review of the new Predator on Disney +

Ready to wear

It doesn’t matter if he is the director of the very famous 10 Cloverfield Lanebut also from the pilot of the series The Boys, the controls. The sight of Mickey putting his opportunistically filthy paws on a worshiped monster makes your teeth gnash. Despite some good surprises, we know how much the multinational likes the vast universes, nostalgic cliffhangers and any other process that changes the unique works in which it claims the rights to soap operas. what exactly predators must stay away.

Other than that preywhich was previously known as the production title Skullsin fact a long-running Fox-sponsored project regardless of its claim to Disney, at the time of making The Predator. At that time, the license link was passed in silence, at least until an article by The deadline reveals the miseries, to the chagrin of the filmmaker, who likes to play with the element of surprise.

Death is in the Snare

And after watching his film, we understand why. Precisely in the antipodes of the Hollywood model of today, he refuses to add the 10th additional layers of mythology. predators, to evaluate an overloaded franchise or even make any link to its predecessors. By eliminating any temptation of the demiurge and choosing as a backdrop an era already steeped in political issues, he returns to the basics: a monster, a hero, a violent and personal epic and a relentless quest 1h30 top chrono, credits not included.

A minimalism that immediately distinguishes him from the cretin-megalo-nag approach of friend Shane Black and his least defensible narrative (the treatment of autism!). Here, the alien is no longer an emissary who has come to Earth to collect buffs for his race, but the good old hunter that we have learned to worship and fear in front of John McTiernan’s camera. Facing him is the young Naru, a Comanche who wants to hunt with the most respected warriors of his tribe. To prove his worth, he embarks on a mysterious quest. But of course, the predator becomes the prey.

Prey: photo, Amber MidthunderNaru, early

The ghost

Although offered by Comanche on the platform, prey so not particularly speaking. Being careful not to draw big conclusions from the historical structure, Patrick Aison (for whom this is the first feature film as a screenwriter) uses it to change the hunting grounds or the game of his extraterrestrial star and to concentrate the stakes around its protagonist. , played by the excellent Amber Midthunder. Nothing more, nothing less, just a good spirited face to face which quickly returned to survival, then to the massacre game.

By his own admission, very inspired by the Revenantto the point of paying homage to his most famous scene, Dan Trachtenberg continues his aesthetic charter with more or less success (The green-gray photo does not fit all sequences, Emmanuel Lubezki does not want) and tried a style of play that should be more fluid than the camera that introduced him to many listeners.

prey: photoTomorrow is all Comanche

Without, however, trying to copy Iñárritu’s endless sequence of shots, he enjoys traversing the natural expanses through which the characters pass, linking different settings with his camera and even using the Predator’s invisibility as a supernatural lens. Relieved not to have to introduce his opponent, it immediately takes advantage of its visible characteristics. As he does not allow the suspense to hang on the nature of the threat for a long time, but he does not forget to put in the legs of his hero a good part of the local carnivorous animal, just to keep the pleasure.

In short, the Revenant served as a model for the treatment of survival, until the second part, and its turn to pure action cinema, which was carried out with a palpable joy and with a lot of moments in very amusing courage. prey can boast of having one of the highest body counts in the saga, because the Predator does not hesitate to kill its opponents with whole skewers during bad confrontations.

We are happy to forgive him an overdose of digital gore effects and a climax as shy as it is inaccurate: casually, the small B series is well packaged, well-made and moderate remain rare commodities, especially already in the context of large licenses. Sometimes the lack of revolution is seditious.

Target: French Poster

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