Amber Midthunder Hits Back At Prey Critics For Calling The Movie Woke

We'll listen to her first.

By Britta DeVore | Published

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Since crashing onto Hulu back in early August, the new Predator-universe based film Prey has been gaining tons of attention from audiences and critics alike. While many have been praising the film, with some even saying it’s the best one to come out of the franchise yet, several viewers are slamming the production for what they’ve perceived to be a “woke” message. And now, in a recent interview with People, the film’s leading lady Amber Midthunder has fired back with a response to those haters.

The main complaint coming from the naysayers centers around the action flick’s main showdown between a young female from hundreds of years ago, before modern technology and weaponry, and a giant alien Predator. As Amber Midthunder put it in her interview, “those people have no idea what they’re talking about.” A member of the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribe, Midthunder said that while she learned a lot about the Comanche people while filming the project, most people aren’t quite that enlightened when it comes to Native American people. She went on to say that these trolls were “coming from a place of ignorance” and didn’t understand how terrific the Comanche were as warriors.

The Prey actress went on to praise the film’s director, Dan Trachtenberg for doing his homework on the subjects that he was covering. Referring to the negative comments as “just noise,” Amber Midthunder further shuts them down by saying that our culture is so out of the loop when it comes to Native American history that many are unaware that there are different tribes and languages – making each and every one its own special and unique culture. Further bringing heat to her words, Midthunder informed the publication that the Comanche people weren’t only revered as being “some of the fiercest warriors” of that time, but that the film follows closely to their “female-warrior” culture, something that made them even more well known. 

Amber Midthunder in Prey (2022)

In the sci-fi action thriller, Amber Midthunder starred as Naru, a Comanche warrior who takes it upon herself to track down and kill a brutal humanoid alien who has been killing members of her tribe for fun. The film transports audiences to the Northern Great Plains in North America in 1719 and has side plots surrounding the French fur traders clashing with the Comanche people as well. Although it’s the fifth film in the franchise, Prey serves as a prequel to the other four films. Starring alongside Midthunder in the sci-fi flick are Dakota Beavers, Michelle Thrush, Stormee Kipp, Julian Black Antelope, Bennett Taylor, and Dane DiLiegro.

At the end of the day, haters are gonna hate, but the numbers show that for the most part, Predator fans have been largely supportive of the new film. Immediately nabbing the title of Hulu’s number 1 most-watched premiere of all time, the film sits on Rotten Tomatoes with a critic’s score of 93% and an audience score of 76%. With viewers sharing so much love for the film, we couldn’t agree with Amber Midthunder more when she said that she believes that the cast and Trachtenberg have been making a lot of folks “eat their words.”