REVIEW: Hunters(S01)- A revenge story with a comic-book language, zero morals & inefficient writing

" The show intentionally makes its talking points through classic comic-book characters which can be creative if used in limit but it is overused, a character like Jonah realizes his mistakes, hidden truth by talking in comic book language. “Well everybody considered Peter Parker a coward unless he defeated one of the biggies.” examples like this flow in the air at regular intervals in the show and people accept and persuade in doing action according to the stories of the comic books as if it is written by great philosophers who changed the actual world. It felt like a dull work of Scorsese using comic book language instead of heavy hard-hitting dialogues."



Set in 1977’s Jordan Peele’s Hunters is about a team, all ready to kill Nazis in America. Jonah somehow trying to survive and earn his livelihood by selling weed. He lives with his grandmother Ruth. One day he witnesses someone killing Ruth. The next day, he is all angry and determined to find the killer of his grandmother. Meyer Offerman a friend of his grandmother helps Jonah in getting out of jail. Slowly, Meyer tells Jonah about his group of Nazi killers called The Hunters comprising of Mindy and Murray, Looney Flash, Harriet, Joe and Roxy, they all are determined to take revenge for the Jew race and hunt down each and every Nazi they can. They are slowly and strategically hunt down Nazis living peacefully in America but FBI Agent Millie Morris is getting closer and slowly finding out about the group because of continuous murders of people who were Nazi before. Meanwhile, there is a group of Nazi planning something very big.




Very much like the Tarantino’s semi-satirical Inglorious Basterds, the show is all about Jewish revenge. Revenge is here, revenge is there, everywhere you look in this show you see actions driven by revenge and revenge only. As Meyer remarks at the beginning “Revenge is the best revenge.” Naturally, the show excels in carrying out the part of revenge but lacks in almost every other thing. The backstory of all the characters isn’t given clearly, they all are underwritten. Nobody has the slightest sense of moral compass. Also, plenty of time has been given to the villains to throw their perspective which is repetitive and becomes very monotonous after a time.



The show intentionally makes its talking points through classic comic-book characters which can be creative if used in limit but it is overused, a character like Jonah realizes his mistakes, hidden truth by talking in comic book language. “Well everybody considered Peter Parker a coward unless he defeated one of the biggies.” examples like this flow in the air at regular intervals in the show and people accept and persuade in doing action according to the stories of the comic books as if it is written by great philosophers who changed the actual world. It felt like a dull work of Scorsese using comic book language instead of heavy hard-hitting dialogues.




Each and every Nazi is a clown in this world. Some blatantly show their foolishness by being a great position in the state while others are just angry at everything for no reason whatsoever. Another thing that bothers is the absurd tonal shift of the show which is enraging at times. Even, the pace of the show assures that you don’t find any interest in the fight between the evergreen clowns and the insensitive heroes. Dialogues are lame and mostly directionless. Setting looks very real to the time of 1977, streets, people chilling in the slanting roofs, etc. The background score gets better after the mid-point. Acting by Al Pacino, Travis Leich, Josh Radnor and Jerrika Hinton was amazing, others also did a good job. Sufferings of the Jew during the war are over-melodramatic and some of it might be creative but looks really selfish because there is an origin story given to the presence of a ‘ring’ in loot while there are six characters dying to get a proper origin of their own.



Overall, Hunters could have been more than a revenge story which at times becomes a little funny but disappoints as a whole. Revenge could have worked as a creative tool but as a central theme it lacked the passion behind it and the lack of morals even in a single character really makes you disconnected from the show.


FINAL VERDICT - 2 / 5.

Only watch it if you don't care about a plot and just want to see Jews killing Nazis.




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