Prey (2019) Movie Review



Director: Franck Khalfoun

Writer: Franck Khalfoun, David Coggeshall (Screenplay)

Starring: Logan Miller, Kristine Froseth, Jolene Anderson, Jerrica Lai, Phodise Dintwe, Anthony Jensen

Plot: A young man must survive an island retreat while a sinister force hunts him, leaving bodies in its wake.

Tagline – Don’t close your eyes.

Runtime: 1 Hour 25 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Prey starts when Toby Burns (Miller) is living in the shadow of his father death, with a therapy idea for him to go on a survivor holiday, one where he gets to learn the basics of surviving, with the final 3 days of this trip involving him being alone on a desert island in the ocean of Malaysia.

Being completely helpless on the island, Toby ends up running unto Madeleine (Froseth) who has been living on the island, knowing how to survive the island, willing to show Toby the safety he needs to make it through his time on the island.

Thoughts on Prey

Characters & Performances – Toby is recovering from the trauma of seeing his father killed, being sent on a survival getaway to build his skills and confidence, one that will see him left alone on a remote deserted island where he must fend for himself, only to find himself coming up against a deadly predator, who has been waiting for the hunt. Logan Miller does struggle to make a big impact in this film, it is just hard to ever see him as a sympathetic lead character. Madeleine is the young woman Toby meets on the island, who offers to help him survive, as long he follows the rules she puts in place, she has been here for her whole life, making her not used to meeting strangers. Kristine Froseth does bring the mysterious woman to life with ease, being the most interesting side of the characters. We don’t get to meet many more characters in the film, with most being used for the certain moments to fill in blanks.

StoryThe story here follows a young man that is trying to recover from a trauma that will go on a remote island getaway to build character, only to meet a strange young woman that will add a big mystery about the island he has been placed on. This does have a good idea on trying to help build character, even if the location being placed does feel too random. The mystery on the island is interesting, but does struggle to give us the full impact as to what is happening. The story will leave you with more questions than answers which can come off disappointing more than anything. This does end up feeling like a story that had a couple more chapters to make everything click together.

ThemesPrey is a survival horror set on a remote desert island where a young man must learn to adapt to for a survival getaway. The island is filled with mystery, with different environments being used to contain the action involved on the island, while the special effects used for the horror, don’t leave much to the imagination, easily being the weakest part of the film.

Signature Entertainment presents Prey on Amazon Prime Video 9th July

Final ThoughtsPrey is a film that has the potential to be great, only to fall short with the big impact moments.

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