Sunday, June 26, 2011
Movie Review # 117 Prey [Proie France](2010)
Director: Antoine Bloissier
Writer(s): Antoine Bloissier, Eric Vogel
Cast: Grégoire Colin, François Levantal, Isabella Renauld
Rotten Tomatoes: 21% Audience
Netflix: 2.8 Stars
"Prey" is one strange beast of a movie. It is part thriller, part horror and part animal feature. But what is not is boring or slow. It simply is one of the best creature features I have seen in years. As the movie opens with a scene of a group of deer's who had been startled and run into a electric fence. When the farmer goes to check the deer he finds a boars tusk in the side of one of deer's and that set's in action of the family of farmers going out to hunt the boars and put an end to creatures.
All while this is going on Nathan (Grégoire Colin) giving a physical to the Patriarch of the family and grandfather of his wife. When he discovers that he has chemical burns and neither of them know how he got it. After this scene Nathan, Nicolas, Eric and David set out to the woods to put an end to the boars that are attacking the wildlife. Only find that the boars have gone mad and that the lake in the middle of the forest had become tainted with the chemicals in the fertilizer that the family has been making.
Which set's off the rest of the movie as they go from being the hunters to the hunted as the boar pack sets out to kill maim and destroy the men. Which in turn they turn on each other an all ultimately perish at either the boars tusks or by each others own hands. Leaving just Nathan left who is killed by Claire who is Nicolas daughter at the end of the movie who chose to not help Nathan as he bleed out. Because she figured out that he killed her father.
This gritty story was not only compelling it was amazingly fun to watch. As the bumps in the movie where not preceded by music. They just happened and at times that you often did not see coming. Which was nice and fun. Also the basic human nature of we are the top of the food chain and nothing can top us. Is in full force here and when it flips on the men. Their carnal nature to survive is put in play as it is who ever is the smartest, youngest or strongest will survive.
Which is very impressive as I can honestly see this happening. Where you have to choose who dies and who lives and all you care about is getting yourself out in the end. For the rest of the picture it is extremely well done. From music, to art to effects it is believable, gritty and amazing. Especially if you are a person who enjoys gritty horror films. Not only will this fill that need it pleases the senses of blood, terror and gore.
Just not to the excessive nature that some Hollywood movies go to. It just covers what is needed and it is a lot. The one thing that I will say is that some might not like this movie. All because it is a French movie but please do not discredit the French here this deserves to be seen by all horror fans and creature feature enthusiasts. That is just my opinion and would love to hear yours in the comments below.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars