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Inglorious Basterds (2009)

20 minutes too long, but brilliant none the less is the only way to describe Quentin Tarantino’s latest film Inglorious Basterds. In true Tarantino fashion, this film is an all encompassing experience and a treat for seasoned movie watchers. From the moment you sit down, to the moment you stand up to leave, this film will have you laughing, groaning, and covering your eyes all while sitting on the edge of your seat eagerly anticipating the next scene.

This film takes a look at an alternate Nazi Germany in which the top echelon of Nazi leaders attend a film premier at a cinema in Nazi occupied Paris.  The film tracks two separate attempts to kill Hitler; one by a group of American Jewish men out for revenge who affectionately call themselves the ‘basterds’ and the other by a young Jewish girl named Shoshanna (Melanie Laurent), the only survivor of a Nazi attack on her family by the ‘Jew hunter’.  In true Tarantino style, neither group are aware of the others attempts to assassinate Hitler.

The film opens in 1941 where we see Colonel Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz) of the Waffen-SS, proudly known as the ‘Jew hunter’ questioning Perrier LaPadite (Denis Menochet), a dairy farmer being accused of hiding fellow Jews.  Landa breaks LaPadite and ends up killing all the Jews he is hiding except Shoshanna.

Four years later, Shoshanna has assumed an alternate identity of Emmanuelle Mimieux, a french women who owns a cinema in Paris.   She becomes the object of affection for Frederick Zoller (Daniel Bruhel), a German sniper turned movie star, who looks to have the premier of his film, A Nation’s Pride, moved to her cinema.  She is not taken with Zoller and realizes that having the premier at her cinema will allow her to enact her plot for revenge on Hans Landa in perfect fashion.

In the meantime, the basterds lead by Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt), learn of the movie premier taking place in Paris and realize that this may prove to be the best opportunity to seek their revenge on high-ranking Nazi officials.  They coordinate with a German film star turned double agent, Bridget von Hammersmark (Diane Kruger) and gain access to the movie premier under the guise of Italian film makers.

From this point on, the film continues to showcase what Tarantino is best known for; plot twists, ‘shoot’em up action’, witty dialogue and an ending that is sure to have you on the edge of your seat.  On top of excellent directing and writing on Tarantino’s part, this film does an excellent job showcasing it’s relatively unknown cast.  With the exception of Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger and Eli Roth, Inglorious Basterds is a film that introduces North American audiences to the incredible talents of Christop Waltz, Melanie Laurent, and Daniel Bruhel.

This film runs 2 hours and 33 minutes and is perhaps the only major draw-back to this film.  This is a film you want to see and it’s worth your $12.50.  Well written, well cast and well directed; this is one of the best films to date of 2009.

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