What happens when you trap eight abominable characters in a small haberdashery at the height of a winter blizzard? Hint: There's a lot of red in the snow.
“The Hateful Eight” is director/writer Quentin Tarantino's eighth film starring some actors who are no stranger to Tarantino movies. For example, Samuel L. Jackson was in “Pulp Fiction,” “Django Unchained” and even “Kill Bill: Vol. 2;” Michael Madsen was in the Kill Bill series as well as “Reservoir Dogs.” Tim Roth was also in “Pulp Fiction” and “Reservoir Dogs,” while Kurt Russel is no stranger to Tarantino collaborations.
Although it has some similarities to other films by Tarantino, such as its ominous tone and perpetual gore, “The Hateful Eight” is different from other Tarantino films in that the nearly the whole film is set in the same place, without cutting out to different scenes.
In the warmth of Minnie's Haberdashery, the audience is able to get comfortable with the eight curious characters, and the actors themselves were able to shine – and shine they do.
“The Hateful Eight” follows bounty hunter John Ruth, known as “The Hangman,” (Kurt Russel, “Deathproof”), who is taking the unpalatable Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh, “The Machinist”) to nearby Red Rock to turn her in to the authorities amid a frigid winter storm in post-Civil War era Wyoming.
Being trailed by a powerful blizzard, the captive and her captor must take refuge at Minnie's Haberdashery, but not before picking up a few other characters along the way: Major Marquiz Warren, “The Bounty Hunter” (Samuel L. Jackson) and Sheriff Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins, “Django Unchained”).
At the haberdashery, the sheriff, the hangman and the bounty hunter, as well as the captive Daisy, meet some nefarious characters, who turn out to have a deadly connection with our familiar friends. How the rest unfolds, well, you'll have to find out — if you can stomach it.
The characters, are, as the title states, hateful; in fact, the audience will have a hard time finding a protagonist in this Tarantino film. But if you're a Tarantino fan, as I am, this shouldn't deter you from admiring the film, hateful as it is.
Shot on Ultra Panavision 70 mm film, “The Hateful Eight” does a convincing job of keeping that signature Tarantino “classic movie” flavor, all while presenting clear, absolutely breathtaking shots of the frigid Wyoming winter.
“The Hateful Eight” is rated R for dismembered limbs, splattered brain matter, racist language other things you can't un-see.
Well, actually, it's rated R for strong bloody violence, a scene of violent sexual content, language and some graphic nudity.