Sandy Collora is perhaps best known as the man who directed the cult short film Batman: Dead End, praised by Kevin Smith as possibly the truest, best Batman movie ever made , albeit before the Nolan era. Now, seven years later, Collora has thrown off the shackles of his short film career with the release of his debut feature film Hunter Prey, a science fiction spectacular with the same heart and soul as the glorious Sci-fi of the mid 1980 s. the much-celebrated director and FX designer has his DVD debut December 2010
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Without giving away spoilers, it is full of twist after twist after twist. The acting is top notch, I'm not familiar with the actors but they did a fantastic job. I saw this movie very early in the morning on cable and could not forget it. I have never seen it on any other medium, Netflix, Hulu, anything. I finally decided to just purchase it because I wanted to watch it again. I almost never purchase DVDs anymore but this one I had to buy.
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The characters get us involved and have nice arcs as the story progresses, giving us more and more information along the way about who they are and what has put them on this desert rock of a planet. The character work by the actors is great, making the most of the opportunities even through heavy prosthetics in some cases.
For fans of science fiction films the plot points can be a bit derivative causing the viewer to draw comparisons to many other films and tv shows but as a whole it presents a new take on those elements. The costumes and design work are the same, baring similarities to what you've seen before and drawing on pop culture, but clearly not intending to knock off their predecessors.
This is the feature directorial debut from Sandy Collora (look up his amazing short film Batman: Dead End.) For a first outing it's solid, though the pacing lags a bit at times. Ultimately the real limiting factor on the film is the incredibly shoestring budget. The limited CG is where this really shows, as the costumes, make-up and cinematography are all excellent. Collora's work brings a cohesive vision to the world he has created leaving me wanting more. I would have loved to see a fuller, richer world with more characters but the lacking budget serves to keep us focused on the few characters we do meet.
Overall this is a pretty good low budget sci-fi film, much better than you'd get from the typical made for cable movie and worth a look. The DVD has some nice bonus features including a commentary and making of which are both worthwhile.
I won't be writing a synopsis here...I think you need to watch the movie and enjoy it for what it is, without knowing what the movie is all about, how and when plot twists occur, or how it concludes. Great movie with a good classic Sci-Fi feel...if your a fan of that, you won't be disappointed!
Those of you who like a little content and story rather than just the same old sluts and cussing and don't mind being slightly retro--get this one.
Don't expect War of the Planets type moral story...but do expect a 'real' story. (if you don't have War of the Planets--get it now)
Anyway, this is a popcorn movie so I give it the big five star rating and place it in the top ten percent of popcorn movies worthy of the time/money/trouble of shooting.