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Movie Review: The Hateful Eight

The Hateful Eight

The Hateful Eight

Release Date (India): January 15, 2016

Cast: Bruce Dern, Channing Tatum, Demián Bichir, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kurt Russell, Michael Madsen, Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth, Walton Goggins

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Comedy, Crime

Duration: 2 hour 47 minutes

When it comes to raising hell at the movies, splattered with sumptuous amounts of blood, gore, deceit, jealously, and revenge, it appears that no one does it better than Quentin Tarantino. The Hateful Eight is undoubtedly one of the best movies in recent times and a standout in the director’s filmography. The movie is at par with, and may be even more thrilling, as compared to the likes of Inglorious Basterds and Django Unchained. It starts on a low-key note, and you wonder what the ace director has up his sleeve, but pretty soon, the sinister plot slowly starts to reveal itself, which eventually delivers big, bold, blood-soaked rewards.

The story begins with a stagecoach traversing the wintry Wyoming landscape, with two passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh). Ruth is taking Domergue to the town of Red Rock to bring her to justice and claim a reward of $10,000. On their way, they meet two more people who appear to be stranded in the snow, Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson), a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins), a southern renegade who claims to be the town’s new Sheriff.

As the blizzard finally overtakes them, they take shelter at Minnie’s Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. Here, they come across four unfamiliar faces, Bob (Demian Bichir), who’s taking care of Minnie’s while she’s visiting her mother, Oswaldo Mobray (Tim Roth), the hangman of Red Rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage (Michael Madsen), and Confederate General Sanford Smithers (Bruce Dern). Everything seems fine in the beginning, but soon, Marquis suspects something amiss and informs Ruth. Thereafter, the group is divided into 2, setting the scene for a grand bloodbath.

Along with violence, the topic of racism has been fully exploited in the movie. It hits you hard when Marquis instigates the Confederate General by saying the worst things someone can tell a man about his son. Another example is the letter from Abraham Lincoln that Marquis carries with him and pulls it out every time he needs to build trust with someone.

Everyone in the movie has done a great job at their respective roles. Getting the best out of his actors has always been the hallmark of Quentin Tarantino, and this legacy continues with The Hateful Eight. Go for this for some edge-of-the-seat entertainment, whodunit moments, loads of wit, and plentiful action.

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