Prey review: Predator prequel doesn’t quite do enough to rescue the franchise

Metal Hammer

Predator was one of those once-in-a-generation movies that gets everything right. What should have been another mindless Schwarzenegger popcorn flick in the ’80s’ endless canon of mindless Schwarzenegger popcorn flick ended up being a masterpiece that ticked all the action and horror boxes at once. It’s got instantly quotable one-liners, expertly paced suspense, a memorable score and an iconic villain.

Naturally, over the decades since, directors have lined up to try and replicate the brilliance (and box office) of the 1987 classic. All have failed, ranging from the OK-if-uninspiring Predators to the crime against humanity that is Shane Black’s The Predator. Now, it’s Dan Trachtenberg’s turn to assume the chair and, with a CV that includes 10 Cloverfield Lane and episodes of Black Mirror, he should be the ideal pick for resurrecting the tension of the original.


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