Prey (2021) – Review

Four friends accompany Roman (David Kross) on a weekend away to celebrate his bachelor party, which consisted of hiking in the unsettling, German wilderness. Suddenly, however, the group begin to hear gunshots nearby, quickly coming to the realisation that they are under attack. In a desperate bid to survive, the group of men must do all they can to avoid falling prey to the mysterious and relentless shooter, but that wasn’t going to be as easy as it seemed. This is a new German production that has recently been added to the endless catalogue of films that Netflix provides us with.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Director: Thomas Sieben
Writers: Thomas Sieben
Starring: David Kross, Hanno Koffler, Robert Finster, Yung Ngo, Klaus Steinbacher

Admittedly, German films aren’t exactly a forte of mine, so when a new release called Prey popped up on Netflix this past weekend, I jumped at the chance to give this one a go – a decision that in hindsight, probably wasn’t the wisest I’ve ever had. From the very first minute there seemed to be some rather obvious cliches that were used in this overly told plot. Injuries occurred, friendships were strained, phone signals were lost, and poor decision-making skills were on full display, in this pretty predictable survival thriller.

One of the most disappointing aspects of the flick was the sheer dynamic between the five key characters. It seemed a little forced, odd and unrealistic at times, with lots of animosity and disdain being prevalent between them all. Sadly, this didn’t help the viewer create any form of emotional attachment towards any of the personalities, nor did it make you feel any form of sympathy for the situation they each found themselves in.

In terms of the cinematography, sadly nothing really managed to stand out, especially considering the film was shot entirely within a German forest. Other than one or two nicely captured drone shots, it all seemed largely much of the same from start to finish. The same could also be said for the soundtrack, which was extremely dark and sinister, maybe a ittle too much so.

In terms of the cast, David Kross adopted the role of Roman, while the four other bachelor partygoers consisted of Hanno Koffler, Robert Finster, Yung Ngo and Klaus Steinbacher. As mentioned, the relationship between all five did come across a little awkward, but the script was more than likely a major issue in that regard. It’s also worth noting that Maria Ehrich portrayed Eva, but the actress had very little screentime and even less dialogue.

All in all, the film seemed to suffer from the lack of general interest towards any of the main characters within the story and for that reason, Prey came off as a little disappointing. With that being said, the international flavour, coupled with the short runtime of one-hour and twenty-eight minutes may appeal to some. As previously mentioned, Prey is currently streaming on Netflix.

“I think they’re trying to kill us…”

Roman – Prey

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