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Review – Hunters

07 Mar

It’s been a while since I wrote a review, after binge watching this series I thought I’d put digits to keys.

WARNING. :: This series is not for the faint hearted, it is highly explicit in language, violence, sex, torture and gore, if you are alright with that sort of thing then it is a very watchable series.

PREMISE :: Shortly after WW2 there was another kind of battle, who could claim the highest intelligent scientific and medical minds for their country. Thousands of former card carrying or oppressed into Nazi-ism people were given opportunities to relocate around the globe, some to the U.K., a high number to Argentina and other South American countries but the biggest tussle was between the USSR and the USA.

This brought much conflict in the USA as the nation had also become a refuge for many thousands of Jews, who either fled Europe or survived the atrocities. Known as Operation Paperclip, many Germanic scientists were instrumental in the space program, as well as thousands living peaceful lives as doctors, teachers, business leaders, bankers, police officials, government agency personnel etc.

Across time these hiders would be discovered, or recognised and attempts would be made to bring them to war crime justice, but the politics often meant they were just spirited away to another part of America.

THE SERIES :: A very affluent Jew puts together a rag bag of people to hunt down these villains, the torturers of the Death Camps and administer a little retribution of their own. Centering around the young teen Jonah, whose Safta (Grandma) was shot by a Nazi when she threatened to uncovered his truth, he is taught the horror and truth by those connected to those haunting names of Auschwitz and Bergen Belsen and how it is right and relevant for his generation to keep up the fight. But it is not that straightforward, everyone has their secrets, their own reasons and motives for working together. The biggest being that potentially a fourth Reich could rise and take over the largest democratic country, from the inside, with help from those in South America (and an enigmatic leader with eyebrow raising connection).

THE DELIVERY :: I didn’t really ‘get’ into the style of delivery until the third episode. In general I found the whole thing frustrating and gripping, straightforward and complicated, over exaggerated and subtle, far fetched and plausible, thought provoking and fanciful, and list of contradictions. Other reviewers have labelled these contradictions as Tarantino-esque and that’s a deserved description.

The interspersed stories of Meyer (Jewish Nazi Hunter leader) and Ruth (Jonah’s Safta and Meyers true love) during their time in the death camp, and others cleverly connects the past with the present, which for this series is 1977 New York.

THE ENDING :: Hmm, without giving too much away, the ending was equally satisfying and not so. I don’t know if this was written as a one series drama or whether it was written with a potential second or spin off, let’s just say that door is slightly ajar.

There were some excellent plot twists, confessions and character actions. There were also some very annoying confusions, I’ve no idea why the Vietnam Vet was kidnapped and taken to the Argentinian hub of the uprising, other than to reveal a twist. I’ve no clue about the English catholic Jew nun (don’t ask, I’m not sure either) her story, motive, truth.

Over all it was worth the watch and I would watch a second series.

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2020 in Films, In The News, Review

 

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11 responses to “Review – Hunters

  1. deacongill

    March 8, 2020 at 4:46 pm

    It’s always interesting discovering how different people have different reactions to books and films. It certainly does sound intriguing, although I think I’ll give the gore a miss!

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    • AnneMarie

      March 8, 2020 at 5:27 pm

      I must admit, I have been rather ignorant on post war consequences. There is a tendency to think after a conflict everything returns to a normality, but after WW2 there was such a scattering of people. History doesn’t really educate as to what happened next.

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  2. menhir1

    March 8, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    This sounds very tightly based on the Wiesenthal organisation which, has made its raison d’etre to hunt down and bring to justice WW11 criminals worldwide, even to this day. I haven’t watched the programme, I won’t be watching it. One thing, there was enough real gore and ghastly conditions in the actualité. There are still people alive, just, who can still tell you about it.

    Current war theatres are no better, full of horrors and the inhumanity of men (and to a much lesser degree, women) to each other. Women are commonly the targets of war, the aggressors using rape, for example, as a weapon of war.

    Perhaps, in view of what you say, creating entertainment from recent history and current events may be one way of raising awareness. It does raise all sorts of questions and especially about what the audience takes from it and understands.

    xxxx

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    • AnneMarie

      March 8, 2020 at 5:59 pm

      Indeed, the series in no way covered the reasoning and context at the time, post war, discussing “what happens next” from the political and diplomatic points of view.

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  3. daryan12

    March 8, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    Scary thing was that the truth is worse than the fiction here. Numerous individuals and corporations got away scot free and nobody batted an eyelid. Some horrible history facts include:
    – GAP the fashion house designed the nazi’s uniforms.
    – IBM developed a data management system that was eventually used to manage records during the holocaust.
    – Many German firms, VW, Siemens, Porsche, were allowed to carry on as normal post-war despite involvement in war production and slave labour.
    – While IG Farben was broken up, this was largely cosmetic (they split it up and those companies carried on as normal). There was even a patent dispute between them post-war as to who owned the rights to the poisonous gas used in the holocaust.
    – There was a large number of pro-nazi collaborators around the world (notably eastern Europe) who escaped any punishment despite it being known they had been directly involved in the holocaust, as they just so happened to be anti-communist also (some would even be helped into positions of power by the CIA).
    – In fact, google the Chilean army some time, they still wear nazi style uniforms, complete with goose stepping.
    – Oh and Coca Cola of Germany, given that they couldn’t get the ingredients to make Coke during the war, came up with their own version, which they called Fanta, yes that Fanta, the official soft drink of the third reich.

    Sometimes truth is scarier than fiction.

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    • AnneMarie

      March 8, 2020 at 6:02 pm

      BASF was another company with dubious credentials.

      I imagine, today, it is difficult to discover whether those involved were effectively “fearfully coercive” or willingly agreed with.

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    • menhir1

      March 8, 2020 at 6:33 pm

      This, Daryan12, is a perspective conveniently overlooked. The list is a lot longer, including the American car manufacturing company Ford.

      Austria has turned a blind-eye to its card-carrying Nazis. It is and it was allowed to do so for, to quote Anne-Marie, post war ‘diplomatic’ reasons.

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      • daryan12

        March 8, 2020 at 8:58 pm

        “diplomatic” meaning, we want their money!

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      • AnneMarie

        March 8, 2020 at 9:10 pm

        Diplomatic, as in … we don’t want the communists to have their intelligence and research, we must lure them with our dreams of freedom and prosperity.

        Interestingly, there are still millions (if not billions) in bank vaults and safety deposit boxes around the globe of either monies or properties hidden by the Jewish, or that which was stolen from them as it yet to be repatriated.

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  4. snowbird

    March 8, 2020 at 8:37 pm

    I haven’t heard of this, it certainly does sound interesting though.xxx

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    • AnneMarie

      March 8, 2020 at 8:43 pm

      It’s all over Amazon Prime at the mo. Doubt it will be shown on Freeview.

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