Review | The Predator: The Hunt Aims High and Is Surprise of the Year

Isn’t it curious to think about how infinitely large and ancient the galaxy is? Everything that could have formed in these millions of years, and what is forming now, generates a tremendous welcome headache. Unfortunately, we still seem, even with great advances, far from knowing many answers. But that there is something out there, there is. Better, there are several things.

at least in The Predator: The Hunt we have a brief (and of course, fanciful or not) ode of what the mysteries of the universe could already bring to Earth. That’s because the prequel film of the famous franchise takes place in the 1700s. Counting on your fingers, that’s a long time. In other words, the extraterrestrial hunters of one of the most outstanding works of pp culture have been here since the beginning of the 18th century.

The Predator: The Hunt by 20th Century Studios (reproduction)

Leaving aside the guesswork and a bit of the trip involving where the sun doesn’t reach, and reflecting on the premise, we find what is one of the most exciting and well-made productions of the year.

The narrative goes through basic journeys and shows the brutal being (who here is probably young, the wolf skull that covers his face attenuates this) ending up in the middle of a jungle inhabited by a Comanche Nation. In this tribe, we know Naru (Amber Midhunder), strong warrior with an insatiable power to prove herself to be a hunter – a title seen by everyone around her belonging only to someone male.

Above all, it is between the lines, and also outside of them, that the work magnifies a barbaric force; always reinforcing a well-structured background involving a socio-political/historical context, the film itself does not leave female repression unnoticed.

Naru is seen from the moment zero as being the girl of the tribe who must perform “women’s activities” and only. It’s gratifying to see script lines where she breaks that stigma with a ravenous beast. At one point her mother asks her why she wants to hunt so much, and she quickly retorts “Because you all think I can’t!”

The Predator: The Hunt by 20th Century Studios (reproduction)

The debate around this imagery that the protagonist is not fit enough to hunt is implementing it as the first foundation to precisely harm those who believe in this idea. Honestly, it’s even particularly interesting to see the various sexist comments about the thought that she wouldn’t have the strength to take on the barbaric alien (who more than ever fights beautifully in melee). Seeing this only reinforces one of the main points of the work.

As Naru is full of strength, and the film wants to embody this as something symbolic and natural, she is the first to believe that there is something more than a big animal in the jungle, so much so that prey is hunted all the time; such pretension works not only for the character’s desire to go through the ritual that transforms her into a hunter, but also idealizes a great turn of narrative engagement for the predator.

That belief, fearlessly established by the character’s sheer intelligence, is pretty much the heart of it. After all, everything he chooses to sell to the viewer, he relies immensely on his own certainties.

Such a leap of faith performs a very pleasant rhythm transformation to see and guess (even if the most common patterns of the genre are here) what will come next. The desire for the final clash grows in the protagonist’s chest and in ours; and when we got there. we find an ingenious result worthy of the circumstances created. The best appears when we see that it germinates between roots without dualities, the path to the end is refreshing and careful, and above all, well guided by the direction and displacement of the story.

The Predator: The Hunt by 20th Century Studios (reproduction)

Amber Middle Dogs activates all your senses, and those of the character, in a very good performance; being quite sharp and capable for a Comanche teenager who raises uprisings in always deserving more. It’s the biggest strength of it all. Together, who offers a huge role is also the beautiful setting. It takes your breath away and shines the idea of ​​perfect location, perfect fight. Unlike the grotesque of the cosmic assassin, acclimatization generates comfort and spectacular frames governed by the courageous direction of Dan Trachtenberg.

In some terms, should it become a franchise within a franchise, the narrative and execution seen in The Predator: The Hunt may seem like the saga John Wick to the translucent monster; always projecting grandeur and looking increasingly violent and captivating. If this biting and unique method is maintained (and mainly fresh and suitable for what we want to see nowadays), the future of the series will run with the blood boiling.

The Predator: The Hunt is available in the Brazilian Star+ catalog.

80/100

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