The Hateful Eight (PG) *** – By Shirl Hollenberg

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SAMUEL L. JACKSON stars in THE HATEFUL EIGHT an ENTERTAINMENT ONE release Photo: Andrew Cooper, smsp.

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SAMUEL L. JACKSON stars in THE HATEFUL EIGHT an ENTERTAINMENT ONE release Photo: Andrew Cooper, smsp.
SAMUEL L. JACKSON stars in THE HATEFUL EIGHT an ENTERTAINMENT ONE release. Photo: Andrew Cooper, smsp.

Up to no good in the wild, wild west director Quentin Tarantino turns up the heat with The Hateful Eight. Yuletide greetings come early in this wild odyssey from EOne Entertainment and the Weinstein Brothers now duking it out with space aliens at Cineplex Odeon arenas across B.C.

Women can be problematic – especially if you’re a prisoner of war. Bad news and a date with the hangman await the not so pretty Daisy Domergue. Call Jennifer Jason Leigh a rose among thorns as the miss gets  railroaded to a desolate spot on route to Red Rock with the help of a not so friendly bounty hunter named John Ruth. Cold as ice is a sneering Kurt Russell who comes across all sorts of crazy characters on his countryside mission.

Tarantino veteran Samuel l. Jackson mostly steals the show as a fast talking Major Marquis Warren, who like most oddballs in this three hour movie, talks quite the game. Told in five parts with a 12 minute  intermission The  Hateful Eight is long on prose but less on action. Instead we are treated  to a pretty noble tale of vengeance and family loyalty with enough of Tarantino’s patented violent outbursts to keep his legion of fans pleased and on  the ready. Sly but subtle nuances from the likes of Michael Marsden and Bruce Dern flesh out this raunchy tale of frontier justice with enough twists and turns to keep you intrigued and amused throughout.