The Prey
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Franck Adrien (Albert Dupontel), a bank robber convicted of a heist and sentenced to six months in prison, shares a cell with seemingly weak Jean Louis Morel. But once Morel gets released from behind bars, Adrien learns that Morel is really a sadistic serial killer who now knows private details about Adrien's life. Adrien must break out of prison and catch Morel before he gets to Adrien's family...and before France's elite police detectives hunt Adrien down. (c) Cohen Media

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Deftly strips away the phoniness of a big-budget studio production."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"[A] sharp if dramatically underwhelming French thriller ..."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"Eric Valette tries to keep it grounded in action scenes built on a physicality that is more authentic than the overkill of CGI spectacle."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"As cynical as you want it to be, 'The Prey' is an often violent, strong character-driven, somewhat thrilling story where nobody is to be trusted nor aided without suffering the consequences."
‑ John Esther, UR Chicago Magazine
"All that running keeps tension high in this police thriller based on events in the life of a serial rapist-killer."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"It's watchable but absolutely no big deal, although you wouldn't know that from the drum-heavy score, so loud and militaristic that someone could reuse it for a documentary about the Battle of the Bulge."
‑ Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
"It's no insult to say that it doesn't aspire to art-house significance, just to white-knuckled entertainment."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
""The Prey" is an above-average French-language thriller full of suspense and interesting characters."
‑ Paul Chambers, Movie Chambers
"A tightly constructed little suspense machine, as neatly plotted as an advanced calculus problem...builds to a literal cliff-hanger."
‑ Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine
"Sweeping landscape shots and the reliable presence of Sergi López, here playing a scarred private investigator, can't distract from the clichés of a particularly dim-witted script."
‑ Tom Dawson, Total Film
"Like a bullet train, the French thriller "The Prey" is a model of breathless efficiency, its stuffed cargo of chases, brawls and twists delivered with admirable speed."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"Loopy, dumb, and entertaining ..."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Globe
"Why can't we make beaucoup genre films as frequently as the French?"
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
"A trim and exciting beach-read of a movie."
‑ Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine
"There's perhaps a little too much running and chasing but the pace doesn't let up, the end is an authentic cliffhanger, and Alice Taglioni gives an attractive performance as a plainclothes cop."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
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