Hit and Run, an Israeli spy thriller

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Hit and Run is an action thriller from Israel. It is the first Netflix original from Israel. It was both gripping and boring – or in other words, uneven. It is full of horrific violence and much struggle and mystery. This review is free of major spoilers.

 

Hit and Run, an Israeli spy thriller
The beautiful Danielle

In Hit and Run, the main character Segev (Lior Raz) is happily married to his wife, Danielle (Kaelen Ohm). They live in Tel Aviv. She is a dancer on her way to an audition in New York City when she is killed in a hit-and-run.

We soon learn that Segev is not the cheerful family man we thought. As he investigates Danielle’s death, he finds reason to believe it was murder. The people who killed Danielle also want to kill him and his teenage daughter.

Lior Raz in Hit and Run
The Dangerous Segev

Segev is a trained assassin and he is good at it. He is also a violent hothead who, like a rabid dog, goes in search of Danielle’s killers. In the nine episodes of Season 1, he takes on the police, the CIA and the Mossad. They pop up wherever he goes, but he’s unstoppable.

Not only does Segev harm the spies and assassins who are after him, he also brings people he loves into battle. His cousin Tali (Moran Rosenblatt) is a pregnant Israeli police officer. He makes sure she finds out all kinds of information that he shouldn’t have. Based on that information, he goes to New York City.

Sanaa Lathan in Hit and Run
The reason to watch the series

In New York, Segev enlists the help of his former mercenaries. Naomi (Sanaa Lathan) is now a journalist. She writes the story of Danielle’s murder while helping Segev learn more. Ron (Gal Toren) is now a weed-smoking father who lives a very quiet life. But he still has a suitcase full of guns in his attic. Helping Segev does no good for these old friends.

If you are a regular reader here you will realize that I wanted to see this because of Sanaa Lathan’s participation. Her character was brave and determined, but not as deadly as her past with Segev and Ron would suggest.

Segev discovers something disturbing about Danielle’s father, Martin Wexler (Gregg Henry). He finds out that Danielle was having an affair with an Israeli security officer named Assaf (Lior Ashkenazi) even after they got married. The secrets spread episode by episode, leading ever deeper into conspiracies, lies, espionage, and various types of government crimes.

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There were some surprises. Other things that were meant to be surprising twists and turns were transparent from miles away. Like most twisted spy stories, it’s not a good idea to trust a character.

The season ends unresolved with a major cliffhanger and many unanswered questions. A second season has not yet been announced at the time of writing.

Lior Raz is good as the antihero. I found him totally unsympathetic. He usually looked mean and mean and is scary to think about. He also helped write this series, along with Avi Issacharoff, Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin. Neasa Hardiman directed 3 of the episodes.

The cinematography was muted, underexposed and undersaturated. Even outdoor scenes felt filtered and dark. I had to change all the normal settings on my television to see what was happening. That was not only annoying, but also disrespectful to the viewers.

Poster for Hit and Run

Here’s a preview.

If you’re watching this series, I’d love to know what you thought of it and if you’d like to watch a second season.

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