Touchdown instantly on Hulu (a alternative that seemingly speaks to the movie’s perceived theatrical prospects), this newest entry in a collection that hasn’t been notably memorable because the first film proves small-boned by the style’s requirements, dropping the hulking killer in Comanche territory 300 years in the past, the place its trophies initially embody loads of the native fauna.
The thrills do not look low-cost, precisely, however the entire thing feels a bit cheaper, as if this have been the pilot for an anthology collection titled “Tales of the Predator,” charting periodic visits by historical past.
“A long time ago, it is said, a monster came here,” the film says at the beginning, earlier than introducing Naru (Amber Midthunder), a younger feminine warrior who needs to be taken critically as a hunter as a result of, she says, “you all think that I can’t.”
Naru quickly will get the check of a number of lifetimes, recognizing that the alien (performed by Dane DiLiegro, a 6’9″ former basketball player) isn’t an animal but something different, while also learning its strengths, weaknesses and the peculiar game that it plays in terms of who and what it chooses to kill.
When it comes to battling Predators, brains tend to trump brawn. Nevertheless, using spears and (thanks to French traders) the occasional musket in this struggle seems like an even more gargantuan task than the mano-a-alien fight that Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Dutch orchestrated 35 years ago, and he had the advantage of explosives and being able to hoist tree trunks.
“Prey” works best in the context of an old-fashioned B horror movie, dropping a monster in a (very) remote locale, where almost no one can hear you scream.
“Prey” premieres Aug. 5 on Hulu. It is rated R.