Review: Hunters have moments of brilliance, but uneven execution

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Hunter | Amazon

After the murder of his grandmother, the prodigy drug dealer Jonah (Logan Lerman) learns that his “Sfta” was more than just a source of unconditional love and matzo ball soup. She was a soldier in a secret army that for a long time, with her colleague / Holocaust survivor Meyer Offerman (Al Pacino), helped destroy former Nazis who had evaded punishment and were hiding across America in 1977.

Logan Lerman and Al Pacino at Hunters (Amazon)

David Weil and Jordan Peeles Hunter borrows a page from the Indiana Jones game book by occupying Nazis as the bad guys and a ragged group of guards as heroes. But despite a great concept, Hunters Execution is problematic. Pacino sets aside his energetic “whoo-ah” stick to play a Holocaust survivor who was once systematically tortured by a Nazi doctor named Wolf. His cat-and-mouse antics in search of hidden SS soldiers and his interactions with Jonah help to base the series on moments of brilliance, an effort that is quickly defeated by his co-stars’ comic antics .

The tone shifts on the show are pretty staggering. Moments of absolute horror, which are the worst of humanity, are quickly pushed aside by comic introductions and random dance numbers. It is a narrator that shows like FX leads to success American horror story. But AHS This succeeds due to its ability to maintain a consistently high level of the camp throughout the hour, even in the most appalling moments. Hunter Flounder due to jerky transitions from deeply disturbing events to an exaggerated B-movie, an action piece that seems out of place.

The Hunters (Amazon)

It should be noted that the series is on the rise in the Jewish community because of the use of stereotypes and the treatment of the Holocaust. This is a legitimate problem on the show as it transmits very real, very terrible events from history for melodrama reasons. His exaggeration highlights events that are currently being examined by ignoramuses who claim it never happened, and that makes the show, as entertaining as it is, somewhat irresponsible.

There are also inconsistencies with the characters that are just as troubling as the tone shifts. The subtle and structured performances of Pacino and Lerman are quickly wiped out by the exaggerated gimmicks of Josh Radner’s Lonny Flash, a film star who only speaks in Judaica puns.

Hunter has some important messages, but they’re garbled in the delivery. The show offers great performances in key roles that carry the premise in an original way that is sometimes very entertaining, but the drastic variations in style and narrative make for a completely uneven viewing experience.

So should you binge it? There are worse ways to spend the time of isolation at home, but despite a great twist on Pacino and a fantastic first episode, this may not be the Jewish Justice League you were hoping for.

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