Welcome to Adventures in Netflix! episode 11. today I’ll be reviewing the 2009 indi sci fi film Hunter Prey.
All I knew going into Hunter Prey was that it was a low budget movie (425,000 to be precise), and I honestly didn’t think it would be anything special. I was wrong. Hunter Prey is science fiction at its best; well written, relatable characters, interesting and imaginative technology, and a timeless story that transcends its alien trappings.
The story begins when the spaceship Prometheus, while transporting a dangerous prisoner, crash lands on a desert world. The prisoner escapes, and the surviving solders must endure the elements, and each other, in order to hunt down and capture it.
Hunter Prey makes the most of its meager budget, telling a minimalistic science fiction story that could almost work as a western–almost, but not quite. There were just enough sci fi dependent story elements and plot twists that I never felt like the desert setting and lack of big spaceships was a result of budgetary restrictions, but simply the way the story needed to be. After all, at the end of the day it’s not the set pieces and flashy effects that make us fall in love with a science fiction movie; they may help, but it’s the story and characters that we really love.
What surprised me even more than the quality of the story were the props, costumes, and make up, all of which were excellent. The soldiers’ weapons were all altered Nerf guns, but they were so well painted that I only realized it after the fact. The armor and uniforms were good as well, and struck a nice balance between functionality and esthetics, something a lot of sci fi fails to do.
It seems like cinematography, and to a lesser extent music, often get overlooked when talking about movies, probably due in part to the fact that they are usually adequate, but uninteresting. Not the case here. The music of Hunter Prey was better than that of a great many full budget movies and TV shows, with fitting hints of both Star Wars and Terminator, and the camerawork was excellent, with plenty of beautiful shots of the characters moving through the harsh, desert landscapes.
The make up and creature effects, while somewhat standard, also impressed me a great deal, and I thought they were quite a bit more believable than a lot of what’s out there in the world of science fiction.
If you’re a fan of science fiction, or just like really well crafted indie movies, Hunter Prey is definitely worth a watch.