The pilot episode of Hunted titled Mort, follows the life of a female espionage operative, Samantha "Sam" Hunter. Sam is part of a private security company titled Byzantium, an assemblage that frequently takes part in rather dangerous covert missions. Whilst carrying out the rescue of a doctor captured in Tangiers, Sam soon finds herself set up and left for dead. After resting for a year in Scotland, Sam soon returns to her old job in London, desperately eager to uncover who had betrayed her. All the while the boss of Byzantium uses Sam to befriend a child, into order to get through to his father, a multi millionaire criminal named Jack Turner.
Despite appearing as an obvious hybrid of Salt and James Bond type tales, Hunted is still without a doubt a rather grand escapade to the senses; a fast paced, action packed, brutal roller coaster of a thriller, that will keep you hooked in far past the initial episode.
Although this program does feature it's minor drawbacks, such as an excessive and occasionally disorientating use of jump cuts; the pilot episode of Frank Spotnitz's latest series is well worth sacrificing an hour of your time. However it should be duly noted that this sort of programming generally isn't ideal to be seen around the little ones. The pilot episode alone, features sex, blood splatter, needles and flamethrowers; so seeing as this is a sixty-minute preview for the rest of the series, god knows what could happen next.
Overall Hunted features immensely strong acting from the entire cast; especially that of Melissa George. The Home and Away star brings great light to the role of Sam Hunter; an explosive cocktail of The Bride, Lisbeth Salander, and Jason Bourne all rolled into one.
Frank Spotnitz's Hunted is far from perfect, however considering it's given potential, fine direction and eminent artistic merit, episode one appears to be a fairly prominent sign of much better things to come.
You can now view the pilot episode Mort, free via iTunes