Neither original or exciting, Prey is another film from Blumhouse Productions that bears the quality brand name but spectacularly fails to deliver on any meaningful level whatsoever. Much to the annoyance of myself, Prey is the latest in a long line of films released in 2021 that has nothing to recommend it, other than some cheap jump scares and one scene that rips off an iconic moment from Jaws.
Prey bizarrely opens with Toby (Logan Miller) ignoring his Dad’s wishes to come help him fix up their car, only for him to get brutally murdered by two men in masks – for no other reason that to set up the films threadbare plot. Distraught, as any son surely would be, Toby is then sent to a desert island for three days to find his inner self in some sort of reverse Robinson Crusoe style adventure. After an eventful first night where Toby loses most of his belongings and the contents of his bowels, he meets a mysterious young girl who warns him of the dangers of the island.
As with many things in life, the more you have of something normally means the quality of it inevitably dips. The same can be said of Blumhouse’s latest effort. While producing many modern greats like Get Out, Halloween and The Invisible Man – the studio is also home to countless duds and that remains the same with Prey. The premise is as silly and incomprehensible as they come, and well and truly leaves any logic at the door. The one hour 25 minute runtime is one hour too long, and perhaps that is being generous to a film that has many influences and has the feel of a copycat production – merely ticking off boxes as it goes along.
Director Franck Khalfoun has busied himself previously in the horror genre, with his last film being Amityville: The Awakening – and he is hardly pushing audiences to turn up for his latest effort. It’s little wonder really, as Prey does very little to garner a fan base. There is no visual flair, nor does the story or acting save the film from looking like a late night cable film that wouldn’t even benefit from drinking five pints before sitting down to watch it. The special effects are turgid, and barring some well placed jump-scares, there is nothing at all to recommend here.
Prey will be available to watch on Amazon Prime Video from 9 July.