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"Hunter Prey" (DVD) - Reviewed by Tyler Stripko

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Synopsis

After the crash of their spacecraft on a barren desert planet, the surviving crew members of the Prometheus must track down a prisoner who has escaped from the wreckage.   However, the prisoner turns out to be far more dangerous than any of the soldiers expected and the hunters quickly become the prey.

Specifications

  • Maya Entertainment
  • 2010, Color, Not Rated, 1 Hr 28 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Codec: MPEG-2
  • 480i
  • English 5.1 Dolby Digital
  • Starring: Isaac C Singleton Jr, Clark Bartram, Damion Poitier, Simon Potter, Erin Gray
  • Directed by Sandy Collora
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: None
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

“Hunter Prey” is the first full-length feature from Sandy Collora, the guy who made the much praised short film “Batman: Dead End.”  Frankly, I didn’t think “Batman: Dead End” was all that special (okay, it did have Batman, the Joker, Aliens, and Predators in it – and they all fight), but given the current state of sci-fi/comic movies I guess it could be considered better than average.   I don’t know what the budget was for this film, but it must have been really small.  The “sets” are nothing more than empty desert and the few CGI scenes are pretty sad.  The alien costumes and makeup looked like an amateur effort out of film school to my eyes.  The uniforms of the soldiers are a blatant rip-off of Boba Fett and there are numerous cues to “Enemy Mine” (Dracs), “Battlestar Galactica” (the frak you say?), and other sci-fi classics.    I know that I should be more kind to independent filmmakers such as Collora who show promise, so I’ll now focus on the good stuff.   The story prods along slowly for the first half of the film but gradually picks up in the second half.  There are some interesting plot turns which I rather enjoyed and there is a good moral conundrum thrown into the mix.  The acting was surprisingly good considering the trite dialogue.  The action scenes are entertaining, though the elite soldiers from the Prometheus seem to be lacking much in the way of military tactics (or common sense).   The ending leaves the story unfinished and begging for a sequel.    Die-hard sci-fi fans will probably find a viewing worth their time.

Technical

Considering the budget nature of this movie, the picture quality was excellent.  The image was incredibly sharp for a DVD.  Colors were nicely saturated and contrast was excellent.  There are a few shots that wash out a bit in the bright desert sun, but considering the shooting conditions that is hardly a surprise.  There were quite a few shots that looked almost high-def.  Sound quality was not quite as good as the picture, but it was still much better than I expected.  The drum heavy soundtrack had great weight and clarity.  Dialogue is clear for the most part, though there were some scenes that were a bit muffled.  Surround use is adequate and is often used to highlight the swirling winds of the desert.

Extras

Included on the disc are a director’s commentary and a making-of featurette.