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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Fast and furious, but also dull and derivative.
| Original Score: 2/5
A film that might, in America, star Jason Statham or even Steven Seagal.
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.
A rough diamond con on the trail of a serial killer can't outrun this French thriller's weight of familiarity.
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
[A] sharp if dramatically underwhelming French thriller ...
| Original Score: 2.5/4
If the thrills it yields are expected ones, the pleasure in the formula remains.
A trim and exciting beach-read of a movie.
| Original Score: 3/4
It's no insult to say that it doesn't aspire to art-house significance, just to white-knuckled entertainment.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
All that running keeps tension high in this police thriller based on events in the life of a serial rapist-killer.
| Original Score: B+
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.
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 slick, suspenseful adrenalin rush disguised as unexpected, nerve-wracking fun.
A tightly constructed little suspense machine, as neatly plotted as an advanced calculus problem...builds to a literal cliff-hanger.
Loopy, dumb, and entertaining ...
Deftly strips away the phoniness of a big-budget studio production.
Why can't we make beaucoup genre films as frequently as the French?
| Original Score: B plus