The story draws elements from films such as Enemy Mine and Pitch Black, with a spaceship crash landing on a hostile desert planet. The three surviving crew are tasked with recapturing a prisoner of war who escaped during the crash. Eventually the film develops into a battle of wits and individual courage, between the final crewman and the POW. Some quite sensitive subjects, such as war crimes and genocide are handled with finesse (especially for what amounts to being a low budget action movie).
The photography is beautiful and the quality of the production design, although obviously working within the small budget produced costumes and the occasional interior shot that were effective and realistic.
As a side note wargamers will quickly recognise the similarity between the aliens make-up designs in Hunter Prey and the look of the Warhammer 40K race the Tau!