The Hateful Eight Review by Sputnik

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…

Liked it but found out that it is copied from a TV show. Its very leisurely paced and quite long. At first its difficult to understand with so many characters. Around the climax the movie became very interesting like a nice suspense thriller but the ending was tame.

Samuel L. Jackson was excellent as always and he is the star of the show. Kurt Russell was very good too. Jennifer Jason Leigh was excellent too and she deserves the Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress that she got. Tim Roth was good too. Michael Madsen does not have much of a role and am not sure why he even agreed to the part. Bruce Dern was very good too. Channing Tatum is good too in a small role.

The background score by Ennio Morricone is excellent and he has deservingly been nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Score. The movie has also been nominated for Best Cinematography. The few outdoor scenes are good but most of the movie is shot indoor and there is nothing great about that.

P.S. This was originally a comment I made in February 2016. Here is the post I made on the movie being inspired/copied from the TV show The Rebel.


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