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Hunter Prey Review | Sci-fi Thriller Indie Movie

Hunter Prey Review | Sci-fi Thriller Indie Movie

Hunter Prey is a low-budget independent movie
that manages to do what many and much better-financed science fictions flicks fail to do: it creates
a believable sci-fi atmosphere. Join me after the intro for a super spoiler-free
review of Hunter Prey. The realm of proper science fiction movies
has become rather populated in recent years with some pretty cool titles. When I say “proper” I mean to refer to
anything that’s not Transformers horseshit. This sci-fi resurgence has lead to not only
a big-screen reboot of Star Trek – which is decidedly both hit AND miss – but Star Wars
is back in a big-bad way and there have been many other titles that have made a name for
themselves within the genre. Technically comic-book movies can easily be
described as sci-fi but since they’ve become more of their own genre, I’m not adding
any of them on this list. However, some of those good titles notwithstanding,
the large bulk of recent sci-fi has been, Joe? This is where the Hunter Prey movie comes
in, a low-budget, independent science fiction flick from 2010 which managed to do what so
many of the other sci-fi entries fail to: creates a believable sci-fi atmosphere. And I’ll talk about it whilst avoiding spoilers
because Hunter Prey’s story is based around two big reveals, which I WILL NOT spoil. Anyway, the movie starts off with a quote
from Charles Darwin which will prove to be rather reflective of the film’s plot, after
which we’re thrown right into an action scene. However, the movie is careful to give us a
few establishing shots so that we understand that the events are set on a desert and rocky
planet. The survivors of a crashed ship are under
attack from the prisoner they were transporting. They wear what looks like armor and helmets
that are a cross between Cylons and the Outcast Power Armor from Fallout 3. It becomes apparent immediately that they
are part of some sort of military outfit. The basic setup of the movie is your average
cat and mouse game, with the soldiers tracking down their escaped prisoner. However, as the story unfolds – and as hinted
at by the movie’s title – the roles are actually reversed, with the “prey” setting
up ambushes and taking out its “hunters” one by one. I mentioned earlier that the movie has two
major reveals and they are rather central to the overall storyline. The first one is very underplayed, with the
movie acting as if we should’ve expected it and the second one is played legit, unless
you weren’t already thrown off by the first one and thought all bets are off. It’s definitely a weird choice from the
filmmaker’s perspective, especially considering how all the trailers and most of the posters
bank on the reveals. I, on the other hand, went into this movie
cold and I think I got the maximum brunt of the reveals’ impact. I would suggest you do the same if this seems
like the sort of thing that you’d be into. It should be noted that the armor the soldiers
wear is red, thus implying aggression, and also that their ranks are illustrated on their
helmets with central crests, very reminiscent of those that Roman legionnaires and centurions
had on their helmets. All of these things put together clearly paint
a picture of a very belligerent race of beings. These visual cues are only confirmed a bit
later into the movie when we find out a bit more, both about the conquest-based politics
and philosophy of the soldiers, as well as the reason behind the prisoner’s problems. Hunter Prey is a great sci-fi thriller, but
probably due to its low budget it does suffer in the pacing department. There are long periods of the movie where
people are just walking and hiding behind rocks however, I do have to handed to the
filmmakers because they used their surroundings to the maximum. You really do get a sense that the characters
are in fact on a very harsh planet. The general look of desolation also lends
itself to keeping the viewers focus on the central plotline, which even though it might
get sluggish at times it doesn’t get bogged down. I would be amiss to not mention how well-shot
this movie is. The Director of Photography did a great job
with whatever he had to work with. At its core the plot isn’t something original
but nothing really is original, it’s all in the execution and in this case, the twists
the story takes. But important thing is that the characters
never feel like cardboard cut-outs, they all act as you might expect characters in their
situation to act. Not to mention the fact that there’s one
character who is aware of what is going on and acts accordingly and I can’t mention
how refreshing that was because I didn’t find myself predicting what the ending will
be, instead I was wondering that. And as far as I’m concerned, that’s a
good thing.- There was this one time though, when I found
myself yelling at the movie for being stupid. There’s this one scene where the supposedly
military trained survivors walk into an ambush so blatant that it borders on the silly however,
one of them does recognize this so that made me calm down. The Hunter Prey movie is a great effort, especially
when you consider the budget, to bring a classic-style science fiction story to the screen, while
a bit slow on occasion it’s unlikely that you’ll be bored by the end. It’s a great watch for all fans of science
fiction literature and movies. And that’s it for my Hunter Prey super spoiler-free
review. If you liked the video don’t forget to like
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see you soon.

4 thoughts on “Hunter Prey Review | Sci-fi Thriller Indie Movie”

  1. I have to say I really, really enjoyed and was thrilled by this syfi epic and I must say epic does seem like the word that fits in nicely here. I have to say in many ways I found this movie more classic than the new star wars movie and also much better from the visuals to the characters even if granted the movie was a lot of walking around and more takie takie but I enjoy movies with more character development rather than pointless action unless its an Arnold classic or Rambo then that shit just needs to be badass action. moving bak onto topic I found this movie one of the best I've seen in along time and it was in my opinion pure movie magic!! great video bye the way 🙂

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