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“Stop calling female led movies as woke propaganda”: Prey Becomes Highest Rated Film in the Franchise Leaving Behind the Original Predator

Prey Becomes Highest Rated Film in the Franchise

Before the latest prequel in the Predator franchise, Prey, directed by Dan Trachtenberg, made its release on August 5th, 2022 on Hulu, many folks on the internet had presumed different opinions about the project. Firstly, there was some hesitancy on the long-time audience’s behalf to accept a female lead as the main character, as many termed it “woke propaganda”. Secondly, following the misfire of Shane Black’s The Predator, which was deemed underwhelming, some fans were wary as to how the Hulu endeavor would work out. Turns out, those people have been proved wrong — in the best way possible.

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Amber Midthunder as Naru in Prey

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The Latest Film Surpasses Its Predecessor

According to a recent Rotten Tomatoes report, Prey has officially surpassed the first Predator movie, which featured Arnold Schwarzenegger — that too by quite a few miles — as the highest-rated movie in the franchise. When it comes to the rating, the official Tomatometer for the latest endeavor stands first at a whopping 92%, while the original movie stands second with a rating of 80%.

Prey (2022)
Prey (2022)

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If you’re simply not convinced by the ratings, you can depend on the reviewers who have nothing but applauds for the movie. In fact, even in the earlier reviews, just before the film’s official release, only praises could be seen for the Hulu film. Many have described the premise as “brutal, rich, and profound” which perfectly encapsulates the sentiments of the film. Amber Midthunder, who we see as Comanche warrior Naru in the film, has been lauded for her strong and stupendous portrayal. The brutal, bloody, and horrific premise has been quite promising and the folks on the internet, who may have had mixed opinions before the film’s release, are now coming up in support of it as well.

People’s Positive Reaction To The Prey (2022)

People are praising the Predator prequel
People are praising the Predator prequel

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People on Twitter have emphasized how there is a recent trend in film criticism that is quick to deem any film that stars a woman as the lead character as “woke”. Just as how there have been comments which still think that Prey is a part of an elaborate woke propaganda that Hollywood is trying to carry out, many people are refuting these claims and expressing how the 2022 film in the franchise deserves all the praises it is getting. If anything, it is a great comeback for the franchise following its prior lukewarm attempt at making one.

This is what the fans had to say:

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The reception for the Dan Trachtenberg film proves that it is always better to try than immediately deny. Prey, which stars Amber Midthunder as the main character, is now streaming exclusively on Hulu.

Source: Twitter

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Written by Debdipta Bhattacharya

Always having had a deep fascination for content creation and pop-culture, Debdipta joined as a writer at FandomWire in 2022. Currently pursuing an undergraduate Mass Communication degree, Debdipta enjoys the intricacies of cinema and film-making, with a year of screenwriting experience to account for. Besides her knack for writing, she's also an avid reader, a connoisseur of music across all genres, and a die-hard fan of Charlie Kaufman.