“Hit and Run”, the new Netflix series from the creators of “Fauda”, raises the plot
If you liked the Israeli hit series Fauda then the new Netflix series Hit and run must be on your radar.
Hit and run is the brainchild of Lior Raz and Avi Issacharoff, the creative duo behind Fauda.
This time the action moves from Tel Aviv to New York.
Most of the dialogues are in English.
Like their first collaboration, there are so many twists and turns and suspense, it’s guaranteed you’ll be glued to your seat for the entire nine-episode first season. And there is no doubt that there will be a second season judging by the end of the last episode.
Everything is not as it seems
Raz and Issacharoff had founded their international hit Fauda about their shared experiences in an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Mista’arvim unit. Mista’arvim’s units are specially trained and tasked with working under cover and assimilating in Arab areas.
In Hit and run, the creative duo take their experiences in a different direction. Raz plays Segev Azulai, a divorced father of 11-year-old daughter Ella (Neta Orbach). He runs a tour guide service in Tel Aviv and remarried an American dancer Danielle Azulai (Kaelen Ohm) who works for the prestigious Bat Sheva Dance Company.
Things take a turn for the worse when Danielle leaves for a big audition in New York City and is subsequently killed in a hit and run car crash. The car was reported stolen from an organized crime figure in Tel Aviv just before the crash. However, surveillance cameras in the area capture the two male drivers. And that’s when the story gets much more sinister.
Both men were in Tel Aviv with Hungarian passports, but right after Danielle’s death they boarded a flight to London.
That night, his wife’s belongings are returned and Segev notices several missed calls and texts from an unknown phone. As he was browsing it, the phone rang again. He answers it and a male voice comes on the other end.
A few hours later, a man broke into his home. Segev and the man fight and Segev kills him by slapping his neck, displaying a level of combat prowess that the average Tel Aviv tour guide would not possess.
After doing some research with the help of his homicide detective cousin, Tali Shapira (Moran Rosenblatt), Segev discovers that the phone calling his wife belongs to a man named Assaf (Lior Ashkenazy), an unfortunately married Mossad director. This is when the rabbit hole gets deeper and deeper.
Danielle’s grieving father is played by American actor Gregg Henry, so the viewer suspects there must be a subplot involving him. The always excellent Sanaa Lathan embodies an investigative journalist and former flame of Segev.
“Hit and Run” is the thrill of a series
The twists are fast and furious as Segev wants to know why his wife was killed.
Character development is crafted through the use of multiple flashbacks as we see how Segev and Danielle met and got married later.
The action is fast and furious, with brutal brawls and car chases through the streets of Tel Aviv and New York. It has the same kind of feeling as Fauda had with the characters apparently still under surveillance by invisible undercover agents. This is achieved by zooming and panning the camera, which adds to the suspense.
The real idea of Hit and run was born in 2015. While Avi Issacharoff and Lior Raz met for lunch in Tel Aviv, during the filming Fauda, they started a recent hit-and-run incident. And then an idea was born: what if it was not a “tragic accident” but a plot with family secrets and political intrigues.
To verify Hit and run on Netflix. But be sure to clear a block for several hours before doing so, as this will pull you in and hold you captiveâ¦ (heel kick).
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