There is no doubt that Tarantino is possibly one of the most knowledgeable people in all of film, and because of that his films tend to borrow from a number of sources. Inglourious Basterds took equal parts from World War II films, Spaghetti Westerns, and his favorite genre, grindhouse. Tarantino effortlessly mixes genres in a way that creates compelling tales on the silver screen. I’m of the opinion that his continual homages to lesser known films sometimes take away from his originality. A mere glance at Django Unchained shows that it is going to be much of the same, but I doubt he will fail to please the audience he has aimed his film at again. I, for one, am looking forward to this almost as much as I’m looking forward to films like The Dark Knight Rises and The Great Gatsby. Let’s hope it lives up to expectations.
Studio Summary: Set in the South two years before the Civil War, “Django Unchained” stars Academy Award®-winner Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Academy Award®-winner Christoph Waltz). Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. The unorthodox Schultz acquires Django with a promise to free him upon the capture of the Brittles – dead or alive.
Success leads Schultz to free Django, though the two men choose not to go their separate ways. Instead, Schultz seeks out the South’s most wanted criminals with Django by his side. Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago.
Django and Schultz’s search ultimately leads them to Calvin Candie (Academy Award®-nominee Leonardo DiCaprio), the proprietor of “Candyland,” an infamous plantation where slaves are groomed by trainer Ace Woody (Kurt Russell) to battle each other for sport. Exploring the compound under false pretenses, Django and Schultz arouse the suspicion of Stephen (Academy Award®-nominee Samuel L. Jackson), Candie’s trusted house slave. Their moves are marked, and a treacherous organization closes in on them. If Django and Schultz are to escape with Broomhilda, they must choose between independence and solidarity, between sacrifice and survival…
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, Gerald McRaney, Dennis Christopher, Laura Cayouette, M.C. Gainey, Don Johnson, Kerry Washington, Anthony LaPaglia, RZA, Tom Wopat, James Remar, James Russo, Todd Allen
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Release Date: December 25, 2012