Quentin Tarantino is no stranger to controversy and he has been gleefully provoking audiences since 1992 when he stormed the Sundance Film Festival with his incendiary debut feature, Reservoir Dogs.
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 his comments about police brutality, some critics charged Tarantino with misogyny, and selected screenings of a 70mm version of the film were hit with technical problems.
Controversy and gremlins aside, Tarantino’s eighth film is a gritty period piece set shortly after the American Civil War, bookmarked into six blood-spattered chapters 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 for murder.
When they’re forced to seek refuge for the night, other lodgers include rival bounty hunter Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L Jackson), town hangman Oswaldo Mobray (Tim Roth), unassuming cowboy Joe Gage (Michael Madsen) and former Confederate General Sandy Smithers (Bruce Dern).
Town sheriff Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins) is also present, hoping to keep the peace. With a sizeable bounty on Daisy’s head, trigger fingers become itchy and Ruth faces a battle of bullets and wits to cling onto his valuable prisoner.
THE HATEFUL EIGHT (18, 168 mins)
Starring: Samuel L Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demian Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, James Parks, Zoe Bell, Channing Tatum, Dana Gourrier
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Released: January 8