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The Prey (2011)

La proie (original title)
R | | Action, Crime, Drama | 7 June 2013 (USA)
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Bank-robber Franck Adrien is serving a prison sentence after robbing a national bank. Before he was caught he managed to hide the money but now it's not just the police who are looking for ... See full summary »

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Eric Valette

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Laurent Turner (scenario), Luc Bossi (scenario) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Albert Dupontel ... Franck Adrien
Alice Taglioni ... Claire Linné
Stéphane Debac ... Jean-Louis Maurel
Sergi López ... Manuel Carrega
Natacha Régnier ... Christine Maurel
Serge Hazanavicius ... Lafay
Zinedine Soualem ... Lucciani
Caterina Murino ... Anna Adrien
Lucien Jean-Baptiste Lucien Jean-Baptiste ... Alex
Jean-Marie Winling Jean-Marie Winling ... Robert Pascaud
Yves Verhoeven Yves Verhoeven ... Brice, le maton
Claire Bouanich Claire Bouanich ... Mélissa
Olivier Schneider ... Novick
Yves Girard ... Manzon
Patrick Steltzer Patrick Steltzer ... Costa
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Storyline

Bank-robber Franck Adrien is serving a prison sentence after robbing a national bank. Before he was caught he managed to hide the money but now it's not just the police who are looking for the money. His cell-mate is Jean-Louis Maurel, an alleged rapist/child molester who claims his innocence. When the court finds Maurel not guilty, Maurel promises to look after Franck's family when he gets out. But one day, a man called Manuel Carrega tells Franck that Maurel is a suspected serial killer and that Franck's family is in danger. Franck escapes from prison and police officer Claire Linné and her team take up the chase. Written by curtherzstark

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

7 June 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Prey See more »

Filming Locations:

Prague, Czech Republic See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR9,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,889, 9 June 2013

Gross USA:

$13,959

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,102,666
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Riveting French action thriller
15 July 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

THE PREY is yet another example of the riveting action thriller that the French have been putting out lately. The originator of the genre was Fred Cavaye's ANYTHING FOR HER, which really picked up in terms of intensity in the second half, while the recent likes of SLEEPLESS NIGHT, POINT BLANK, and MEA CULPA have shown that the French are head and shoulders above British or American attempts at the genre.

Like those movies, THE PREY has a lean, pared-down plot which is basically a chase thriller. I won't spoil the storyline too much, suffice to say that the protagonist is a petty criminal who must escape from jail to go after an even greater foe. The narrative is chock-full of stunt sequences, intense and suspenseful chase moments, and even some brutal fight scenes which really propel things along.

Albert Dupontel is really great as the put-upon lead but Alice Taglioni and Sergi Lopez are also particularly good among a solid supporting cast. The best things about the film are the direction and the cinematography which combine to deliver a realistic and gritty thriller and one that the viewer can thoroughly get caught up in. An eye-popping prison fight is the highlight here. The ending is a little lacklustre, but it's no matter when the rest of the film has been so fantastically engrossing.


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