Hunted: Pilot Review

“Sam is a spy, a hunter who now finds herself hunted by a ruthless hidden enemy. Trapped in an intricate web of suspense and paranoia, she must discover who wants her dead by confronting her past.”

Hunted is made up of a collection of bog standard building blocks, there’s nothing original behind either the characters or the story, they’ve been done a hundred times. The hero had something traumatic happen as a child (told through obligatory flashbacks including jumpy flickering effects and moody lighting), she’s set up by unknown parties and busily compiles a wall full of photos linked with pieces of string. Meanwhile she returns to her day job as a spy working with the traditional group of macho secretive types. Their mission involves investigating a ruthless international criminal by ingratiating herself with his emotionally damaged son and adorable grandson.

The components are all standard enough but they’re solidly built and result in a satisfying construction. Melissa George could be considered a little too pouty and pretty, but that actually works well for the character, allowing her to convincingly play various parts on her missions and then snap into a more brutal and professional secret agent role.

Hunted is far from revolutionary, it’s packed full of tropes in plot, character and direction which frankly could have been ticked off bingo style. (Incidentally the graphic elements from the trailer doesn’t actually seem to be in the series itself, which is a bit of a shame.) However most of those things have become tropes because they work, they form a shorthand for the audience allowing everything to bundle along without unnecessary padding and waffle. It’s easy and entertaining watching for a midweek evening.

Hunted airs on BBC1 on Thursdays and is available on iPlayer.

The Telegraph – It was thrilling enough, just not nearly as thoughtful as it liked to think it was. A daft romp rather than anything deep and meaningful.

Den of Geek – At this early stage then, Hunted is a pleasingly tense and good-looking addition to the autumn schedule, if a little cold. It’s something of a blessing the dialogue is sparse judging by the odd clunker of a line, but the intrigue is there, as is the atmosphere and the action, which is plenty to be going on with for now.

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  1. November 28th, 2012
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