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Hate Eight review: Tarantino's battle of bullets and wits

The Hateful Eight (18, 168 mins)

Writer-director Quentin Tarantino is no stranger to controversy and his eighth film, action-packed western The Hateful Eight, has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons on the other side of the Atlantic.

Law-enforcement unions threatened a boycott in response to the filmmaker's comments about police brutality while some critics have charged Tarantino with misogyny, and selected screenings of a 70mm version of the film were blighted with technical problems including out-of-focus images, improperly synced sound and failing projectors. The Hateful Eight is a gritty piece set shortly after the American Civil War and follows bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell) as he escorts prisoner Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) to Red Rock where she will be tried and hanged for murder. As the bounty hunter and Daisy trek through the rural wilds of Wyoming, a blizzard forces them to seek refuge in a stagecoach lodge called Minnie's Haberdashery.

The owner, Minnie Mink (Dana Gourrier), is away visiting her mother, so Bob (Demian Bichir) is running the establishment. Other lodgers include rival bounty hunter Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L Jackson), town hangman Oswaldo Mobray (Tim Roth), quiet cowboy Joe Gage (Michael Madsen), former Confederate General Sandy Smithers (Bruce Dern) and town sheriff Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins).

With a bounty on Daisy's head, how can Ruth cling on to his valuable prisoner.

Four stars

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