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The wide ads that Amazon made on every platform, made it easy to guess that "Hunters" was for the American company, a top product, also for the presence of Al Pacino. The idea come from Davide Weil, grandson of a Holocaust survivor, and a young and interesting author who we will often hear in the future and who not only convinced Amazon, but also Al Pacino and a respectable cast of the goodness of his history.
As the title easily makes us think, here we are talking about hunters. Nazi hunters to be precise, led by a grandiose Al Pacino whose participation is not a simple cameo as a star idolized to catch audience, but a central role for the events of history. Nazi hunters who refer to true stories and not surprisingly there is a scene with the character of Simon Wiesenthal the most famous Nazi hunter in history, they talk about Operation Paperclip, that was the hiring by NASA of former engineers Nazis with the approval of the American government and reference is made to places, names and historical facts.
Very good at this point. Kill Nazis is always a good idea, (Wiesenthal was of a completely different opinion), but, "Hunters", combines these historical references with a comic book aspect of superheroes, also giving lashes of comedy. And not only that, the first episodes have clear references to Tarantino's cinema.
Thus, on the one hand we have history and on the other paradoxical situations, whose encounter often leads us to a sense of confusion, bewilderment. Should we laugh? We have to cry or get angry? Are the historical facts mentioned real or not? Did the Nazis really play chess using prisoners as pawns? These are the doubts that the ten episodes often bring to the viewer.
The "Inglorius Basterds" approach in hunting the Nazis was marked by paradox, liberating violence and a clear underlying fiction, which embraced the whole film and which did not raise historical doubts.
The other Amazon series on the Nazis "The man in the High Castle", was clearly a fantasy, which had a single dramatic line.
Here, however, this double aspect put often in the shadow honourable idea of Weil who wanted to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive.
But apart from this flaw, it must be recognized that "Hunters" is a really good series, with a splendid setting from the seventies, excellently directed and played (and not only for Al Pacino). Ten episodes that manage to keep the tension high until the inevitable and unpredictable final twist.
1970s, New York. Jonah Heidelbaum (Logan Lerman) witnesses the mysterious murder of his grandmother (Jeannie Berlin). He was later approached by a certain Meyer Offerman (Al Pacino) who introduced him, after several hesitations, into a colourful group of Nazi hunters. There is the poor actor Lonny Flash (Josh Radnor), an ambiguous girl dressed as a nun, Harriet (the Australian Kate Mulvany), the spouses Markowitz, (Saul Rubinek, Carol Kane) who survived a concentration camp, the Afro-American Roxy with lots of super-hair (Tiffany Boone) and martial arts expert the Japanese-American Joe (Louis Ozawa). Their goal is to find and kill the Nazis who live incognito, but the risk of becoming monsters too is high. The American Nazis instead led by the Colonel (Lena Olin) who uses powerful killers like Travis (Greg Austin), a Fargo-style character, aim to upset the order and conquer power with a clever plan. In the middle there is no shortage of police with the investigation conducted by Millie Morris (Jerrika Hinton).
Between imaginative murders, such as the one in the shower or the interrogation in the recording studio, "Hunters" offers elegant and well-studied moments. We'll see if "Hunters" when he grows up he understands what he wants to do in life.