INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS (2009 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.6|5.0 Starsìììì

Inglourious Basterds—a tribute to gore a la Quentin Tarantino style—survives on a fictionalized account of an assassination attempt on Adolph Hitler’s life during World War II. Brad Pitt barely survives in this film with an accent that doesn’t quite pass and a face that just doesn’t fit the Apache-style violence necessary to carry the script’s character of Lieutenant Aldo Raine.

Storyline

Jewish-American soldiers recruited into a United States Special Force unit learn and execute Native American warfare tactics that include scalping and body mutilation to inspire fear into German ground forces.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Quentin Tarantino and Eli Roth for directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producers Lloyd Phillips, Pilar Savone, Erica Seinberg, Bob Weinstein, and Harvey Weinstein for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Shosanna (Mélanie Laurent), Colonel Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz), Sergeant Donny Donowitz (Eli Roth), Lieutenant Archie Hicox (Michael Fassbender), Bridget von Hammersmark (Diane Kruger), Frederick Zoller (Daniel Brühl), Sergeant Hugo Stiglitz (Til Schweiger), and Corporal Wilhelm Wicki (Gedeon Burkhard).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. While gore is the main staple of this movie, there is a fair to middling understory that is interesting to contemplate.

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