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Prey

Prey

Blumhouse Productions, Hyde Park Entertainment, Tremendum Pictures, USA, 2019
AKA: Solo
Director: Franck Khalfoun
Writer: David Coggeshall, Franck Khalfoun
Cast: Logan Miller, Kristine Froseth, Jolene Anderson, Jerrica Lai, Phodiso Dintwe, Anthony Jensen, Jody Mortara, Vela Cluff, Joey Adanalian, Nathan Healy

Young Toby Burns is full of guilt over his father’s death. His dad wanted him to help out in the garage, but instead he stayed inside surfing the internet on his phone, while his dad was murdered by carjackers outside.

He reluctantly join the Lost and Found program. This program involves two weeks on a sailboat at sea outside the coast of Malaysia leading up to a “solo”, where the members of the program is left on a deserted island each, all by themselves, for three days and three nights.

At first Toby isn’t doing to good. Monkeys steal his food, he steps on a shell and injure his foot and he gets ill and throw up all over the place after eating raw clams. He also believes someone or something is watching him from the dark of the jungle and he panics and uses up his only signal flare.

Next day things get a little better as he meets Madeleine. She is sixteen and lives on the island with her mother. She shows him plants that can be used to take the pain away from his injured foot, she hunts and cooks for him and teaches him how to spear fish. She also warns him about the snakes, but tells him he’ll be safe as long as he stays on his side of the island and keep close to the fire.

Madeleine has lived on the island since she was a little girl. She came there with her parents who were missionaries. The island was inhabited then but her father and everybody else died. She doesn’t really remember what happened but she thinks her mother killed them all. And she tells Toby her mother mustn’t know about him or he will be killed too.

Toby decides he can’t leave Madeleine on the island, but he has to keep out of her mother’s sight until the boat comes back for him and there is also some sort of creature lurking in the dark.

There are some obvious plot holes. No program in the world would leave teens alone on uninhabited snake infested islands without means to communicate. Toby is having nightmares about a man in a monkey suit stabbing his father to death. Yet he never saw the murderer since the carjackers raced from the scene before Toby got there. Madeleine is dressed much like any sixteen years old girl on a hot summers day. If she’s been isolated since she was a little kid, where does she buy her clothes?

Apart from this, and the fact that meeting Madeleine transforms Toby from a helpless victim to a full blown Rambo in just a couple of days, the film isn’t all bad. It’s a quite OK little horror movie and I did enjoy it.

My verdict: 5 out of 10.

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