11 Things About The Predator Series That Make No Sense – SlashFilm


For a film so widely praised for its accuracy about First Peoples, “Prey” doesn’t portray wildlife accurately at all. It falls into the movie cliche that the wild kingdom is a murder machine where animals are fearless and attack anything.

One particularly egregious example is the rat that nibbles on the bisected leg of the very much alive French trapper, Big Beard (Mike Paterson). Would a rat really risk getting that close to something that might catch it or crush its little head? Movies routinely forget the flight half of the fight-or-flight instinct. Most animals, even big bad predators like cougars, don’t default to fight. Attacks are usually to obtain food, defend territory, or fend off a threat. Why would the cougar even bother attacking Namu when it’s just taken down her brother moments earlier? And when the bear first seems to have taken down the Predator and is ambling off, why does it turn around and attack the hardly-seen enemy again?

When an Earthly predator faces something it’s unsure it can safely take down, it’s not going to attack relentlessly; it’s most likely going to flee. Fighting any unknown is risky, and most animals want to stay alive and uninjured as much as we do. But in “Prey,” everything is not only killing everything else; when attacked by a semi-invisible unknown that probably smells, well, alien, the animals don’t flee. If something you can’t really see hits you and throws you around, are you gonna fight or beat feet … er, paws?

The “Predator” franchise isn’t the only one with logistical problems. Their foes from the “Alien” franchise have some perplexing details that make no sense too.

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