Among the deadliest aliens in movie history, the Predator occupies a prominent place. Since his arrival in 1987, in the film directed by John McTiernan, he demonstrated his skills in hunting humans, from whom he collected their skulls. Even Arnold Schwarzenegger had a hard time defeating a violent and cruel being. The success of the film, which with a budget of $15 million hit 100 worldwide, caused a sequel set in miserable Los Angeles that couldn’t replicate the film.
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However, predator (or predator)She became one of those iconic characters that became part of the collective imagination. Perhaps for this reason, Hollywood from time to time tries to save the franchise. He tried it by mixing the Predator with Alien, and also gave Shane Black a new batch in 2018, which didn’t work out the way it should commercially. Four years later, try again predator: prey (Starting August 5 on Disney+). Perhaps to avoid a potential catastrophe at the box office, or simply because consumption forms have changed, the new installment arrives directly at the platform flow.
This remake is the best that has been produced since the original ’87, thanks to the direction of Dan Trachtenberg, who has already shown his ability to create an atmosphere of tension and illness in the Cloverfield Street 10, Here he confirms this with a film showing his work in 1709 and highlighting the importance of the Comanche Indians. Draws a parallel between the predator and the original offspring. Both are hunter-gatherers. do building excitement Staying almost silent, with few dialogues, very physical and original and violent scenes. As if that wasn’t enough, the efforts of Trachtenberg and producer Jhane Myers, who is from the Comanche tribe, made it possible to watch the film dubbed into the traditional language of the Indians. An achievement in terms of acting.
The director had in mind to make a film in which it would be the work that would enhance the narrative and follow in the footsteps of a recent film that marked him, such as Mad Max: Fury Road. A film that was “a profound experience, but also an emotional one”. He also thought about the cliché of sports films, the character being called in the United States The underdog. This player who has never been taken off the bench, but who has a chance to shine on the most important night. over here underdog She is the little sister of a tribal chief who wants to show off her hunting skills. He will face the greatest threat: a predator that flogs and cuts animals and humans.
There were two other elements to the concept: blending a historical period with science fiction and bringing in a “staff you don’t normally see in movies.” Trachtenberg says about the origin of predator: prey. For Myers, this project is a dream. To be able to make a film of the saga that she loved and above all blended with the natives, which is what makes her proud as a “member of the Comanche nation”.
Absolute protagonist Amber Midthunter, a member of the Fort Peck Sioux Reservation, also feels this proud: “To me the film is very important because of what it means in terms of representing Aboriginal people and because of how accurate it is in how it shows Comanche culture and that time period. Jehan Myers, Our producer, Comanche, made sure everything was meticulously handled, and that’s what excites me the most about the film.”
Midthunter holds the movie on his face. She barely has lines of dialogue in a physical and powerful performance that makes her an ideal heroine. Finding Pour Which was key to the director: “We were so lucky to find someone like her, an actress who is able to convey so much without uttering a word and make even physical challenges become dramatic moments in which to tell stories. To make it feel dramatic, which isn’t that easy.”
When the first trailer for predator: prey There was a lot of criticism because she was taught in English. Many pointed to the reason why the Comanche language was not preserved, to which the film producer responded decisively to the controversy, explaining that the film can be viewed in this language: “I am a Comanche, and the film is in Comanche. This is the first time that a film can be viewed entirely in Comanche, and this is wonderful. So if you want, you can watch it in Spanish, then in Comanche, and then you have to watch it twice.” A new look at the universe predator Which revives the franchise and gives it a new vibe it needs.