Reviewed by: JimmyO
Darrell James Roodt
What's it about
When a father takes his two kids and new girlfriend on a trip to South Africa to bond, it ain’t the only catfight in town. While off-roading with a tour guide, the girlfriend and kiddies find themselves at the mercy of some hungry lions.
Is it good movie?
“Inspired by true events” is what the advertising promises when you pick yourself up a copy of Prey. Could it be true, lions killing people in South Africa? Sure it could be. Hell, I guarantee it to be. But after seeing Prey, I think it is the dysfunctional family at fault, for ALL of them. If these people just got it together and didn’t make stupid decisions, and maybe tried to go to the bathroom before going into the middle of nowhere, maybe everyone would be safe. It’s ALL their fault. Oh sure, Bridget Moynahan is not the biggest problem and frankly neither is the littlest Peter Weller offspring. Yeah, he needs to find a more appropriate time to go to the bathroom, and maybe the tour guide should have said, ‘sorry kid, you gotta take a dump by the van’ but still, they are not the problems. It is all Carly Schroeder, the blame should really be placed on her. This is the most annoying fourteen year old ever. At one point she complains to her dad about offering her meat because she’s a vegetarian, yet the next minute she’s crying because she’s sick of the stupid animals. In a matter of minutes! What the hell is her problem? When they got stuck in the damn truck, I was hoping they would maybe feed her to the lions… literally. Damn, this girl was pissing me off. She did a decent job but holy hell; did they have to make her such a little brat?
Aside from the teenager getting on my last nerve, was there much good here? Sure there was. Barren James Roodt handles the material competently and even kept my interest when teenager from hell wasn’t bitching. There are a few tense moments when the lions get hungry. I also dug the animals. They are big ole cats that have this sharp teeth looking to shred some flesh. And I also thought the actors handled themselves well considering the dialogue and moronic actions of the characters. Seriously, if these people made better decisions, there would have been no problem. Daddy could have got home and nobody would have been harmed. But I guess since this is a “man against nature” flick the humans have to be stupid. But there are so many exceptions to that rule that it sometimes gets infuriating seeing this. After all, Dee Wallace-Stone didn’t send her kid over to the barn to take a whiz when Cujo was ready to attack. I’m sure she had a couple of dumb moments too, but nothing like this. Let me make a suggestion, if you go to South Africa to look at animals, make sure you stay very far away from this clan.
Video / Audio
Video: The Widescreen 2.35:1 looks very good. Not a bad transfer for this beastie.
Audio: The Dolby Digital 5.1 is also very good. If you want to look and hear nature, you could do worse.
Nothing. Except a few Trailers you can nibble on. This includes “Killshot”, “The Aura”, “Feast”, “Pulse” and “Unknown”.
This is a well made man vs. nature flick that falls flat because of a poorly written script. Whether this is the screenwriters fault or some dudes in suits messing with it I’m not sure, but these characters are just dumb. Especially that damn teenage girl who complains and whines the whole time that you can only hope that the lions can shut her up. It’s not a complete waste but you could do much better in the killer animal genre.