Irish Film Institute -THE HATEFUL EIGHT


Director: Quentin Tarantino

167 Minutes, U.S.A., 2015, Digital

This film was released 8th January 2016, and is no longer screening.

★★★★★ The Guardian

Quentin Tarantino’s latest foray into genre revisionism is another western, but, like Django Unchained (2012) before it, The Hateful Eight filters the tropes of the genre through its creator’s uniquely cinematic vision. The plot is a model of economy: in post-civil war Wyoming, a group of strangers, including bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his quarry Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh), are forced to take refuge from a blizzard and are soon embroiled in a tense game of treachery and deceit.

The Hateful Eight delivers on everything we expect from Tarantino – the characters are three-dimensional, the dialogue crackles, and the gunplay is exactly as it ought to be. The lengthy running time affords space for backstory and digressions that add depth and shade to the ensuing drama, strengthening our impression that nothing about these characters is quite as it appears. (Notes by Dave O’Mahony)

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