A couple of weeks ago, Melan Magazine was invited along to a private screening of Amazon Prime’s Hunters. Our contributor Reesey Reclassifies attended a private screening and shares her thoughts on the new 12-part series.
Executive produced by Academy Award-winner Jordan Peele (Get Out) and led by legendary Academy Award-winner Al Pacino (The Godfather), Hunters follows a diverse band of Nazi hunters living in 1977 New York City.
I was intrigued by the promo which showed a diverse cast including two Black US actresses Jerrika Hinton as Millie Malone and Tiffany Boone as Roxy Jones. I was curious about what all these talents combined, would create.
On a windy night in February, I headed out to the sneak-peak preview at the Soho Curzon cinema in the West End, where I also discovered popcorn and champagne are a good combo – especially when complimentary!
I don’t want to give too much away, but the Hunters, as they’re known, have discovered that hundreds of high-ranking Nazi officials are living among us and conspiring to create a Fourth Reich in the U.S. The story follows the Nazi’s reign of terror on innocent people and how a medley group of Hunters are determined to get justice.
“Laughter helps, and working with people you trust…”
Despite the heinous and sensitive backdrop of a storyline, the episodes cleverly depict the descendants of the most discriminated groups (Slavery, Holocaust) as more than just victims, but as survivors who also possess incredible strengths such as immense analytical ability, and powerful moral compasses, which will also seemingly serve them on their noble quest to attempt to end persecution, and bring the Nazi’s down.
Jerrika Hinton plays Millie Malone the no-nonsense detective who desperately seeks the opportunity to take on bigger cases, she reads the bible on her train commutes whilst keeping her gun close to hand. The episode we viewed also includes appearances of Tiffany Boone, a Hunter member with an impressive Afro and a commitment to the cause.
The Q&A which followed the screening allowed me to see the wonderful actresses’ personalities. When asked about how the cast managed to deal with such an emotionally traumatic and delicate storyline, the beautiful and poised Jerrika tells the audience: “Laughter helps, and working with people you trust so when you’re (emotionally) going to the darkest depths you are then able to bring each other back to some levity. Also, a good night sleep.”
It was great to see the commitment that she, along with the rest of the cast, had for the series, which is essentially a 12-hour movie.
As it is a series, I didn’t get to see it in its entirety, but I am looking forward to watching it when it comes to Amazon.
Visually, it’s cinematic style, multi layered storyline and talented cast will likely keep you glued to the action, and no doubt Hunters will be on your ‘Amazon Prime and Vibes’ list of things to watch at home.
Hunters is available on Amazon Prime from 21 February 2020.