Prey is a 2022 American science fiction action horror movie directed by Dan Trachtenberg and written by Patrick Aison, based on the Predator franchise by Jim Thomas and John Thomas. It is the fifth installment in the franchise and a prequel to the first four films. Starring Amber Midthunder, Dakota Beavers, Michelle Thrush, Stormee Kipp, Julian Black Antelope, and Dane DiLiegro.
The story revolves around Naru, a skilled warrior of the Comanche nation who protects her tribe from a highly evolved alien predator that hunts humans for sport, battles the wilderness, fur traders, and a mysterious creature to protect her people.
The development of the movie began during the production of Predator (2018) when producer John Davis was approached by Trachtenberg and Aison with a concept they had been developing since 2016. The film’s title was revealed to be a codename for the fifth installment. in the franchise.
Prey premiered at San Diego Comic-Con on July 21, 2022, and was released by 20th Century Studios as a Hulu Original Movie in the United States on August 5, 2022. The movie received positive reviews from critics who praised the action sequences, Midthunder’s performance, visual effects, cinematography, and Comanche representation. “Prey.”
Prey: Movie Synopsis
In 1719, Naru, a young Comanche woman trained as a healer, dreams of becoming a great hunter like her brother Taabe. While tracking a deer with his dog Sarii, she witnesses the arrival of a “thunderbird” in the sky (actually a spaceship launching a raptor), taking it as a sign that it is ready to show itself. Taabe agrees to take her with him while he leads a search party after a mountain lion that attacked one of the tribe’s hunters.
They take their injured tribesman and leave, the mountain lion has apparently been spooked by the Predator, who follows and observes the hunters as they collect the skulls of several local prey species. However, Taabe remains to find the mountain lion and complete the hunt.
Naru circles back to find Taabe. She manages to catch the lion, but falls and hits her head after being distracted by a flash of light. Taabe carries her home and returns to finish off the weakened lion, a feat for which he is honored by the chief and the rest of the tribe. An envious Naru secretly goes home with Sarii to hunt the next day; she encounters a herd of skinned bison and later tries to kill a grizzly bear, but is quickly cornered by the animal due to her lack of experience.
Suddenly, she watches as a bear overpowers and kills her stalker, fleeing in terror before encountering a pack of Comanche hunters sent to find her and bring her home. The creature quickly ambushes and kills them, and Naru tries to escape before her leg gets caught in a metal trap. The creature, seeing that it is no longer a threat, leaves.
The French trippers who were responsible for skinning the bison from their pelts find Nara and lock her in a cage, ordering their translator Raphael to question her about the creature. When she refuses to talk, the lead swimmer reveals that he has Taabe captive as well and tortures him before tying the two siblings up as bait for a predator. The creature uses its advanced weapons to kill most of the travelers while Taabe and Naru escape.
Naru rescues Saria from a traveler’s camp and encounters a dying Raphael, who teaches her to use his flintlock gun in exchange for medical treatment. Naru gives him herbs to stop the bleeding from his wounds and inadvertently discovers that this also lowers the human’s body heat, making it difficult for the creature to see his heat.
The creature cannot see Raphael with its heat vision but finds and kills him when he makes a noise. Taabe arrives on horseback to save Nara. The siblings are able to weaken the creature before it uses its invisibility cloak to hide and sneak up on Taabe and stab him in the back. Naru flees into the woods and finds the surviving lead voyageur who previously tortured Taabe collecting water.
She knocks him out, cuts off his legs, and gives him an unloaded gun before eating herbs to hide her heat and baiting the creature into killing the voyageur. She uses Adolini’s pistol to ambush the raptor from behind as she revels in her kill, knocks off the creature’s mask and steals it, and runs deep into the woods to prepare for the final showdown.
Using all of her knowledge of the creature’s characteristics and tactics, Naru lures him into the same mud pit she fell into before, then uses the creature’s mask to turn her own projectile weapon on him. The creature dies from its wounds, and Naru cuts off its head and smears the glowing blood on its face.
She brings the head and a flintlock gun (according to the engraving, it is the weapon that the leader of the Predators hands to police officer Mike Harrigan in 1997) back to his tribe, who believed her dead, and tells them that with the arrival of the white men, it is time for them to find a new home. The tribe honors her victory as Naru, beaming with pride, turns to face the young girl. The image at the end of the credits shows three Predator ships arriving on Earth and heading for the tribe.
Prey Ending, Explained: What Happened At The End?
Taabe sacrifices himself so that Naru can get away from the Predator. She goes to the river bank to wash off the blood and notices Bigbeard (Mike Paterson) on the other side. At first, she plans to shoot him. But instead, she renders him unconscious and props him up as bait to lure the Predator inside.
Once she wakes up and screams as if rats are eating away at her amputated leg, Naru consumes a herbal concoction that cools her blood and makes her invisible to the Predator. When it’s close enough to fire, Naru tries to shoot his head off, but only manages to remove his helmet. While it figures out what hit it, Naru takes off with his helmet and heads into the jungle.
What about the amputated leg, you ask? Well, Naru uses it to once again lure the Predator into entering the space, which is filled to the brim with traps of her own making. Once in place, she hooks him up and starts ripping his limbs off. Then, with Saria’s help, she manages to drop him into the watery part of the battle area.
And we realize that she actually lured him into the swamp she got stuck in earlier in the movie and tries to drown the Predator. But the Predator gets up and her plan seems to have failed. The Predator takes aim at Naru and we see that Naru has already positioned his helmet to face the creature. Once the Predator fires, the helmet’s targeting system is activated and eventually killed.
Naru returns to her makeshift village and delivers the head to Chief Kehetu (Julian Black Antelope). She hands over the weapon she got from Raphael. If that sounds familiar, you’re right. It’s the same weapon that one of the Predators hands to Lt. Mike Harrigan (Danny Glover) in “Predator 2.” How did it get to the Predator? Well, there’s so much time between “Prey” and “Predator 2.”
Perhaps after learning of the Predator’s failure against Naru, they will return and take the weapon and keep it as a memento. Or maybe Naru will give her to one of them after a peaceful fight. The possibilities are endless. The movie ends with Naru suggesting that the tribe move to a safer location as there is danger nearby, hinting at colonization by the White Traps as well as the threat of other predators.