French manhunt, ‘Fugitive’ style

Albert Dupontel (with Alice Taglioni) plays a convict on the run in “The Prey,” a thriller from director Eric Valette.
Albert Dupontel (with Alice Taglioni) plays a convict on the run in “The Prey,” a thriller from director Eric Valette.Credit: Cohen Media Group

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THE PREY

When it comes to tough guys in tough-guy movies, the French, surprisingly, are the toughest of all. Take Albert Dupontel, who plays Franck, the convict on the run in Eric Valette’s loopy, dumb, and entertaining 2011 thriller “The Prey.”

In short order he’s dispatched three Russian thugs (twice), jumped out of a multi-story building (twice), taken a screwdriver in the ear, stopped a couple of bullets, run the wrong way down a busy highway while being pursued by the police, and gone for a ride on the roof of a speeding train. If comparisons are to be made to Harrison Ford in “The Fugitive,” I’d take Dupontel, hands down. Franck is so tough he needs an extra consonant in his name.

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