Parents' Guide to

Prey (2021)

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Shooter stalks men in woods; strong violence, language.

Movie NR 2021 87 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+


After watching this movie twice I still had to find the spoiler to understand the justification of what transpired and honestly the justification made no sense whatsoever. I’ve watched thousands of movies and I own thousands and I would not recommend this to anyone unless they just like chaos thrillers in the woods. That’s about all I can say without revealing the true “plot” of the movie and I use the word “plot” very loosely. This movie was not given the appropriate writing it needed to have become a 5 star movie. It could’ve been a blockbuster, instead it was a dud.
age 16+

Prey 2021 on Netflix

I’m 37 and my mom is 70 and we both enjoyed this movie ! Yes there is violence, some language a little nudity but overall, to see my mom jump on occasion was funny but we both had our hearts pumping because it was intense to get to know the background on why that crazied killer ends up being a woman and why she was killing everyone in sight including herself in the end because of her own daughter was mistakenly killed was unexpected and you don’t see that, that often. We thoroughly enjoyed this movie so for everyone who is giving these nasty reviews is completely wrong and disrespectful!!!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

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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