I’m a sucker for new horror movies that always appear on Netflix. It will be even more so when it is in the top 10. who You need to be interested in it. This week I found Netflix prey floating on the most watched list. This is a German movie about five men stalked in the woods by an unknown party.
It was barely a short 90 minutes, but by the end I wanted to regain that short time frame. You may have seen the three Ted Lassos again.
The main problem with play is conceptual and sets up a horror situation that looks basically meaningless. The fate of the man at hand is largely pre-determined, with no real reliance on the tracker.
The man attends a bachelorette party and returns to the car after a long hike. Someone started shooting them from a distance and held one of them in his arms, but soon they realized it wasn’t a hunting accident and someone was actually chasing them.
The film then swirls in the boring turmoil of roaming the woods, sprained ankles, and wet shoes. And once you’ve noticed all these “reasons,” it doesn’t really matter.
Eventually, it turns out that it is the woman who is stalking, but it has nothing to do with anyone. Rather, it turned out that her daughter was eventually killed by a drunken hunter in an accident. And now she apparently lost her heart and are they chasing these guys to be … guys? In the woods? That’s almost it.
But it’s also a kind of weird game. At one point she was able to locate three men with a gun and kill them all. Instead, she lets them run. She then hunts down one of the same men she just released and shoots him at various joints in the middle of the road.
“Why does it need to make sense?” Says one of the men. I don’t think “sadness makes a woman murder” because it means she can do whatever she wants. But it’s also not a terribly compelling story, as it’s just waiting for the shot to fly through the woods and finish someone at a particular moment. There is no coherent plan to fight back, she will not betray her. Just running and hiding a lot and fighting between them for unrelated nonsense (at some point you can see that the hero’s brother was sleeping with his fiancée).
None of this works. People hunted in the woods are a traditional horror concept, but unfortunately in play it doesn’t happen at any level.
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