Tagger (Nick Chinlund) leads a ragtag team of US soldiers in Afghanistan in search of the Taliban. They know what they’re doing and they’re professional despite their unusual methods, but this time the enemy has the upper hand and the troop find themselves trapped in a cave.
Left to survive and rely on their training, the gang pull together and search the cave to find another way out. However, as they go deeper, they start to get the feeling that they’re not alone and there may be something watching. Things get even worse though when they find something they shouldn’t have and they start seeing things that aren’t really there.
The Prey: Legend of Karnoctus is an action movie which pays homage to films from the Eighties where a group of big burly men armed to the teeth get trapped in a seemingly impossible situation in which they have to escape. All the men have their own personalities and it’s obvious to see where the influences come from.
Everyone from the gruff and deep voiced Reid (Kevin Grevioux) to the nerdy, glasses wearing Sullivan (Matt Musgrove) are represented. Although despite their differences, the chemistry and banter in the group is fun and keep things moving along.
However, it’s very clearly meant to be a Predator homage and those who are familiar with the classic Arnold Schwarzenegger movie will know where the story is going. Also, the inclusion of Danny Trejo may bring in a certain kind of audience, but those fans may be disappointed as his involvement is minimal. Although this is the danger of bringing together an ensemble cast, as not everyone is going to get equal screen time.
There is seemingly a very strict formula which the film tries to follow in order to evoke its biggest influence, but there is also an attempt to bring in another element to make it stand out. However, this only seems to be in there to pad out the running time and adds very little to the plot. It may have also been nice to understand more about the mythical creature in the title other than just knowing that it’s dangerous.
The Prey: Legend of Karnoctus doesn’t exactly reinvent the wheel when it comes to updating monster movies of its kind and the ending does feel rather rushed. However, there are fun moments as long as you don’t set your expectations too high.
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