But back to the movie. In Prey, the main character is Franck, an imprisoned bank robber. He's only a few months away from getting out and collecting the two million euros he has stashed from his last robbery. The problem is that his criminal partner wants to know where the money is right now. So does Franck's wife, who has their daughter to support and is having trouble making ends meet. Franck also finds himself reluctantly protecting his wimpy cellmate, a man apparently wrongfully accused of attacking a teenage girl. Franck refuses to tell anyone where the money is. He trusts no one, not even his wife. Franck becomes a wanted man in prison and when a opportunity presents itself he escapes. And here's where things get complicated. I won't let slip any spoilers, but let's just say that Franck has to run for his life and freedom while at the same time tracking down a serial killer.
A lot of the pleasure in this film comes from watching how the script manages to juggle different characters and plot elements and have them all come together in the end in a very satisfying way. You have to admire the skill that went into crafting this story. The film doesn't stint on the action, either. There are beaucoup chases, fights and gunplay, and the finale is a literal cliffhanger. The only weaknesses in the film are a couple of so-so performances by actors in secondary roles and some moments in the action sequences that just don't work. Albert Dupontel plays Franck and certainly looks the part of a hard-bitten con. Dupontel was also in A Very Long Engagement, written, of course, by Sebastien Japrisot.
If you're trying to track this film down beware of a similarly-titled French film called Proie. It was complete crap. This one's French title is La Proie, and it's well worth hunting down.