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The Prey [DVD]
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Darkly handsome Frank (Albert Dupontel - A Very Long Engagement), jailed for robbing a bank, escapes from prison to track down Maurel (Stéphane Debac – The Happening), a former cellmate trying to make him take the fall for a series of murders and who abducts Frank’s wife and daughter.
Detective Claire Linne (Alice Taglioni – The Valet) leads the chase for the fugitive, who soon becomes public enemy n°1. A brutal and no-holds-barred manhunt begins pushing the three protagonists as far as they can go but who will be the hunter and who will be the prey?
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This is a very entertaining thriller (yes a decent plot driven film) with a lot of action thrown in for a good measure. As others have said, it's not without it's faults, but for a couple of hours of good fun, definitely worth watching.
For those that enjoy French cinema, it's not up there in terms of acting, like with ...say 'La Balance' or ' Les Rivières Pourpres' (IMO), but still gets 5 stars because it is a very entertaining film.
The music is dire as if just pulled out of a library marked "chase music.
The baddy definitely has a psycho edge to him and the star maintains a levelled determination against the odds....
This could have evolved to a fairly simplistic story, but suddenly there is a twist with regards to his ex-cell mate Maurel.
The tale then becomes him breaking out of gaol to hunt down Maurel whilst being pursued in turn himself.
In some respects the storyline is predictable - similar to the 1993 Harrison Ford film "The Fugitive", only this time with a genuine criminal hunting down one who is far worse. However it is well executed with just the right combination of action and suspense making for very enjoyable viewing.
Then a series of murders come to light and Frank seems to be the number one suspect and then his wife and daughter disappear. He knows he is being framed and more over his former cell mate is not only doing it, he most likely is a child sex offender. So like any red blooded Gallic man he breaks out of the Pen and goes all out `pour la revenge!'
We also have the parallel story of les Gendarmes who as usual start off as if it is an open and shut case and then realise that things are a little bit more messy than they thought and set off in hot pursuit.
So is it any good? Well the acting is all fine the direction is well above average and it has a certain panache, well it is French so we would expect nothing less. The music though is well melodramatic with more than its fair share of in your face drums. There are a few plot holes but they are somewhat forgivable and there is a fair smattering of action. It is described as a `no holds barred' action fest, and it does try. Basically this is a well made thriller but you will have seen a lot of it before and probably done better. If you are a Francopile then you will not be disappointed, but at the end of the day it is a 6 out of ten, hence my rating.
Dupontel, whose career alternates between playing hard cases and directing and starring in anarchic comedies, is one of the most graceless runners you’ll ever see, his arms flailing about like a windmill so much he reminds you of a drowning man or Paul Michael Galser in the title sequence of Starsky and Hutch. But there probably hasn’t been a French leading man to visibly do so many of his own dangerous stunts since Jean-Paul Belmondo in his 70s heyday. He’s not a whitewashed protagonist either – when we meet him in prison he isn’t the usual innocent man sent down for a crime he didn’t commit but a professional criminal with all the cunning and ruthlessness that implies.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Yes it has subtitles but it really holds attention - great filmPublished 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
One of the best tense thrillers seen in a long time though be also prepared to witness the terribly sick side of the human mind so well depicted. Read morePublished 1 month ago by popsys
Wasn't too sure at first, but it was worth it; well worth watching if you enjoy thrillers. ExcellentPublished 3 months ago by kkristina
Fantastic French films with subtitles. I really enjoyed it.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was a bit sceptical when my husband suggested this film as it was French and subtitles.
I must say that I really liked it!!!
The plot was good and the acting too. Read more