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August 2012

The Prey

cast: Albert Dupontel, Alice Taglioni, Stephane Debac, Sergi Lopez, and Natacha Regnier

director: Eric Valette

100 minutes (15) 2011
widescreen ratio 2.35:1
Studio Canal DVD Region 2

RATING: 7/10
review by Christopher Geary

The Prey

From the director of genre movies Super Hybrid, One Missed Call, and Maléfique, this policier is about convicted thief Franck Adrien (Albert Dupontel, Irreversible, Chrysalis) who survives an assault by crooks demanding to know exactly where he stashed the loot from his last bank robbery. A conjugal visit from Adrien's wife identifies his family as the man's obvious main weakness.

Events unfold with a rapid pace and Adrien soon escapes from the blithely corrupt prison system, and goes on the run across France in search of his kidnapped wife Anna (Caterina Murino, Casino Royale) and mute daughter Amelie.

Tough but sexy cop Claire Linne (Alice Taglioni, Ca$h, Sky Fighters), who's driven by intuition, heads a squad of detectives on the case but the determined Adrien manages to elude all pursuers, jumping on a train, and hitch-hiking on the trail of the villains. Framed as a rapist and serial killer, wounded in confrontations with Claire and her team, Adrien's freedom now seems increasingly untenable while the police manhunt operation begins and his time on the loose is running out fast.

Dynamic and undeniably spectacular, The Prey (aka: La proie) is a relentlessly exciting actioner with many exhilarating chases, first-class crackerjack stunt-work, and wholly sympathetic main characters. It draws upon The Fugitive remake, and other similar criminal conspiracy thrillers - like the recent hit Taken, for its basic genre inspiration, but director Eric Valette really delivers the goods here so this movie boasts plenty of plot quirks and original twists of its own, despite its rather nondescript title.



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