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The Hateful Eight (2015)

The Hateful Eight

Jennifer Jason Leigh and Kurt Russell, just two of “The Hateful Eight”.

 

One of the worst things people can do as movie goers is shy away from a Tarantino flick just because it is violent (that is going to be violent goes without saying).

Althought The Hateful Eight was almost not made (more on that later), it is still classic QT. It contains the usual amount of violence, and (most importantly) sharp, wonderful dialogue that no one does better. The film stars Tarantino regular Samuel L. Jackson as Major Marquis Warren. He stumbles upon bounty hunter John Ruth (an excellent Kurt Russell) on his way to the city of Red Rock, where he will deliver murderer Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh, equally fantastic). A snowstorm delays them to a cabin filled with others including Bob (Demian Bichir), Oswaldo Mobray (Tim Roth,) Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins), Joe Gage (Michael Madsen) and Sandy Smithers (Bruce Dern).

My favorite thing about Tarantino is that I never know what will ever happen next. This means I never know who lives and who dies. I obviously won’t go further into the story, except to say that not every character is what they seem to be. There is also a part here played by Channing Tatum, which proves (along with 2014’s Foxcatcher) that he can be a great actor if given the right script).

Parents, the fact that this is Quentin Tarintino means that the film will deserve its R rating (though the only sexual thing is a character showing that he was forced to give oral sex and that he was fully nude while doing it.) So yes, 17 and up. Still, for those who can handle a Tarantino flick, the film is well worth it (It is not his best, but then how could he top a film like Pulp Fiction?)

I close by saying why the film was almost not made. Tarantino’s script was leaked online, and therefore did not want to make it. Fortunatly, he was convinced to do so. To those people who like to find out about movies before they are released, I say the following: Why? Why not wait for the surprise in the first place? Can you at least stop ruining it for others?

Overall: Four Stars ****

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