*WARNING: BASED ON THE FIRST FEW EPISODES ONLY*
Hunters - Official Trailer | Prime Video
Set in New York during the mid-late 1970s, Hunters follows a disparate group dedicated to ridding the world of fugitive Nazis. I’m really enjoying the show, but tonally it swings from graphic and upsetting (to some) violence, particularly in the concentration camps scenes to Tarantino-esque larks (Inglorious Basterds a touchstone) and a rather jarring ‘Jewsploitation’ angle. Pacino delivers a strong (if ripe) performance as chief Nazi hunter Meyer Offerman, but throughout I wondered why they couldn’t have cast a Jewish actor in the role.
Logan Lerman stars as genius codebreaker Jonah Heildelbaum and is pretty good too, although his character does appear to be a mash-up of ‘Babe’ Levy (Dustin Hoffman) from Marathon Man (1976) and Barry Kohler (Steve Guttenberg) in Boys from Brazil (1978) – both set in the same era as Hunters. Notably, Laurence Olivier was in both, and underplaying as usual.
Dylan Baker is a stand out as ‘Biff’ Simpson, the Nazi masquerading as a ‘Good Ole Boy’ US government official. But…I still can’t quite figure out why the team don’t just get in touch with Mossad, who weren’t exactly slouches in the NazI-hunting department – maybe later episodes will provide an answer…
Nice opening credits, although slightly derivative of those at the end of Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) which also used models/CGI in a similar way:
Hunters Opening Credits 2020
The thoughts of Reverend Jonathan Whirley (Christopher Plummer) on the prowess of the Israelis in 1987’s Dragnet:
Dragnet - Great Line from a Terrible Movie
And finally, whatever happened to this cheeky young chappie?
Funniest scene from The Boys from Brazil (1978)