the hateful eight movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Quentin Tarantino writes and directs this gritty, dark and very violent Western thriller with a talented cast. The Hateful Eight is usually slow, but shocks with climatic action. Older teens and adults will enjoy it.


When a bounty hunter and his captured fugitive find themselves trapped out in the middle of a snowstorm, they seek warmth and shelter at a small lodge packed with twisted liars.

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Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demián Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern
Writer: Quentin Tarantino
Release Date (Australia): 14 January 2016
Runtime: 168 minutes/2h 48m
Genre: Thriller, Crime, Mystery
Country: USA
Language: English, Spanish, French


Themes (MA15+)

The film includes thematic material relating murder, racial discrimination and a disturbing scene depicting a woman being hung by the neck.

Violence (R18+)

The film includes scenes in which people are shot, accompanied by depictions of very large sprays and spurts of blood. There are also depictions of stabbings, dismemberment and sexual violence.

Coarse Language (M)

The film contains frequent use of the word “n****r”, in addition to use of the words “goddamn” and “f**k”.

Nudity (MA15+)

The film contains a scene of brief full frontal male nudity.

Sex (MA15+)

The film includes a scene of sexualised violence, in which a man is depicted being forced to perform oral sex on another man whilst being held at gunpoint.

mpaa rating

R (for strong bloody violence, a scene of violent sexual content, language and some graphic nudity)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Acclaimed director Quentin Tarantino constructs an evil and hateful eight, puts them inside claustrophobic tensity and delivers some unexpected brutality at the climax. The Hateful Eight is extremely watchable, is done splendidly with shocks and even a few laughs, and is especially suitable for fans of the talented filmmaker. His direction, cinematography and style are excellent, going and using old school music and an extra wide aspect ratio.

The thing that truly stands out in The Hateful Eight is just a basic part of the plot, which is creating and executing eight hateful characters, living up to the title, who each lie and have violent or often evil backgrounds. This isn’t a movie you’ll feel any real sympathy for the characters, mainly for the brilliantly staged Daisy Domergue by actress Jennifer Jason Leigh. Kurt Russell and Samuel L. Jackson would definitely be the most memorable in their gritty roles.

The only real issue about this movie is its very slow pace, as a result of how extended it is and the amount of talking. It’s watchable, exciting and is often able to keep an audience engaged. However, some viewers will easily be bored for nearly the entire thing. The brutal gun violence mainly starts to arrive at the rising action act, is present for the climax, but the lowering action point isn’t not dark or twisted.

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