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  • Actors: Tiffany Dupont, Alice Taglioni, Stephane Debac, Sergi López, Natacha Régnier
  • Directors: Eric Valette
  • Producers: Luc Bossi
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studio Canal
  • DVD Release Date: 23 July 2012
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0085MXMR8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,275 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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I'm not going to review this on the basis of camera angles, incidental music, locations, or any other phraseology that might lead you to think I am anything other than an avid film buff.
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.
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Not a 5 star rating in my opinion. It's watchable and the 3 leads of protagonist, baddy and cop play strongly but it didn't hang particulary well together, there's no development of any side-story (although finally hinted at slightly at the end when one cop almost says something about his feelings for the lead female cop but too little too late - honestly this isn't a spoiler..)
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....
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The film begins with the protagonist coming to the end of a gaol sentence for a bank robbery in which only he knows where the loot has been hidden. As a result he is having to survive some murderous attention.

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.

Recommended.
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Gritty fast paced French thriller that builds tension to an edge of the seat conclusion. As be expected in this type of movie there is violence and sex but it is not out of context with the story. Don't let subtitles put you off this excellent movie.
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This French film stars Albert Dupontel of `A Very Long Engagement' fame; he plays Frank who is banged up for bank robbery. Whilst in prison he defends his seemingly nice cell mate from the prison thugs. These guys have it in for Maurel (Stephane Debac) as he is in for child sex offences. The two form an unholy alliance and when Maurel gets released, Frank trusts him to do him a favour - that is mistake number two.

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.
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Eric Valette’s The Prey has nearly all of the clichés of the man-on-the-run genre, but does them so well you probably won’t care even as you’re ticking off the list: the escaped convict on a mission with the whole world against him who can still run a marathon in record time after falling off a bridge or being shot (Albert Dupontel), the tough-but-beautiful female cop on his trail (Alice Taglioni), the disgraced ex-cop who can’t let his last case go (Sergi Lopez) and the respectable villain who everybody trusts. A gallic version of The Fugitive, it has a convincingly creepy villain in Stéphane Debac’s very ordinary cellmate whose life Dupontel saves in prison and who repays the favour by killing his wife, stealing his loot and kidnapping his child as a present for his wife and accomplice, leading our anti-hero to go over the wall to track him down only to find he’s being framed for Debac’s child murders and that the cops and one of the victims’ father aren’t too eager to bring him in alive.

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.
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