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Hunter Prey (2009)

1/09/2010. Contributed by Rod MacDonald

Buy Hunter Prey (2009) in the USA - or Buy Hunter Prey (2009) in the UK

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region 2 DVD: pub: Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment KAL8081. 1 DVD 88 minutes with extras. Price: 12.99 (UK))stars: Damian Potier, Clark Bantram, Isaac Singleton Jr, Simon Potter and Erin Gray.

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This is the DVD of the movie 'Hunter Prey' which was released in 2009. As far as I know, it didn't appear in the majority of cinemas and the DVD will probably be the first opportunity for most people to see it.

The setting is an alien desert planet, searingly hot with blue skies. Obviously inhospitable, life is virtually non-existent apart from a few slithering things in the sand. Alien moons hang in the sky above.

A spaceship has crashed on the surface and is lying in pieces but four soldiers have survived. Obviously not ordinary soldiers, they are completely covered in body armour and have helmets of a Roman or Greek design. Someone opens fire and soon there are only three soldiers left alive.

The soldiers have electronic companions, small devices that fit into their belts. One of the soldiers, called Centauri 7, seems to have a great relationship with Clea, a female voice with some personality, who looks after his every need. She is able to scan the countryside for attackers, ease the pain from his wounds and suggest possible strategic manoeuvres. As events unfold, Clea plays a very important part in the movie.

The soldiers are informed that they will be picked up in one hundred hours. In the meantime, they have been attacked by an assailant. It is also the case that this particular assailant was a prisoner who must be re-taken at all costs. Matters are not improved when the soldiers start arguing amongst themselves.

Eventually, the soldiers are able to take off their helmets and thus we can see who they really are. The same is true with the escaped prisoner. Unfortunately, saying much more about this movie would be a spoiler and I don't want to ruin it for you. Suffice to say, the plot becomes more complex with the arrival of a bounty hunter and it becomes evident that the characters are in the midst of an interstellar war.

This isn't like 'Predator' or any other Science Fiction movie that comes to mind. I think it has a character of its own. The main parts are played by actors Damian Potier and Clark Bantram, with subsidiary roles by Isaac Singleton Jr, Simon Potter and Erin Gray, who played the computer voice Clea. There were no extra features.

At first glance, this movie seems to be a low-budget affair with not much going on of any interest. True, it is low-budget but remarkably well-made and despite its limitations, it is compelling watching. In fact, I would say the financial restrictions forced the writer to make an even better drama out of what was available. The twists and turns in the plot are very intriguing. I was pleasantly surprised and I think you will be too if you get this DVD.

Rod MacDonald

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