At first, it seemed that Hunted
was being positioned as a natural successor to the now-finished Spooks
. After all, not only does it come from the same producers, but it’s also focusing on a spy fighting against insurmountable odds. In this case, the spy is played by Melissa George, working for a private security firm, who is being hunted down. By who? Good question, and it’s one that the show has a lot of fun with. At times, you’ll do well to keep up with it.
Hunted does have its problems, though. It relies on a few leaps of faith from the audience, some of the dialogue doesn’t quite gel, and it doesn’t feel massively distinct from the many shows that have covered similar ground. Furthermore, it juggles an assortment of narrative strands, not always convincingly so.
And yet it’s really, really good fun. The pace is spot-on, the performances are good, and while Hunted doesn’t bear too much close inspection, it’s very entertaining. The eight episodes here are action-packed and interesting for the most part. It’s just the kind of series, in fact, that could comfortably fill up a windy weekend.
The Blu-ray release doesn’t have too much else over and above the episodes themselves, yet there’s still plenty for your money here. Warts and all, Hunted is certainly worth a spin. --Jon Foster
United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region B DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Dolby DTS-HD Master Audio ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: 3-DVD Set, Deleted Scenes, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Meet Sam. A spy. A hunter. And herself hunted by an enemy more ruthless and determined than any she's ever known. Sam has been running from her past her entire life but when she returns to Byzantium, the organisation that employs her, and begins to pursue her pursuer, she will discover the only way to escape that past... is to confront it. This is the story of a spy with a bull's eye on her back, a human target unable to trust anyone at any time, even the man she loves. She is, quite literally, running for her life. Hunted is a smart, complex and contemporary spy series. ...Hunted (Series 1) - 3-Disc Set ( Hunted - Series One ) ( Morton (Nemesis) ) (Blu-Ray)