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37 of 44 people found the following review helpful
Prey Will Having You Praying . . . Riveting Entertainment! Feb. 5 2007
By Steven Hedge - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I found this little low-budget film to be very disturbing and intense. Make no mistake that is a survival film and you've seen this kind of thing before; however, that doesn't make this nifty little film any less powerful and at a brisk 90 minutes, you'll feel exhausted when this film ends.

The acting is generally good. Moynaham of I, Robot fame, as the stepmom saddled with 2 bratty kids is very believable and will often remind you in looks and speech of Sandra Bullock. The oldest child is very effective in her role, but her character will, forgive the pun, eat away at your nerves to the point where you want Moynaham to simply kick the broken down jeep's door open and feed her to the damn lions. The youngest child is so awful in his role that you would swear on a stack of Bibles that he's reading his lines off of posterboards. Peter Weller, the Robocop Trilogy and recent villain on TV's 24 - Season Five, as the dad is reliable as always and he's always been a very underrated actor. I enjoy seeing him on the History Channel where he hosts ancient worlds specials (wherein he holds a Master's degree from Syracuse University and, I believe, is an adjunct professor).

The death scenes are absolutely chilling and intense and not unlike the death scenes in Jaws. They are that riveting and horrific. I promise you that you will not forget them. There are enough "rest" scenes in the film between the lion attacks and they are used well. The character interactions between the stepmom and the oldest resentful stepdaughter are believable no matter how ill-timed they are. Imagined being trapped with someone that you hate. It happens and it is played out believably here. The majority of this film takes place in the broken down tourist Jeep the ranger takes off-roading at the family's expense for some extra "fun."

This "trapped in a car" scenario is rather remincent of Stephen King's Cujo, an excellent film, wherein Dee Wallace Stone is trapped in her car with her sick son by their rapid family dog, Cujo, on a blistering hot day. They spend a good 2/3rds of that film trying to get from the car in the driveway to the inside of the house and away from the dog before they die in the car from the heat and lack of water just as they do in the film "Prey." "Prey" focuses on that same claustrophobic panic and we feel it as an audience. It is very effectively communicated thanks to good direction and acting.

The plot of "Prey" has some significant holes and they can be very annoying, but panic and stupidity drives most of these people to do what they do. It is, however, VERY hard to believe that an experienced ranger would take a family off-roading in a very dangerous area to stop and have a kid do #2 in a lion-infested area. If you are willing to suspend your disbelief for that scene which sets up the story, then the rest is going to go down fairly easily.

I highly recommend this film, flaws and all, for the intense action sequences, skilled direction, and the overall good acting by the major players. This film rarely lets up on the suspense and you will remember it long after seeing it.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Prey March 29 2010
By TREND700 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
While working in a dam in Africa, the American hydraulic engineer Tom Newman brings his family to spend a couple of days in the Leopard's Rest Lodge. His fourteen year-old daughter Jessica is having friction with her stepmother Amy since she does not accept the divorce of her parents. On the next morning, Amy, Jessica and her brother David go in a game drive with a ranger while Tom goes to the dam. While driving off-road, they stop for a minute for David, and unexpectedly they are attacked by a group of starving lions that kill and eat the ranger. Amy, Jessica and David are trapped in the jeep and stalked by the wild lions. When Tom returns to the hotel and finds that his family has not returned from the game, he asks for help to the experienced hunter and guide Crawford and together they seek Tom's family. For a low budget movie, I found this movie quite entertaining. This movie doesn't take long to pick up, within 15 minutes of the movie, you will be curious to watch the survival plot of humans against beast. It's quick, fun and interesting. It's worth a rental.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Never Go Off-Road When You're Already Off-Road! Sept. 10 2009
By Ken Fontenot - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Tom Newman (Peter Weller) brings his two children and his new, younger wife, Amy (Bridget Moynahan) to Africa to spend some time with them while he's working on an African dam project. His daughter, Jessica (Carly Schroeder), is upset about her parents' divorce, and wants nothing to do with Amy. Hoping to form a bond between them, Newman suggests that his daughter and new wife, along with his son, David (Connor Dowds), take a ride through a game reserve on their way to the lodge where they will spend the rest of their vacation while he finishes up on some work.

While touring the reserve, young David needs to use the bathroom. The guide and David leave the safety of the SUV they are riding in so that David can do a little "paper work" in the bush. With the tour guide protecting him with a rifle, David commences to relieve himself. Unfortunately for the group, though, David's moving problem has them stopped in the middle of a group of starving lions. The lions make an attempt on catching David, but the guide manages to hold them off long enough for the young boy to make it back to the truck. The guide isn't so lucky and is violently killed by the beasts. This leaves Amy, Jessica, and David alone to swelter in the African heat and do their best in order to survive until someone can find them.

Meanwhile, Tom has made it to the lodge and immediately tries to start a search and rescue mission. Unfortunately the rangers at the lodge can't assist him until daylight. He's put into contact with a local hunter/tracker named Crawford (Jamie Bartlett) who refuses to help Tom at first, but eventually gives in when a payment is offered for his services.

From here, the film bounces from extremely tense (and well-played) moments where the lions attempt to get their paws on the Newman clan to long and drawn out moments of dialogue primarily between Amy and Jessica. In an attempt to keep the story interesting, the three primary players are put into situations ranging from trying to make an escape in the vehicle once they find the keys to making friends with poachers.

The film struggled to hold my interest during its run. It quickly became a victim of its own devices. There have been many better films made where the bulk of the action centers on a small group of individuals in an isolated situation as is the case in "Prey." "The Descent" and "Jaws" immediately come to mind. However, in "Prey," having the group pinned down in a vehicle and making a number of risky and, in at least one situation, ridiculous choices does nothing to keep the story interesting.

The primary subplot of the film, the friction between Amy and Jessica, is instantly predictable and offers nothing to add to the film.

The cast doesn't do a terrible job. Moynahan is sufficient as the stepmother who takes on the task of being a hero while stranded in the bush. Weller doesn't have much to do in this film except become angry for a bit and then desperate to save his family. The children are okay, but both of them visit the overacting department a bit too often for my tastes. If I had to pick out one shining star in the film, I'd have to say it was Jamie Bartlett. His character is about the most interesting thing in the film, and adds a bit of much needed humor to the story as well.

The special effects are dodgy at times. The CGI blood is ridiculous, and fails to rise above similar effects that can be found on SyFy on Saturday nights.

In summary, "Prey" has some wonderful moments that almost make it better than it really is. In the end, however, it is nothing more than a B-movie that doesn't even fall into the "so terrible it's funny" category. Recommended to fans of SyFy channel flicks or films such as "Open Water."
PREY Aug. 27 2008
By fmwaalex - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD

I have always liked watching these animal gone crazy type films, I don't know what it is about them maybe it's because this stuff really does happen or something, I don't know. But these films have always fascinated me, and even if the film isn't all that great I still give it a chance. This film looks like a great film if you go by cover alone, plus it states that it is inspired by true events which boost interest. Those two things alone have my attention, but it all so hypes the film up. When watched with an open mind it still leaves you with mixed feelings.

Director Darrell Roodt who also co wrote this film with Jeff Wadlow, and Beau Bauman creates a cool little tension filled [at times] movie that is an over all enjoyable film. The story is all about a family and a guide who are attacked by a pack of lions and are stuck off road in a jeep. Of course from here we have a film full of pretty realistic kills and some pretty good thrills. The writers, director, and producers of this film obviously went into this trying to make a really good movie, and on some levels they have truly succeeded. The only real faults within this movie are some of the characters.

Carly Schroeder plays her role very well but it is her character that truly hurts this movie. She plays Jessica Newman who is the most annoying character I think I have ever seen in a film ever. You may be reading that and think that I am exaggerating, but I promise you I am not. You really will be wishing for this teenage girl to literally be thrown to the lions, as bad as that sounds it would have elevated this film to classic status in my mind. Conner Dowds's character is quite the opposite, but the problem here is in the performance. I realize he is just a kid, so to that extent it isn't horrible but other kids have done much better. Bridget Moynahan on the other hand as the step mother of the kids is great in her role, I particularly like when she finally gets on to Carly's character. She plays the role brilliantly and like others have said she does look a little like Sandra Bullock. Peter Weller is just as good as the father who can not be there to help his family. In fact everyone else in the film is very believable [see Jamie] and do a great job with this film.

This film would be perfect for a day you have just laying around the house. I recommend this film to anybody looking for a movie for just a day like that. Good film over all, check it out.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Here kitty, kitty, kitty Jan. 28 2011
By Jason - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Hoping to form a bond between his two young children and his new bride, engineer Tom Newman (Peter Weller) takes his kids - teenage daughter Jessica (Carly Schroeder) and young son David (Connor Dowds) - and his new bride Amy (Bridget Moynahan) on an African safari. While off-roading with the tour guide in a zebra-painted safari truck, the bumpy terrain dislodges some of the warthog from the previous night's meal causing David's IBS to flair up. The tour guide decides it's a good decision to let 65lb David drop a deuce in the bush nearly 50 yards from the truck in the middle of lion country. Yeah, because lions don't single out the weak for their prey. Either it's the tour guide's first day or he's retarded, but things don't go as he plans. What follows is nothing more than Cujo on steroids, as Jessica and the kids struggle to survive, with predictable and boring step-mamma-drama, while Tom employs the help of a local hunter, Crawford (Jamie Bartlett).

First and foremost, if you're looking for a man vs. lion movie, it's called The Ghost and the Darkness. That is not up for debate.

Since this probably falls in the horror genre, I suppose we should get the following out of the way: cell phones don't work, moronic choices abound, no nudity, and Jessica can't drive...but that's mainly because women can't drive. I digress. Suffice to say, the movie loses incredible steam because the tension between step-mother and daughter is tedious, the little boy nearly gets heat stroke after one wittle day in the hot sun, and the only interesting characters get little screen time (except when Crawford is massaging and smelling a clump of lion scat in his left hand for an obscene amount of time).

It's not a bad film, but there aren't a lot of aspects that standout. The few that did are Lion-Vision(tm), the lion-kebab, and the "African Picnic."

As far as movies about lions killing humans, it's second best. Out of two movies. And it's not close.

Jason Elin