Rent The Hateful Eight (2015)

3.4 of 5 from 535 ratings
2h 41min
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Synopsis:
Six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh), 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 (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.
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 (Demian Bichir), who's taking care of Minnie's while she's visiting her mother, is holed up with Oswaldo Mobray (Tim Roth), the hangman of Red Rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage (Michael Madsen), and Confederate General Sanford Smithers (Bruce Dern). As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all…
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Richard N. Gladstein
Narrated By:
Quentin Tarantino
Writers:
Quentin Tarantino
Others:
Ennio Morricone, Robert Richardson
Studio:
Entertainment In Video
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Drama
Awards:

2016 BAFTA Best Music

2016 Oscar Best Music Original Score

BBFC:
Release Date:
09/05/2016
Run Time:
161 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Bonus:
  • Beyond the Eight: A Behind the Scenes Look
  • Sam Jackson's Guide to Glorious 70mm
  • Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
09/05/2016
Run Time:
167 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.76:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English
Bonus:
  • Beyond the Eight: A Behind-the-Scenes Look
  • Sam Jackson's Guide to Glorious 70mm

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Reviews (8) of The Hateful Eight

Make that nine. - The Hateful Eight review by Steve Mason

Very long, poorly scripted, pointless revisionist western. I'm still angry. Maybe ok for lovers of gratuitous violence.

3 out of 5 members found this review helpful.

Good second half - The Hateful Eight review by PC

This is really a cross between an Agatha Christie whodunit and a sprawling western, unfortunately it takes a good hour and a half to get there. Once it gets going its a good old fashioned violent western Tarantino style, the acting is great but why do all films have to be over 2 hours these days.

1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

In keeping with (the director's) history - The Hateful Eight review by AM

Right at the start of the film, you are told this is Quentin Tarantino's 8th film. Which it is, if you strip out the partial films, the producer films etc. lets have a look:

Reservoir Dogs - brilliant cult hit, violence, unpleasant characters, sparkling crisp funny dialogue

Pulp fiction - the crossover film, violence, unpleasant characters, sparkling crisp funny dialogue

Jackie Brown - where he tries something different, less swearing and violence, more plot, a good film but disappointed some fans

Kill Bill 1 & II - the cartoon films - violence, unpleasant characters, sparkling crisp funny dialogue

inglourious basterds - Quentin does a war film, violence, unpleasant characters, crisp dialogue, questionable approach to history

Django Unchained - Quentin does slavery, more violence than ever before, unpleasant characters, some crisp dialogue

The Hateful Eight....

Can you see a pattern? Maybe it's me, but Tarantino has been doing his blood and gore with clever words schtick for 8 flims now, and I'm a bit bored. The violence ramps up, but the humour is decreasing. And there is a commonality of ending too, which means you've a fairly good idea of how the film will end before you start. The hateful eight continues the theme (this time, it's a western). Kurt Russell is worth watching, he's a vastly underrated actor and the best bit of the film. But I've reached the stage where I don't get excited about a Tarantino movie. I'd really like to see Tarantino go back to what he tried with Jackie Brown and do something slightly different. But this just a film where he rethreads his past glories into a new setting. Maybe if you are 18, and have never seen any of the first 7 films you'd be blown away (pardon the pun). But I can't see anything new here.

4 out of 4 members found this review helpful.

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