Before the latest Predator franchise prequelPrey, directed by Dan Trachtenberg, premiered on August 5, 2022 on Hulu, many people on the internet had assumed different opinions on the project. First, there was some hesitation from longtime audiences to accept a female lead as the main character, as many have called it. “awake propaganda”. Second, following Shane Black’s misfires The predator, which was considered disappointing, some fans were suspicious of how the Hulu effort would work. It turns out that these people were wrong – in the best possible way.
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The latest film surpasses its predecessor
According to a recent report by Rotten Tomatoes, Prey has officially passed the first Predator movie, which featured Arnold Schwarzenegger — that too by a few miles — as the franchise’s highest-rated film. As for the rating, the official Last Attempt Tomatometer is first with 92%, while the original movie is second with an 80% rating.
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If you’re just not convinced by the ratings, you can count on the critics who have nothing but applause for the film. In fact, even in previous reviews just before the official release of the film, only praise could be seen for the Hulu film. Many have described the premise as “brutal, rich and deep” which sums up the feelings of the film perfectly. Amber Midthunder, who we see as the Comanche warrior Naru in the film, has been hailed for her strong and prodigious portrayal. The brutal, bloody and gruesome premise has been quite promising and netizens who may have had mixed opinions before the movie was released also support it.
People’s Positive Reaction to Prey (2022)
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People on Twitter have pointed out how there’s been a recent trend in film criticism that is quick to consider any movie featuring a woman as the lead character as “wake up”. Just as there have been comments that still think that Prey is part of an elaborate woke propaganda that Hollywood is trying to carry out, with many people refuting these claims and expressing how the franchise’s 2022 film deserves all the praise it receives. If anything, it’s a big comeback for the franchise after its lukewarm attempt to make one.
Here’s what fans had to say:
“Prey just woke up flattering, they ruined the franchise. It’s totally unrealistic for a girl to defeat an invisible trophy-hunting alien.” pic.twitter.com/Pgfwc0hgKk
— James Tullos, the 1st Lambda male (@ForTullos) August 7, 2022
people calling the movie Prey woke up when Predator 1 was a deconstruction of toxic masculinity💀
— Max the Terminator (@ITSSLADEWILSON) August 8, 2022
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People who think PREY is “woke” are breathing heavily and apparently haven’t seen all of the Predator movies.
— Tara Ansley (@TaraAnsley) August 7, 2022
This tweet is sent to everyone who made fun of #PreyMovie and boycotted because the protagonist is a woman
Prey is his franchise’s masterpiece and the fanatics still lose pic.twitter.com/bZ4ko4N7kK
—Steve Rogers (@SteveRogers1943) August 6, 2022
The reception given to Dan Trachtenberg’s film proves that it is always better to try than to deny immediately. Preywhich stars Amber Midthunder as the title character, is now streaming exclusively on Hulu.
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