The Hateful Eight (dir. Quentin Tarantino, 2015) – A blizzard forces bounty hunter John Ruth and his prisoner Daisy Domergue to seek refuge at Minnie’s Haberdashery, where its inhabitants harbour unseen intentions.
Verbose, ruthless and amusing, The Hateful Eight is unapologetically Tarantino-esque and charmingly so.
In the harsh winters of Wyoming, John Ruth the Hangman (Kurt Russell) stays committed to his mission: to lead his prisoner Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) to the noose at Red Rock for murder.
An unexpected blizzard forces them to reroute as they trudge on towards warm shelter. Under the roof of Minnie’s Haberdashery seats a band of nefarious strangers with a larger ploy at hand, driven by hate as promised by the title in bold.
The Hateful Eight marks Quentin Tarantino’s 8 1/2 (My Best Friend’s Birthday inclusive) and his second western of a planned trilogy. Three years after Django Unchained and thankfully despite the script leak controversy, Tarantino slips back comfortably into familiar territory.