Al Pacino and Logan Lerman shine in a series that gets off to a fantastic start and, for the most part, stays an entertaining watch. But, it does struggle to maintain the occasional highs with some low points.
From the moment I heard about Hunters, I was immediately intrigued for a variety of reasons. For one, Jordan Peele is an executive producer, and he’s on a roll right now when it comes to crafting original stories. Having him linked to anything at this point is a win. The other factor that enticed me were the two leading stars, Al Pacino and Logan Lerman. Pacino is an iconic master at his craft and that’s indisputable. I’ve also been a huge fan of Lerman for many years now, so Hunters had all the makings to be something I potentially enjoyed. The question is, did I?
Well, yes, for the most part, Hunters is very fun to watch at times and the way the story is created based on actual events in order to tell an original story is very unique. I thoroughly enjoyed the performances from the main cast, especially Pacino as Meyer Offerman and Lerman as Jonah Heidelbaum. The other cast members are pretty great too, but others that stood out to me are Saul Rubinek as Murray Markowitz, Jerrika Hinton as Millie Morris, Louis Ozawa as Joe Torrance, and Greg Austin as Travis Leich.
To break down the plot a bit, a group of Nazi hunters, who have learned Nazis are still among them, plotting to create a Fourth Reich, begin “the Hunt” in order to put a stop to them in the United States, specifically New York City. Based on the subject matter, it’s a very interesting take on such a tragic moment in history and it’s one that many viewers will get behind since, well, Nazis are the scum of the Earth.
I, for one, was completely hooked from the pilot, which does a fantastic job at drawing you in with its premise and keeps you hooked in with promises of what’s to come. Do I think the rest of the season lives up to the hype of the first episode? Well, in some ways, it does, but in other ways, it definitely doesn’t. I would go into more detail in terms of the story, but that would get into massive spoiler territory, and I think this series does a good job with its twists and turns, even if I don’t agree with a lot of them.
I will say though, there are many moments that’ll keep you on the edge of your seat and wanting more, especially the season premiere and a number of other intense moments in the episodes that follow. But, there are a variety of low points in the season and, in some ways, a lot of filler that was slightly unnecessary. In reality, the show is called Hunters, and the premise revolves around hunting Nazis. You expect a ton of that, right? Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty of Nazi hunting, but the way the group goes about it at times is a bit anticlimactic. I wouldn’t say it’s bad, nor boring. But, maybe I had the wrong expectations after the high point of the pilot since there are certain methods the group takes I simply didn’t expect or agree with in terms of the narrative decisions.
Hunters is worth the watch simply for the performances and the high-intensity moments. There are some low moments I didn’t enjoy and in many ways, they were a drag to watch. But, the premise is one everyone can agree with, I think, and is one you’ll root for. There are a few twists you won’t see coming and some that’ll have you scratching your head and maybe disagreeing with, but it just goes to show you the potential for the next couple of seasons.
Ultimately, it’s a good series, but I was expecting a bit more.