Predator: the prey it became a success, even with specialized critics. That, despite the bland controversy that its protagonist was a woman. And also, that the plot occurred centuries before the original. But the new movie available Disney+/Star+ is a tribute to the franchise and its way of conceiving violence and action. If there was one thing director Dan Trachtenberg had in mind, it was to provide the production with high quality. Also his ability to recover more recognizable elements in the mythology of the history of predator.
With its naturist air, the conception of the Yautja as an aggressive and cunning creature, Predator: The Prey returned to its origins. Or at least, the way the first two productions narrated how an alien hunter confronts human beings. In both John McTiernan’s 1987 film and Stephen Hopkins’ 1990 film, the hunter and his prey they had to measure forces in a situation of inequality. Especially when the predator was wearing all sorts of futuristic gear, incomprehensible to his opponents.
But in the end, the way to deal with the creature was to use boldness, strategy and intelligence. Something that Predator: The Prey used as an element of transcendental importance. Also, as a twist of relevance in a quick and concise script that leads to an elegant conclusion. What points did the Disney + / Star + production recover from its previous ones for a new era of the saga? We list them below.
The Predator’s use of technology
The predator comes from an advanced alien culture devoted almost exclusively to hunting and warfare. So all his weapons are built to be multifunctional tools that make the task of killing faster. In predator, of 1987, the character of Dutch had to abandon the possibility of a frontal attack. And understand the effectiveness of a more subtle and related to the use of tactics.
The same goes for Naru, the central figure of Predator: the prey. Once he understands that it is practically impossible to defeat the Yautja he decides to try it through a trick of skill. And that includes figuring out how his opponent’s alien technology works and using it to his advantage. A plot twist that the saga already used successfully before.
The mythical phrase of the saga predator
The saga frequently discusses the titular creature as a mystery. He did it in the first of his deliveries, in which he was an incomprehensible presence in the jungle. Next, in its sequel, in which he is an enigmatic assassin in the middle of the city of Los Angeles.
In Predator: the prey, happens the same way. During the opening scenes, Naru’s tribe assumes that the mysterious monster attacking them is a mythical entity. Or at least, an inexplicable monster that emerges from the thicket in search of victims.
But like Schwarzenegger’s Dutch, the characters eventually find an answer to the real nature of the Yautja. Understandable enough to confront him. It is then that Taabe, Naru’s brother, says one of the most recognized phrases in the franchise. “If it bleeds, we can kill it”. A line that connects the film with the rest of its mythology.
Body temperature and those little details of power
the naru of Predator: the prey He has the gift of observation. Or so it is insisted on several points of the argument. You can see things others don’t which makes her a huntress gifted with a rare gift, which allows him to notice, almost immediately, something about the predator that links his character to that of Schwarzenegger. Both Dutch and the young Comanche discover that the alien can detect their body heat.
And both characters deduce that this ability gives the monster a special advantage. So they immediately make the decision to look for ways to avoid it. Dutch covers himself in mud to lower his temperature, while Naru eats a type of orange flower that apparently serves the same purpose.
The meaning of the weapon shown in Predator: The Prey
After defeating the Yautja, Naru returns to the tribe with his opponent’s head as a trophy. Also, with something else. A gun given to him by one of the men he helped during his confrontation with the alien creature. An engraved phrase can be clearly read on the weapon “Raphaël Adolini 1715”.
This is, of course, a direct reference to the scene in predator 2, in which Mike Harrigan (Danny Glover) receives the same gun. He obtains it from a group of Yautjas after the character defeats the hunter hidden in the city of Los Angeles. This is a sinister and eloquent point that makes it clear that Predator: the preycould have continuation.
That old custom in the saga
The end credits of Predator: the prey they act somewhat like a post-credits scene. In a kind of cave-style animation you can see the entire plot of the film reproduced in its most important points. But in the end, it shows what could be a much more disturbing element. An image indicates that a group of Yautja ships return on the tribe.
Is this a new and future confrontation, in addition to the announcement of a sequel? Or the well-known custom of hunters to recover the body of one of their fallen in the middle of the fight? The film offers no answers. But the fact that Danny Glover’s character receives in the future the gun that Naru shows the tribe is not good news. Or at least, they make clear the possibility of a confrontation with complicated consequences.