Hunters review: Revenge drama


The very idea of Nazis being delivered the fate they meted out to so many Jews is seductive and fantastical to the point of being taboo. A large number of Nazis were shipped to the US and led pretty plush lives, hiding in plain sight, courtesy Operation Paperclip. Pacino himself is reduced to quoting from the Talmud, as he carries off his ageing weight and the burden of being an Italian-American, while playing a Holocaust survivor. ektaa.malik@expressindia.com
📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. This is the kind of alternate history, bordering on fantasy, that keeps us hooked — remember Inglourious Basterds? His life is disrupted when his safta (grandmother in Hebrew) is murdered in their New York home. The ‘taking out’ is, let’s just say, long-drawn and violent. But the weakest link in Hunters is the writing, which is sporadically brilliant to downright Tarantino-rehashed bits. Sometimes an idea is all you get. And that’s how he tumbles into this motley group, led by Offerman, who all the while leading regular lives, moonlight as Nazi Hunters. Often, it’s the idea that keeps us going. Sigh. Of course, Jonah, who likes Robin better than Batman and is a prodigy with numbers and patterns, figures out that this is not a random house invasion-gone-wrong. One is reminded of the scene from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001) where Ron is injured in a similar game of life-size chess, only this one is chilling and fills us with a sense of foreboding that only gets worse as the 10 hour-long episodes progress. There is too much tokenism and ticking off boxes to actually let the message sink. © IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd

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Amazon Prime Video So far so good. He lives with his Holocaust-survivor grandmother, is into superheroes, smokes up with his friends, and listens to Led Zeppelin. But that doesn’t hold true for Hunters. As Pacino says in the show — “Revenge is the best revenge”. The motley crew is an exercise in diversity, with an Asian-American vet and a tough Black woman. The chessboard separates Jonah (Lerman) and Meyer Offerman (Pacino) when they have their first heart-to-heart. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
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Updated: February 22, 2020 7:28:02 am

Hunters is streaming on Amazon Prime Video. Offerman, who is ‘Bruce Wayne’ rich, keeps tabs on them, and takes them out when possible. Hunters is set in two timelines, one in America in 1977 and the other in Germany during World War II. Then there are the Nazis themselves with their dream of setting up the third Reich. Hunters creator: David Weil
Hunters cast: Al Pacino, Logan Lerman Jerrika Hinton, Lena Olin Saul Rubinek Carol Kane, Josh Radnor
Hunters rating: 3.5 stars
The game of chess has been often used as a metaphor for larger existential questions. There is too much happening all the time. A chessboard, where the typical wooden pieces have been replaced by miniature, grotesque human figurines, surfaces many times in Hunters, the latest offering by Amazon Prime Video. In America of the Seventies, we see Lerman continuing his Perks of Being a Wallflower routine. With the back and forth between timelines, we are taken through the horrors that were meted out to the prisoners in the concentration camps. It also fills in beautifully as a medium to make a certain point. This holds true for Hunters. As Jonah checkmates Meyer, we are taken to another chessboard, a life-size one, at a German concentration camp — where the grass has been chequered to resemble the board and the Jews are pawns to be played with. The idea of Hunters was also strengthened by Jordan Peele, who has executive produced this and earlier gave us the brilliant Get Out.