Entertainment: Prey Made Hollywood History Before It Even Hit Hulu

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While the "Predator" franchise has struggled for years to make a sequel that all fans can rally around, it looks as though we may have finally gotten it with "Prey." The latest movie in the series -- which is actually a prequel -- seems to be widely beloved by both fans and critics, marking it as the first film in the series to garner that sort of praise in decades, as shown on the franchise's Rotten Tomatoes page.

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"Prey" follows a group of Comanche warriors as they face off against the alien creature who is stalking them from the shadows of the vast wilderness around them. The film focuses primarily on Naru (Amber Midthunder), a hunter who contends with the fierce predator and tries to turn the tables on it in order to survive. Though this concept for the film, the first to flashback to a previous era for inspiration, is already a bold new step for the "Predator" franchise, the movie has also made history in a surprisingly new way.

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Prey Is The First Franchise Movie To Have A Wholly Indigenous Cast

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"Prey" is the first major franchise movie to ever boast an all-Native American cast. This is certainly an achievement to be proud of as, even when movies that focus on aboriginal or indigenous stories are made, they're often told from a white perspective. See "Dances with Wolves" or "Last of the Mohicans" for example.

Dan Trachtenberg (of "10 Cloverfield Lane" fame) is the director behind "Prey," and he was especially enthusiastic about the angle. "We're making a story about someone who is not really seen," Trachtenberg told Yahoo! Entertainment. "And have that also be about people that in media and pop culture are often relegated to playing the sidekick or the villain, never the hero."

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The director is right about that, as women of color are rarely thrust into the central roles for major franchises. Amber Midthunder, who stars in "Prey," was also immensely proud of the film that the team had put together. "It means everything in the world. That's the thing about the movie that I'm most proud of," Midthunder said.

"To show that indigenous people can be and do everything and add value where I think it hasn't been shown yet," she continued. "You so rarely see a period piece where indigenous people get to be full people. It's either people who are very savage or overly spiritual." It's definitely a huge step forward for representation, and it would seem that everyone behind "Prey" is glad to be part of such an important milestone.

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Why Prey Should Have Been Released In Theaters .
For a striking film like Prey, a highly anticipated entry in the Predator series, to be relegated to streaming is a grave disservice to cinema.Unfortunately, it isn't showing in theaters anywhere across the globe as it is instead coming straight to Hulu in the US and Disney+ where it's available elsewhere. This is a shame as the film is an exciting work that deserved to be seen on a big screen with all its visceral visuals and action on full display. While this is by no means the first time that something like this has happened in the streaming age, there still is the unshakeable feeling that this was a missed opportunity.

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