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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Positive Role Models
Naru is a young Comanche woman in 1719 skilled with weapons and fighting who stands up to the boys and men who try to relegate her to traditional gender roles. She proves her skill and bravery while fighting the Predator.
Predator origin story set in 1719 among the Comanche. Explores rite of passage kütaamia, in which young warriors fight predators in the woods. Positive depictions of Indigenous people and women.
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Violence & Scariness
Bloody and gory action-horror monster violence. Brutal deaths: spikes through skull, arrow in eye, slices across chest with knife, character gravely injured by a tiger (deep, bloody claw marks), arms cut off, decapitation. Rifle butt to head. Fighting with punches, kicks, biting. Animal attacks: tigers, snakes. Lead character steps in bear trap. Dog steps in bear trap. Peril: trapped in quicksand.
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"S--t" said in French by fur traders.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Prey is a 2022 action-horror movie in which Comanche warriors do battle against an alien predator. This is a Predator prequel, and there are many moments of strong violence throughout. Characters die in bloody and gory ways, including spikes through the skull, arrows to eyes, decapitation, sliced chests. Characters are mauled by tigers, and there are other animal attacks. The lead character and a dog both step on bear traps at different points in the movie. Peril includes being trapped in quicksand. "S--t" is said in French by fur traders. The movie is set in 1719 among the Comanche, and the lead character is a strong role model: a young woman who proves her worth time and time again even as she puts up with the expected bullying and insults from the boys and men around her who would prefer that she stay with the other women and learn to cook. The movie is centered on Indigenous people, and characters are fully developed, free of the stereotyping that characterizes decades of depictions of Native Americans in movies. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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