Review | The Predator: The Hunt takes the franchise back on track with LOTS of action and gory scenes

Do you know the franchise of ‘The predator‘, the story of the invisible alien creature that has come to Earth a few times in the 1980s/1990s and left a trail of bodies wherever it went – and forcing a lot of hero to have to move to save humanity. In ‘The predator‘ himself Arnold Schwarzenegger he had to go to Guatemala to save US politicians imprisoned there; in ‘The Predator 2 – The Hunt Continues‘ the creature went to Los Angeles, wreaking havoc on the streets dominated by rival gangs; then the production threw the focus on the creature, who went to fight with ‘alien‘ in two feature films; now the public will finally be able to know the origin of everything, in the prequel ‘The Predator: The Hunt‘, which arrives today exclusively on the starplus.

naru (Amber Midthunder) is a young indigenous Comanche who wants to prove herself to be more than a woman destined to care and harvest, but a true hunter, ready to defend her people. But your brother Tabe (Dakota Beavers) and the other boys in the village not only don’t believe in her potential, they also stop her from going hunting. When a lion threatens the group’s permanence in that region, naru decides to go after the group of hunters, in an attempt to prove his worth. What she didn’t expect was to find out that the lion would be the least of the problems for her village, as a much bigger and totally unknown threat was killing every living creature in the forest.

With an hour and forty duration, ‘The Predator: The Hunt‘ has the right length and format to hold the audience’s attention, while entertaining and delivering content. Starting from the characters created by Jim Thomas and the original franchise, the screenplay for Patrick Aison and Dan Trachtenberg goes back in time to bring the origins of this one of the most remarkable characters in Science fiction in horror. This origin, however, is not about the enigmatic creature, but about history, since, so far, it is the first contact record of the predator on planet Earth.

By centering the story back in the 1700s, the script puts the predator as a metaphor for the colonial period: if the predator he only kills those he considers a threat, and indigenous peoples are being invaded by European colonists, who, in this story, is the real threat and who has the right to remain on the land? All this is offered in a deep layer, signaled especially at the end of the feature, by showing the nomadic characteristic of the people. Comanche in a story whose ending we already know: today the Comanche are only about 15 thousand.

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The action and fight scenes are very well choreographed and convincing, which makes the director’s project Dan Trachtenberg a collective film, which makes use of the individual efforts of each one of the team to achieve the result. Charismatic and expert wielder of axes, Amber Midthunder does the trick as a young woman struggling to earn the respect of the group, and convinces more than ‘brave‘ or ‘Pocahontas‘, including in the various dialogues in Comanche that the film brings. The killing and brutality scenes aren’t graphic, and on the whole, there’s even little blood in the scene – which may disappoint some. However, for some reason this does not harm production; on the contrary, it makes the predator how much humans have to use intelligence to kill – and that, in the franchise, is something that was missing.

With an entire cast made up of indigenous natives or descendants of native peoples, ‘The Predator: The Hunt‘ takes the franchise back on track, presenting a good commercial plot within a critical story that makes sense, offering entertainment that holds the viewer’s attention and sheds light on possible paths the franchise can take. Movie!

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