The Prey (2013)
Franck Adrien (Albert Dupontel), a bank robber convicted of a heist and sentenced to six months in prison, shares a cell with seemingly weak Jean Louis Morel. But once Morel gets released from behind bars, Adrien learns that Morel is really a sadistic serial killer who now knows private details about Adrien's life. Adrien must break out of prison and catch Morel before he gets to Adrien's family...and before France's elite police detectives hunt Adrien down. (c) Cohen Media
- R (for violence and language)
- Mystery & Suspense , Action & Adventure
- Directed By:
- Eric Hensman , Matthew Hensman
- Written By:
- Matthew Hensman , Gustavo Sainz de la Peña , Laurent Turner , Luc Bossi
- In Theaters:
- Jun 7, 2013 Limited
- Box Office:
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Critic Reviews for The Prey
Eric Valette tries to keep it grounded in action scenes built on a physicality that is more authentic than the overkill of CGI spectacle.
"The Prey" is an above-average French-language thriller full of suspense and interesting characters.
It's watchable but absolutely no big deal, although you wouldn't know that from the drum-heavy score, so loud and militaristic that someone could reuse it for a documentary about the Battle of the Bulge.
Like a bullet train, the French thriller "The Prey" is a model of breathless efficiency, its stuffed cargo of chases, brawls and twists delivered with admirable speed.
It's no insult to say that it doesn't aspire to art-house significance, just to white-knuckled entertainment.
As cynical as you want it to be, 'The Prey' is an often violent, strong character-driven, somewhat thrilling story where nobody is to be trusted nor aided without suffering the consequences.
A tightly constructed little suspense machine, as neatly plotted as an advanced calculus problem...builds to a literal cliff-hanger.
A slick, suspenseful adrenalin rush disguised as unexpected, nerve-wracking fun.
The closer we get to a climax (and the more that absurd reversals keep getting piled on), the less effective Dupontel's brutish charisma is in keeping things interesting and afloat.
If the thrills it yields are expected ones, the pleasure in the formula remains.
All that running keeps tension high in this police thriller based on events in the life of a serial rapist-killer.
Sweeping landscape shots and the reliable presence of Sergi López, here playing a scarred private investigator, can't distract from the clichés of a particularly dim-witted script.
There's perhaps a little too much running and chasing but the pace doesn't let up, the end is an authentic cliffhanger, and Alice Taglioni gives an attractive performance as a plainclothes cop.
A rough diamond con on the trail of a serial killer can't outrun this French thriller's weight of familiarity.
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