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Parents' Guide to

Prey (2022)

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Engaging series prequel has gory, bloody violence.

Movie R 2022 99 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 18+

Lots of gore

There is a lot of gore in it. A wolf gets his stomach ripped out with tons of gore. Definitely not for children.
age 12+

Suspenseful and gory with a great story.

Although gory and suspenseful, the story is top notch, and has great representation. A lot of the gore you'll see will be from the alien itself, as it gets sliced up and shot through the head in the course of the climax, although it does messily kill several people. The swearing is so infrequent I honestly don't remember it, and I only watched the movie a month ago. Great for kids and tweens who aren't bothered too much by scary action movies, and it's a fantastic conversation starter about native culture.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (18 ):

This is a surprisingly good entry in the Predator franchise. Prey not only breathes new life into a movie series that seemed beyond played out by the inevitable shark-jumping fare of Alien vs. Predator, but also points to exciting new possibilities. This movie is, essentially, the Predator movie, only here pitting the titular villain against Comanche warriors in the early 18th century. Considering the franchise's spotty-at-best track record, cynics can be excused for thinking this would be little more than a gimmick, but the terrific acting, story, and nonstop action make it a solid action movie.

As lead character Naru, Amber Midthunder turns in a strong performance as a young warrior eager to prove herself and improve as a hunter while enduring the inevitable sexist digs and a mysterious, invisible, all-powerful hunter that's wreaking some fatal havoc in the woods. What sets this apart from so many other action movies is that it finds that effective balance between story and action. The two work perfectly together, which is no easy task.

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