Prey 2022 Movie Review Trailer Online

Director: Dan Trachtenberg
Writer: Patrick Aison
Stars: Amber Midthunder, Dane DiLiegro, Dakota Beavers

British dramas, particularly those involving cops, have a long history of being embraced by American critics and viewers, sometimes because they’re brilliant, other times because they’re just different. No matter where the crime scene is, London or some distant small town, there are usually a sea of ​​open arms when the finished product arrives here.

It would be easy for BBC America’s Prey to receive the same treatment. Presented as two three-part stories created and written by newcomer Chris Lunt and executive produced by Nicola Shindler, Prey has fantastic, engaging actors, consistent directors, and ticks a lot of boxes.

But ultimately, the writing isn’t quite there, hastily trying to cram relatively big ideas into each three-episode arc, and in the process revealing the story’s flaws.

Fortunately, Prey has Rosie Cavaliero as the centerpiece of each story. Lunt and Shindler seem to be trying to create something akin to Prime Suspect, focusing on the mid-career rise of DS Susan Reinhardt (Cavaliero) as she struggles to handle two difficult cases and perhaps establishing the trajectory of the later Jane Tennison ( given a gloriously complicated life by Helen Mirren).

That might be an unfair comparison, because Mirren is legendary and Prime Suspect is the zenith of British cop shows, but you certainly get a hint of that intent in Prey. If Cavaliero is up for the promotion, and she’s a terrific actress taking on a character that’s still coming into focus, the writing will need to get in shape to support her. She is not there yet.

What is not lacking is the acting, as Prey casts two magnificent actors to present both stories: John Simm (Life on Mars, State of Play, The Village) as a detective accused of killing his wife and one of his two children , and Philip Glenister as a by-the-book prison officer who inexplicably helps a prisoner escape.

Bolstered by a stacked roster of very capable British actors, Simm, Glenister and Cavaliero do their best to help you not worry about wasting your time. Whatever pitfalls may arise in the writing, the performances go full steam ahead.

Prey starts with Simm’s story and moves at lightning speed, thoroughly drawing you in and then disappointing you when he resolves himself and you realize he was based on intrigue he can’t adequately support. We meet Simm as DC Marcus Farrow investigating a dead body that conveniently resembles an old case (so old the files are on floppy disks). In a few scenes, Farrow is interviewing a suspect who vaguely threatens his family; shortly after, his wife and son are killed, and Farrow is the prime suspect.

He’s being tracked down by lead investigating officer Reinhardt, whose personal life is a mess because she can’t get over her failed marriage (her ex-husband is remarried and has a newborn). He simply puts in more hours at work and, as BBC America has put it, “finds comfort in eating his feelings.”

You may remember that Jane Tennison was a disaster in the relationship department and she worked long hours while she battled a serious drinking problem. Like Tennison before her, Reinhardt struggles on the male-dominated police force, with her co-workers believing she’s overmatched on the first case and struggling to prove her worth on the second after she’s passed over for a ascent.

It would be wonderful to follow Cavaliero as DS Reinhardt, making his way in this world, not only because it echoes an excellent actress and an excellent previous series, but also because Cavaliero’s subtle styles, perfectly playing a detective who is capable but still untested and reliable, make for an interesting character study. But Prey would have to shore up some of the storyboards going forward.

You can feel the problem in the first story, which opens Thursday night. The frenetic narrative, framed by a detective on the run, is entirely driven by Simm, an actor who has been so good in so many roles, dominating the screen every time. But here he is asked to do some things that don’t quite work, beginning with a very belated reaction to the news that one of his children also died the night he discovered his wife stabbed to death. in the kitchen.

It all happens too fast, just like the second story, in which prison officer Dave Murdoch goes from stable to unstable as he tries to protect his daughter.

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