will everyone get shot and die? What is the filmmaker doing to make us care? Will we learn who is doing the shooting? Will we learn why? Can any of the answers justify the numbing sameness of this narrative? Not only do we have no investment in the fate of these people, but what little we gradually do learn about them makes us less likely to care than when we knew nothing at all.
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