The Prey movie has successfully redeemed the Predator franchise to its glory days and Amber Midthunder’s performance as Naru, the striving Comanche hunter facing off Yautja, the extraterrestrial Predator has been the highlight of many acclaimed responses on social media. The movie directed by Dan Trachtenberg has already critically outscored the 1987 movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The verdict for the Prey movie was out early on after its world premiere at SDCC 2022, even earning a standing ovation. Still, any hesitation among moviegoers, especially within Predator aficionados was cast away after learning the 10 Cloverfield Lane helmer has taken the franchise in a new and faithful direction whilst keeping it R-rated.
While viewers seem more than satisfied with the film’s 1719 setting and the brutal Predator kill sequences along with the chilling background score, many are attributing the success to Midthunder’s portrayal as a young hunter fighting her tribe’s sexist point of view, a Native Mexican actress herself playing as a Comanche warrior – the lead of the film. There are already talks for a sequel among fans, hopefully in the same direction. Readers can check out reactions below with even Midthunder responding to a few of the praises, some even from Hollywood stars like Mark Ruffalo. Also, few pointed out the actor’s role in FX’s Legion series which also earned her applause. In addition, there’s already a growing campaign to see the star get another chance at a superhero franchise, perhaps a grown-up X-23 for MCU maybe? (Take the hint, Kevin Feige).
"You bled my brother. So now you bleed. You think that I am not a hunter like you. That I am not a threat. That is what makes me dangerous. You can't see that I'm killing you. And it won't either."
— Henning 💚 She-Hulk Era (@SestraHulk) August 6, 2022
Amber Midthunder was the star of the show, but shoutout to the homie Dakota Beavers for his Supporting Hunk role as her brother Taabe in PREY, mufucka went hard!! pic.twitter.com/UM7Ylwj35Y
— VyceVictus (@VyceVictus) August 6, 2022
So very proud and happy for Amber Midthunder. She got her SAG/Aftra card on #Longmire when she was but a teen. I knew this beautiful, talented young lady was going places. Congrats and Continued Success. https://t.co/VcdyZijHve
— Lou Diamond Phillips (@LouDPhillips) August 6, 2022
Amber Midthunder should be getting phone calls nonstop to be the star of new movies for the rest of her life
— Wyld Eyetalian Stallyn (@ragingbull1990) August 6, 2022
And then give Amber Midthunder a superhero movie for her to star in.
WHAT A MOVIE.
— Gail Simone 💙💛 (@GailSimone) August 6, 2022
skip logan, make amber midthunder the current wolverine of the mcu as laura
idc. give her everything pic.twitter.com/VjriEZKNnY
— rob (@robsauerweinx) August 6, 2022
obsessed w this 🥺 https://t.co/PbOJIAQOU9
— Amber Midthunder (@AmberMidthunder) August 7, 2022
PREY rules. Amber Midthunder is stunning. pic.twitter.com/91OYBM512D
— Mary Beth McAndrews (@mbmcandrews) August 6, 2022
— Amber Midthunder (@AmberMidthunder) August 7, 2022
#PreyMovie slaps so damn hard! A truly brilliant installment to the Predator franchise. It's beautiful, epic, fun and absolutely kickass. Amber Midthunder is amazing in the lead and the cinematography and brutal action is on point. Easily one of my faves this year 🔥 pic.twitter.com/AGTURQMZy4
— D.K.N ☪️ (@YorkshireH0bbit) August 6, 2022
Naru is easily one of the best new protagonists in the Predator franchise.
Amber Midthunder deserves ALL the awards for bringing such an astounding journey to life in such an interesting way. pic.twitter.com/sy36nnxdFi
— haylbal (@berri_puddin) August 6, 2022
I can’t think of such a huge turn around to a franchise in a good way more than the Predator series.
Prey is phenomenal it has everything you need a predator movie…suspense, strong atmosphere, great kills and just overall entertaining as well. Amber Midthunder is fantastic. pic.twitter.com/O4mNJWyr1O
— Jerome! (@JeromeM94Movies) August 6, 2022
— Amber Midthunder (@AmberMidthunder) August 6, 2022
Hey so Prey is just fucking outstanding, right?
Like I enjoy Predator for the cheesy macho monster action flick it is but this thing was just A Great Movie with no qualifiers, holy hell
If Amber Midthunder isn't the next big star in Hollywood there is no justice
— The Italian Misato Katsuragi (@Blankzilla) August 6, 2022
To everyone discovering what a badass Amber Midthunder is in PREY… might I also recommend FX’s Legion? pic.twitter.com/PO208sSmJG
— Alex Klimavich (@lifeinanutshel) August 5, 2022
If Dafne Keen doesn’t want to come back to play X-23 or if Marvel want a older X-23 I could see Marvel trying to get Amber Midthunder to play X-23 in the MCU one day 😍 https://t.co/CC1cpOXXXp
— JonnyLeTran5 👑 (@JonnyLeTran5) August 7, 2022
Amber Midthunder is a member of the Fort Peck Sioux Tribe.
Watch Prey on Hulu—it’s amazing!
Authentic to the culture, gorgeous scenery (Stoney Nakoda Nation) & a great horror movie. https://t.co/I4qJdzH22P
— Ruth H. Robertson (Red Road Woman) (@Ruth_HHopkins) August 6, 2022
— Steven Spoilsberg (@heavyspoilers) August 6, 2022
The Prey movie takes away the modern tactical weaponry that easily outclasses humans against a Predator. In fact, director Trachtenberg confirmed the removal of Predator’s Plasma Caster, a Gatling gun of sorts capable of taking out multiple targets. Stating “it just felt like such an instant win button.”
The action-thriller Prey movie from Hulu continues to earn massive praises as the film rolls out on streaming services such as Disney+ Hotstar Malaysia. But the biggest disappointment for Prey fans is the lack of a theatrical push. On the brighter side, Prey is available to watch in the Comanche dub too, as producer Jhane Myers revealed that the script was first penned in the Native American tribe’s Numic language.
Prey movie also stars Dane DiLiegro playing the Predator in costume, Dakota Beavers, Michelle Thrush, Stormee Kipp and Julian Black Antelope, the movie is currently available to stream on Hulu and select Disney+ services.
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