The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth and his fugitive Daisy Domergue, race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as “The Hangman,” will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren, a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix, a southern renegade who claims to be the town’s new Sheriff. Losing their lead on the blizzard, Ruth, Domergue, Warren and Mannix seek refuge at Minnie's Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. When they arrive at Minnie’s, they are greeted not by the proprietor but by four unfamiliar faces. Bob, who’s taking care of Minnie’s while she’s visiting her mother, is holed up with Oswaldo Mobray, the hangman of Red Rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage, and Confederate General Sanford Smithers . As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all…
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demián Bichir.
Release Date: Dec 25, 2015
Rated R for Strong Bloody Violence, Some Graphic Nudity, Language and Violent Sexual Content.
Runtime: 2 hr. 47 min.
Genres: Action/Adventure, Suspense/Thriller
The Hateful Eight will probably end up being one of Quentin Tarantino’s most divisive films of his careers. Personally I found plenty to love here as he pulls from Sergio Leone with a healthy dose of Agatha Christie but it’s a slow burn sort of film. It’s easy to see why many people could be turned off. The film plays out like a cinematic stage play with a heavy focus on dialogue and characters. As always Tarantino brings out the best in his actors, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Walton Goggins benefit the most here, even while they’re playing some fairly despicable characters. Each character is a fascinating twisted sort that populates most of Tarantino’s films but with an old west slant. Watching him sets them up in a twist version of Twelve Angry Men with a healthier dose of blood and carnage especially in the final act. The final act does sort take a different tone as things get more extreme and violent which might turn off some people but it’s just Tarantino being Tarantino, grindhouse will always be in his blood.