A group of hardened Nazi killers stalk their prey in Nazi-occupied France as a Jewish cinema owner plots to take down top-ranking SS officers during the official premiere of a high-profile German propaganda film. As far as Lt. Aldo Raine (aka Aldo the Apache," Brad Pitt) -- is concerned, the only good Nazi is a dead Nazi. Raine's mission is to ...
A group of hardened Nazi killers stalk their prey in Nazi-occupied France as a Jewish cinema owner plots to take down top-ranking SS officers during the official premiere of a high-profile German propaganda film. As far as Lt. Aldo Raine (aka Aldo the Apache," Brad Pitt) -- is concerned, the only good Nazi is a dead Nazi. Raine's mission is to strike fear into the heart of Adolf Hitler by brutally murdering as many goose-steppers as possible, or die trying. In order to accomplish that goal, Lt. Raine recruits a ruthless team of cold-blooded killers known as "The Basterds" which includes baseball-bat-wielding Bostonian Sgt. Donnie Donowitz (aka "The Bear Jew," Eli Roth) and steely psychopath Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz (Til Schweiger), among others. When the Basterds' secret rendezvous with turncoat German actress Bridget von Hammersmark (Diane Kruger) goes awry, they learn that the Nazis will be staging the French premiere of "The Nation's Pride," a rousing propaganda film based on the exploits of German hero Fredrick Zoller (Daniel Brühl), at a modest theater owned by Jewish cinephile Shoshanna Dreyfus (Mélanie Laurent), posing as a Gentile after the brutal murder of her family by the ruthless Col. Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz). As the Basterds hatch an explosive plan to take out as many Nazis as possible at the premiere, they remain completely oblivious to the fact that Shoshanna, too, longs to bring the Third Reich to its knees, and that she's willing to sacrifice her beloved theater in the process. Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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Full disclosure: I'm not generally a Tarantino fan. But I love history and the idea of a bunch of nazis getting scalped sounded amazing. I'm also really into action films.
The thing that surprised me about this was that the majority of the film is not in English. It's got German and French characters with English subtitles. I think this really works for the film (despite it requiring more attention). The European talents have really amazing voices (and Diane Kruger! Who knew!) and are ridiculously stylish. It's visually stunning.
Brad Pitt is totally inspired. He's hilarious, and you'll be reminded of his performances in "Kalifornia" and "12 Monkeys." He's that good.
The one thing that detracted from the story was the plot had a tendency to wander at times, but the adventure was so good you're pretty OK with going along for the ride.
There's lots of Tarantino's trademark side-plots and well-rounded and a particularly moving story about a Jewish girl's revenge against some natzis. I highly recommend this for anybody who likes history, revenge fantasies, and tongue-in-cheek violence.