Friday, February 19, 2016

The Hatefull Eight (film review)

"Some time after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. Bounty hunter John Ruth and his fugitive captive Daisy Domergue race towards the town of Red Rock, where Ruth will bring Daisy to justice. Along the road, they encounter Major Marquis Warren (an infamous bounty hunter) and Chris Mannix (a man who claims to be Red Rock's new sheriff). Lost in a blizzard, the bunch seeks refuge at Minnie's Haberdashery. When they arrive they are greeted by unfamiliar faces: Bob, who claims to be taking care of the place while Minnie is gone; Oswaldo Mobray, the hangman of Red Rock; Joe Gage, a cow puncher; and confederate general Sanford Smithers. As the storm overtakes the mountainside, the eight travelers come to learn that they might not make it to Red Rock after all..."  IMDb

 Staring Samuel L Jackson, Kurt Russel, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walter Gogins, Damian Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madson, Bruce Dem. And directed by Quentin Tarantino.

 This is a western, but with a difference.  Rather than the usual shoot'em'up riding across the range, killing Indians, this is much more subtle.  Not an Indian in sight. A group of people thrown together in a cabin, more a who's who, or psychological thriller than a cowboy film. 
 I found it slow starting, but with solid acting right through, the sets and weapons are right (yes they did have a muzzle flash with gun powder)  The film starts to grip you after a while and you start wondering what is going on behind the scenes, who is good and who is bad, and why.
 I not going to give too much away but it wouldn't be a Tarantino without some blood and gore....

Waynes rating.  8/10 Worth a watch.

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