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Edge of the seat thriller

Great filmmakers often develop their signature styles of storytelling. Quentin Tarantino is one of them. The panache with which he executes his themes has meant that any Tarantino film is awaited with bated breath by cine lovers worldwide. Inglourious Basterds is one such film by Hollywood’s enfante terrible. And this time, he creates his own fantasy world in which a bunch of Jewish soldiers led by a cranky American Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) joins hands with revenge-seeking French beauty Shosanna Drefus (Melanie Laurent) on a mission to eliminate the whole leadership of the Third Reich, including Adolf Hitler, in a movie theatre.

The movie has all trademarks of Tarantino — fast-paced and superbly-executed action sequences, edge of the seat thrill and almost outlandish-yet-somehow-convincing storyline. The film’s highpoint, however, is neither all this nor Brad Pitt. Instead, it is Christoph Waltz, who superbly plays the cold-blooded Nazi colonel Hans Landa, who has his own agenda. The role brought him the best actor’s honour at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.

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