Eric Valette (shown at right), together with his screen-writers Laurent Turner and Luc Bossi, gives us a story that starts in one direction then veers in another and yet another as we gladly race along keeping up. Don't get too attached to all the characters, however; as in life, some of the good folk leave us as young and untimely as we might wish for the evil ones. That said, The Prey tends to be more conventional in its use of bad guys and good than Tell No One (or the also excellent French thrillers Point Blank and Sleepless Night). There are no big conspiracies here, and the cops, though they may be dumb, are at least decent.
Albert Dupontel (two photos above, of Paris and Intimate Enemies) and Alice Taglioni (just above, and lately seen here in Paris Manhattan). Both actors are quite good, with the gorgeous Ms Taglioni more convincing that you might think as a cop who can rough-house and fight with the best of the boys.
Sergi López (above, as an ex-cop with a big beef) to Natacha Régnier (below, left, as one of the screen's more memorable "enablers," a lady who takes "help-meet" to rather horrifying limits). New to me and creepily memorable is Stéphane Debac (below, with rifle) as the kind of antagonist you'd do well to avoid -- if only you could realize what he was up to in time.
Cohen Media Group, in French with English subtitles and running 102 minutes, the movie opens this Friday, June 7, at AMC theaters across the country. Here in New York City it's at the Empire 25; in the Los Angeles area at the Burbank Town Center 8; in Boston at the Boston Commons 19; in Phoenix at the "dine-in" Esplanade; and in Seattle at the Pacific Place 11.