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Hunters season 2 review – Hitler is back in this B-movie bargain

January 13, 2023

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We review the Prime Video Hunters season 2 series, which contains no spoilers.

The conspiratorial drama series Hunters returns after a three-year hiatus, and this time the gang hunts down the most hated man who ever lived, a mass murderer adolf hitler himself, who is still very much alive in this slice of alternate history fiction. This audacious premise is the main focal point of the series, a controversial and, at times, absurd storyline that oscillates between murky B-movie exploitation and signature Hollywood entertainment. There’s plenty of fun to be had, however, in watching the Hunters hunt down evil Nazis and forge their own form of justice along the way. All in all, it’s an absolute blast, but there are a few downsides that keep it from reaching its full potential.

Hunters Season 2 Review and Plot Summary

The series follows the Nazi-hunting troop from the series title, which was originally led by the late Meyer Offerman (Al Pacino). This band of misfits hunted down Nazis in the 1970s, those who had escaped arrest and were, for all intents and purposes, escaping retribution. The gang has since disbanded after an incident in Spain and Jonah (Logan Lerman) now goes it alone, hunting evil Nazis in depraved Paris. But the prospect of catching Adolf Hitler brings this merry band of murderers together again.

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This Hitler hunt is intercut with flashback sequences centering on Meyer Offerman (for the most part), who was the founding member and leader of the Hunters. This, of course, ended with the shocking revelation that he was actually Nazi Doctor Wilhelm “The Wolf” Zuchs in disguise all along. Upon discovering this heartbreaking twist, Jonah killed The Wolf, but don’t worry, Al Pacino is back. In season two, flashbacks explore the circumstances surrounding Meyer’s decision to form the group in the first place, and we see how he recruited each member. These flashbacks work well as a key subplot, painting a larger picture of the gang’s history and Meyer’s motivations.

And speaking of Al Pacino, he gives another stellar performance as a sane but twisted con man, torn between his troubled past and the need to right those unforgivable wrongs of his time. The series has a lot of great showy performances in addition to Al Pacino’s starring role. Introducing new character Chava Apfelbaum, played over-the-top by Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight). So there is Udo Kier (Brawl in Cell Block 99), who fully immerses himself in the role of Adolf Hitler. They have the Fuhrer’s infamous looks all the way and Kier fully commits to this larger than life performance with aplomb.

Hunters boasts an exceptional cast and rather wacky characters. how I Met Your Mother Star Josh Radnor also shines among all these Hollywood heavyweights, playing the pretentious actor Lonny Flash. He brings some much-needed humor to the proceedings. To say that this series delves into exploitation, B-movie territory, with wacky subject matter, it rarely plays it for laughs, instead trying to draw emotional resonance from the horrors of war and the injustice of it all.

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Is Hunters season 2 any good?

Hunters is hard to categorize, with many points of polarization, but there’s no denying there’s more to love than hate with this series. It tells a simple, succinct story with a clear beginning and ending, which is generally rare in the television landscape these days. It’s well written, with expertly choreographed action sequences. Hunters retains its gory and brutal side and can be a fun roller coaster ride for most. Unfortunately, it can’t sustain that high-octane energy for the entire season and there are slower sections in the narrative.

The show tries to tug at your heart from time to time, and it can also be random. It’s an eerie tone the series tries to strike, ripping off Tarantino-style exploitative concepts, while appealing to your emotional side at the same time, with an exploration of the unfathomable horrors of war. That balance may not be fully achieved, but the series attempts to justify all the searing violence by exploring Hitler’s horrific legacy.

A contradictory TV piece that is very entertaining and filled with great performances, if still a little preachy and pretentious too. I think it will satisfy fans of the original series and gain new followers in the process. A series that is certainly worth your time, but still has some deviations overall.

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