Ok… Imagine if the films Clue (1985) and The Breakfast Club (1985) had a baby with Quentin Tarantino, right after the Civil War. That’s the best description I can give of his 8th & newest outing The Hateful Eight. With a star studded cast (Samuel L Jackson, Kurt Russel, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tim Roth, Bruce Dern, Michael Madsen, and Walton Goggins).
Unlike Tarantino’s previous endeavors (Django Unchained, Kill Bill, Inglorious Bastards) this film does not have a cornucopia of lush locations for the naked eye to marvel over. Instead, TH8 takes a page from Tarantino’s first film of critical acclaim Reservoir Dogs and shoots the entire film in one location (give or take). Which is way more entertaining than your average A.D.D. affected mind would assume. With a score as chilling as the scenery, Ennio Morricone gave the audience just enough tension before you knew what was happening and right after you find out.
Let’s get to the premise. Basically eight random strangers are trapped in a blizzard together, and it becomes clear things aren’t what they claim to be. It’s a proverbial who-dunnit with as much exposition as a movie can carry. Jam packed running time of 187 minutes gives you plenty of time to get to know the characters you’re meeting for the first time.
Picture Samuel L Jackson on a fatally cold snowy road, sitting atop three dead men.
Imagine Kurt Russell in a stagecoach making people “jump through hoops” just for a seat,with a handcuffed Jennifer Jason Leigh begrudgingly placed beside him; that’s only the first 5 minutes.
This film is absolutely mind boggling. You know from the first 40 minutes that you are going to have to watch this entire film over again; in a good way. No extra crazy CGI in this movie. No over the top Ex-Machina to come save the day outta the blue. No terribly written plot devices to further drag the story. Nope. Nothing your average film offers here. Just that quintessential dialogue you long for in everything Tarantino delivers. Yes, beloved reader, it seems QT has gone above and beyond to satisfy the more psychologically thrilled film goer.
RATING: Rated R for strong bloody violence, a scene of violent sexual content, language and some graphic nudity.