For this new busy weekend, we couldn’t miss the excellent HBO adaptation of The Last of Us as well as the new Nazi hunt from Hunters!
Check out our mini-reviews and have a great weekend!
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Hunters – Season 2
We are back two years after the first season and we discover our Hunters scattered around the world and notably in Paris with Jonah (Logan Lerman) who will make a terrible discovery during one of his hunt, Hitler is still alive! This will of course become the main mission for him and the hunters! In parallel to this new target, we are going to discover the past of Meyer Offerman and following the terrible revelation at the end of the previous season, this is going to give a very interesting angle to rediscover this important character and especially the opportunity to enjoy even more Al Pacino! This new season is really interesting with this very daring way to show Hitler as if he was still alive. This terrible character is played by the always excellent and iconic Udo Kier and he really gives his all in this role! It’s interesting how the writers have imagined his life, his sorrows and bitterness and of course hate for everything that is not white. The transition between the different story arcs goes very well and we don’t see the time passing. The cinematography is as beautiful as ever, especially during in the European sequences in Paris and Austria. Don’t miss this final and most important hunt of our hunters!
After an accident derails their exploits in Europe, The Hunters must band back together to hunt down history’s most infamous Nazi—Adolf Hitler—who’s hiding in South America. Meanwhile, a look to the past reveals Meyer Offerman (Al Pacino) encountering a dangerous threat that could unravel his secret and expose his true identity, with explosive reverberations for our Hunters.
The Last of Us
The wait to discover the adaptation of The Last of Us by HBO is finally over! Before going further, I want to say that I have not played the video games but I am familiar with its universe. So I can’t say how it faithful to them or not. It’s always a mix of excitement and fear when a video game adaptation is announced but HBO was able to reassure us very quickly by announcing that the creator of the video game, Neil Druckmann, would be heavily involved in this series, he’s also directing an episode, as well as the fact that Craig Mazin, the showrunner of the excellent series Chernobyl, would be also involved on it. The story is quite classic but very gripping, namely that our world is devastated by a pandemic caused by a fungus infecting people on several levels including the terrifying “clickers”. Their first appearance will stay in your minds for a while! We follow a father who must protect a young girl who reminds him of his dead daughter on a dangerous journey across the USA. The danger will of course come from the infected but especially from the human survivors. The duo composed of Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey (both seen in Game of Thrones) works very well. It takes a while for the trust to build up but after a tragic event the chemistry between them will be better and stronger. The setting of the pandemic is very interesting and allows us to see how the society start to fall and the people have to fight for their survival. One of the highlights of the series is the discovery of this post-apocalyptic world, the visual effects are very good in this area as well as for the infected. The variety of characters is also interesting, with each one having a well-constructed background that is different from the others. Each of them approaches their survival in a different way. This brings a real interest for the characters and avoids a simplistic caricature of good guy versus bad guy. Be sure not to miss this exciting and terrifying new HBO series!
The Last of Us takes place 20 years after modern civilization has been destroyed. Joel, a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle Ellie, a 14-year-old girl, out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal and heartbreaking journey as they both must traverse the U.S. and depend on each other for survival.