The Predator series goes back in time, combining the revisionist West with a bloody monster movie

“Prey” opens at a slow, reflexive speed. There was explosive action while Naru was hunting, but there were also long pauses. Here, Trachtenberg and cinematographer Jeff Cutter made great use of filming on location. The camera is usually positioned low, allowing the wide open sky and vast plains to stretch, repeating. Naru wakes up in the morning to see beautiful sunrises that cast a strange shadow over everything. She spanned mountains and moved over tall grass, silent but focused. The landscape really does seem like a time and place that has long since passed, and the long photos of nature and reflective moods are sure to get some thoughts on Terrence Malick (I am Not By the way “Prey” is like a Malick movie. But I know that the connection will be made). The wide shots of the unspoiled landscape are always stunning, and it’s a shame that this movie has been relegated to the streaming world instead of being shown on the biggest, widest screen possible.

And then, all at once, an alien monster appeared. This may sound jarring, but it’s really like the formula of the first movie: what begins as a story suddenly, and violently, changes into something else. Because there’s a Predator lurking around, and because we’re back in the past, this Predator isn’t as high-tech as its future counterparts. The alien creature clearly has more advanced weapons than the Comanche, but it’s not quite there yet. Instead of wearing a polished metal mask, this Predator’s mask is shaped from the skulls of some unknown creature. And while the now-familiar Predator laser sighting is still here, Predator didn’t fire a laser from his gun – he fired deadly projectile darts. Some of this may sound silly, but this is an inherently silly series, and I found the rustic Predator weapons quite charming, in a creepy way.

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