I reckon that the apparent lack of suspense is a legacy of the original trilogy formula of knowing when our heroes are in peril somebody (usually Gandalf) appears out of nowhere to save the day. Geez I'm beginning to find this tiresome.
Its classic Deus ex machina, and if these devices are...
Re: Inglorious Bastards
Its actually Inglorious Basterds. Dunno why Tarantino chose to spell it that way, but that's its official title.
Oh...and the script can be found pretty easily on-line, if anybody really wants to know what its all about.
Re: the Russell Crowe film it was to based on the John Hepworth book "The long green shore" he was to star, direct and produce after he made A Beautiful mind, not sure of its status now, but would appear to be in "deveolpment hell".